Up won’t come down

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

A PLUG-IN Golf will not join the elec­tric car stam­pede in Aus­tralia. Volk­swa­gen has three blue-e-mo­tion mod­els on the way — the baby Up, Golf and Jetta — but it doesn’t plan to bring any Down Un­der.

In­stead, Volk­swa­gen is wait­ing for the Fed­eral Govern­ment to com­mit to plugin in­fra­struc­ture be­fore it tries to build a busi­ness case for its elec­tric cars.

Volk­swa­gen Group Aus­tralia head Anke Koeck­ler says: ‘‘There is a need for this technology. The car com­pa­nies can only do so much.

‘‘So far as I know the Govern­ment is not work­ing on the in­fra­struc­ture for this green technology.

‘‘We don’t have any net­work. With these huge dis­tances (in Aus­tralia), it’s not a car that peo­ple want.’’

The first of the bat­tery-pow­ered Golfs was pre­sented to Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel a week ago be­fore a trial with 500 cars.

Also, theBMWGroup is test­ing the Mini and 3-Se­ries with elec­tric bat­tery power.

Volk­swa­gen will have a plug-in Up first and fol­low with the Golf and Jetta in 2013. It plans to lead the world in sus­tain­able mo­tor­ing by 2018 as part of a broader plan to over­take Toy­ota as the world’s No.1 car­maker by 2020.

In Ger­many, the Govern­ment plans to have a mil­lion elec­tric cars on the roads by 2020.

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