VW Hybrid

he VW Hybrid team has prepared a line up of vehicles. Of the proposed cars, the Touareg hybrid has made it to production. The Touareg starts at around $60,000 and accelerates from there.

World Record Jetta

Motor Trend driver and editor Carlos Lago hit 185.394 mph in a modified Jetta Hybrid.

Hybrid Bug?

There has been discussion of a VW Beetle hybrid for the past few years. The hybrid electric bug has been reported to be partially powered by a 20 kW electric motor combined with the gas (or diesel) motor for a total power of 177 hp. An average 45 mpg for the concept car has been estimated.

The second generation gas powered bug puts out some 150 hp and 170 ft-lbs torque. The 2nd gen bug however only returns some 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. That's one hungry bug.

The original beetle rated at about 50 hp power output was also rated at around 33 mpg average. VW sold nearly 22 million beetles.

It sounds cool, but so far, the hybrid Beetle awaits production.

The VW Touareg


The VW Touareg has been around for the past 10 years. It was designed to hang with the Porsche Cayenne. The Touareg is an off road capable vehicle as well as around town, highway hauling SUV. Four wheel drive is standard as ride height adjustment. Power and speed at a price. Fuel economy and CO2 output was not much considered. Enter the hybrid version.
VW Jetta Hybrid

The Jetta hybrid is powered by a the TSI turbocharged 1.4 liter, direct injection TSI gas burner matched to a 27 hp electric motor. The battery pack is kind of small at just 1.1 kWh, but the car tips the scales at 3,300 pounds.

The car is supposed to hit 44 mph in electric only mode, and run for some 1.2 miles on just the battery. Combined mpg is stated at 45 mpg. Test drives are positive and compare the Jetta to the Toyota Prius. The Jetta in modified form however is a world record holder.

VW Golf Hybrid

The VW Golf is another Volkswagen model moving from a 1974 gas powered car to hybrid power sometime. The hybrid version first unveiled in 2008, is still a concept car at this point.

Note that the Golf has also been configured as a concept BEV. The battery only version is powered by a an electric motor making 114 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The electric Golf sports a 26.5-kWh lithium-ion battery.

The hybrid version however is powered by the combination of a 3-cylinder, 74 hp diesel engine linked to a 27 hp electric motor stated to produce 103 ft-lbs torque. The power is routed through a 7-speed transmission. The concept car also features battery recharge by regenerative braking.

Electric power is stored in a 1.4 kWh nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The combined gas/electric fuel economy is some 83 mpg! The car will hit 60 mph in under 13 seconds and top out at 113 mph.

The specs are impressive, but the car is not yet on the show room floor.

VW + Porsche

VW plans to add plug in models of the Porsche 918 Spyder and Panamera in 2014.

PHEV versions of the Porsche Panamera and 918 Spyder to the electric-drive vehicles set to debut in 2014. Additionally the German manufacturer aims to add a plug in Passat, Golf and Audi Q7 SUV in year 2014.

VW Twin UP!

The Twin-UP! Concept claims 257 mpg with just 27grams per kilometer of CO2 emitted during driving. The car features a small diesel engine and electric motor run by a battery pack big enough to provide 31 miles of pollution free electric only driving. Combined power is 74 hp fiving a top end of 87 mph and 0-60 mph in under 16 seconds. Not exactly a clock stopper, but one clean machine. No word on production.