‘Burning oil is so 20th Century.’
Elon Musk said, “I think there are more politicians in favor of electric cars than against. There are still some that are against, and I think the reasoning for that varies depending on the person, but in some cases, they just don’t believe in climate change – they think oil will last forever.”
With Musk’s Tesla Motors’ and Panasonic’s announcement of a partnership on the Giga-Factory to produce batteries for half a million EVs per year by 2020, alternative transportation will be well on its way to motorists everywhere.
Carlos Ghosn of Renault-Nissan said, “The time is right for electric cars – in fact the time is critical. Electric cars are not going to take the market by storm, but it’s going to be a gradual improvement. EVs are going to be very important for urban transportation.”
The article ‘Why does the LEAF look different than other Nissan cars?’ on August 7 ‘plugged’ the plug-in Nissan Leaf. The decision makers at Renault-Nissan – including the above quoted- are of the opinion that a car that is different, should also look different.
Now the Volkswagen e-Golf EV is charging ahead with a philosophy that is different from the before-mentioned. The Germans reason that potential early EV buyers are more interested in practicality, and less in showing others their everyday, but Eco-friendly ‘V-Dub’ with a different exterior.
After selling more than 30 million Golfs, VW reinvented the popular hatchback with the seventh generation by using a new version of platform-sharing. They call it MQB; liberally interpreted as Modular Transverse Toolbox. It allows different sizes and shapes of cars to be assembled, one after the other, with the only common dimension being the distance between the center-line of the front wheels and the pedal-box assembly.
In this way a dozen different successive Volkswagen Group cars could be ‘put together’ on the assembly line, (video) without having to make any changes. The vehicles could be a Golf, Passat, Audi A3, Jetta, Polo, up!, or similar Seat or Skoda model, with either a gasoline engine of various sizes, a pure battery electric motor (video), various diesel engines, a hybrid combination, a range extended electric powertrain, and in the future a fuel cell electric unit — all from the Modular Transverse Toolbox.
There is no need to explain the Golf to you, so let’s look at a few Golf goofs and goofy Golfs not everyone knows about.
When the fifth generation of the popular car was rolled out in 2003, the Major of VW’s hometown came up with this idea.
Then there is the Design Vision GTI, as reported by the BBC, or the even more interesting tale about the Golf in the ‘race to the clouds’ at Pikes Peak in Colorado.
The 2005 Golf production model GT TSI had a supercharger and a turbo charger, an unusual ‘twin charger’ combination.
Would you believe that a Golf can tear up a drag strip in under 10 seconds at over 400 km/h – here is proof.
Since Golf is in its seventh generation, this seventh link explains that it was designed not in Germany, but in Italy.
Much work remains to be done to improve the batteries for MOTOR-cars, before the IC-Engine age ends, no matter how crazy powerful and popular any car (video) might be.