Up won’t come down
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.