5 Plug-in Hybrids -- Arriving Soon


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Volkswagen Golf Twin Drive

The Volkswagen Golf Twin Drive will use a diesel engine instead of a gasoline engine along with an electric battery.
The Volkswagen Golf Twin Drive will use a diesel engine instead of a gasoline engine along with an electric battery.
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German automaker Volkswagen has experimented with several car models that use diesel and hybrid powertrains, two technologies that have taken a long time for American drivers to grow accustomed to. Now, however, Volkswagen is working on a new concept that will marry diesel and hybrid technologies together into one design, a plug-in hybrid called the Golf Twin Drive.

This technology, combining a 122-horsepower diesel engine and an 82-horsepower electric motor, will debut inside a typical Golf model design. Volkswagen also plans to work with electronics company Sanyo to develop lithium-ion batteries, which should give the Golf Twin Drive an all-electric range of about 31 miles (49.9 kilometers). Expect to see fleet models emerging sometime in 2010, with potential mass-production to follow.