Tesla’s cofounder Martin Eberhard heads VW’s lab in Palo Alto which researches batteries. Using laptop type lithium ion batteries, he is able to make a 200 mile range full EV Golf and Audi e-tron with a 300 mile range. Toyota is also looking at using laptop type batteries for their car through the researchers at Tesla.
How soon will it be before a VW electric vehicle or Golf hybrid comes along?
The first car that VW has confirmed is the 2012 VW Jetta hybrid. Specs are still under wraps but it should be a nice preview of the Golf full EV or VW’s next full electric vehicle.