27 Feb '15, 9pm

Are PHEV Concepts Leading To VW’s Market Dominance?

Volkswagen is releasing a second plug-in concept this year as it moves forward with plans to become the electrified vehicle market leader. In September 2013, Volkswagen announced that its goal was “market leadership in electric mobility by 2018.” Two plug-in hybrids are debuting this year as part of that plan. Last month, VW showed off its Cross Coupe GTE in Detroit (pictured above). As a crossover, the prototype follows recent trends for automakers to bring more SUV-like hybrids to consumers. The electrified portion of the Cross Coupe GTE’s powertrain consists of a 54-horsepower motor in the front and a 114-horsepower motor in the rear. Mounted in the center tunnel is 14.1-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery. Volkswagen plug-in hybrid concept due to be revealed March in Geneva. With its 3.6-liter gasoline engine, the Cross Coupe GTE has a combined output of 355 horsepower. ...

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