Europe’s largest car manufacturers Volkswagen, is all set to launch the electric version of Volkswagen Polo. The Volkswagen Polo is the most successful hatch in Europe, and Volkswagen recently launched its “Indian Version” a few months ago. The sales number are not high as yet.
India is considered to be a hub of hatchbacks, and with electric cars entering the Indian market, the competition is going to be even tougher. So far, only Reva (India’s first electric car) has had a successful run on Indian roads. But, Volkswagen is all set to grab the market segment by launching not only Electric Polo, but a whole new range of electric cars.
The German car maker is following a meticulous strategy in India, they will be launching E-Golf (first from their assembly line in India) sometime in 2013, which will soon be followed by the launch of E-Jetta. Volkswagen’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn has announced that the company has plans of launching an electric vehicle which is affordable for users from all segments. ‘We want to attain an electric vehicle market share of three percent within our entire range of products. We will take the hybrid out of its niche status with our high-volume models. In the future, the heart of the VW brand will also beat with electricity,’ Winterkorn added.
The key to an efficient electric car is a strong Lithium-ion battery, for which VW has tied with Japanese companies such as Toshiba & Sanyo. Sources confirm, that VW is also planning an LPG launch of its Polo. The Polo Bi-fuel (which is what it will be called), will have a 1.4 Litre engine which will churn out 84 BHP, which will run on both petrol and LPG. Obviously you can switch to petrol or LPG but with the exception being that you can switch even while in motion.
Well, VW is a respected name in the European market, and is sure to become one in the Indian market too. It will surely be the “Big Daddy” of all electric cars in India.