29 Sep '14, 1pm

Promised VW Passat plug-in hybrid to debut at Paris show; both sedan and wagon

This year is a year for NOTHING related to 1st GEN German PHEVs. They entered into an epidemy of wrong sizings, endless copying each others errors, that started with Porsche Panamera PHEV earlier this year. They all go with a ridiculous / far too small # 10KWH battery packs (vs 30 KWH required to make all local commutes with one charge every 2 x days, so a good 3000 x cycles battery can last > 15 years, and reselling value is decent. Compared to 2 x charges per day required with 10 KWH and 5 years to wear the battery hence a cheaty reselling value of the used car tomorrow). And they all go with ridiculous # 100 HP or less Electric motors power, so that all electric mode is just un-acceptable for their demanding customers, so at the end these PHEVs will be used in mixed mode using the electric part as an extra turbo for the ICE engine that will be kept always on, minimizing...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/09/20140929-passatgt...

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