VW TDI forum, Audi, Porsche, and Chevy Cruze Diesel forum banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts
D

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
The VW hybrid golf is dead if you haven't heard but they are in the works for the next gen model.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080511/tc_nm/volkswagen_sanyo_dc_1




TOKYO (Reuters) - German carmaker Volkswagen and Japan's Sanyo Electric Co will jointly develop a lithium-ion battery to be used in hybrid and electric cars, the Nikkei financial daily reported on Sunday.

Volkswagen will aim to start importing and using the battery in its hybrid and electric cars by 2012, the Nikkei said.

The move comes after plans by Nissan Motor Co and NEC Corp to start mass-producing lithium-ion batteries, considered more environmentally friendly than nickel-hydrogen ones.

Sanyo makes nickel-hydrogen batteries that can be recharged repeatedly and the batteries will be used by Volkswagen and subsidiary Audi AG in the Volkswagen group's first hybrid model to be rolled out as early as next year.

But the lithium-ion battery to be jointly developed would be smaller and lighter than nickel-hydrogen batteries, enabling the car's weight to be cut by 200-300 kilograms (440-660 pounds), the Nikkei said.

The new battery would also allow the car to have better fuel efficiency and acceleration, it added.

Sanyo, which has the biggest global share of lithium-ion batteries used in personal computers and mobile phones, plans to invest nearly 100 billion yen ($973 million) to make and develop them over the next three years
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
23,902 Posts
2012 seems like a reasonable time frame for the next rabbit/golf. IIRC, they were redesigning the golf to lower production costs. A 400-600 lb loss would be a big deal in increasing mileage.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
298 Posts
Light weight is key to a hybrid. Another reason why the rabbit hybrid should have been killed off is because it would have been a tank. If they released a tank of a hybrid and advertised it as a fuel sipper, for $30,000, IMO, they would have lost a lot of sales to the prius. Remember, the next gen prius would be out by the time the rabbit hybrid is released.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
64 Posts
I could imagine the prius getting a 10% increase in mileage, or maybe they will just keep the mileage the same but add features and luxury. I hope the TDI hybrid leaps over the prius. But if they put this battery in the prius then any advantage will be evened out.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
89 Posts
IMO, this is much more realistic than a hyrdrogen fuel cell car. The problem wih H is that there is no infrastructure. It says that Audi may roll out a hybrid as early as next year ,I haven't heard anything about that.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
371 Posts
If the next gen prius is that much better, it will be a much more attractive car. You can get a prius at MSRP, the new Jetta TDI sportwagen is supposed to have a big markup and probably will have one for a while.
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top