Slow to jump on the hybrid bandwagon, Volkswagen lately has plugged in with a procession of more advanced battery-based vehicles, such as the fully electrified version of its Up! Microcar and the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid.
Now, it’s bringing out another plug-based model, the Passat GTE, which will make its formal debut at the Paris Motor Show later this week.
The bigger model gets a bigger battery and more electric-only range, the VW Passat GTE delivering about 50 kilometers, or 31 miles, using just its lithium-ion pack. It will be able to reach 80 mph in battery-only mode, as well. (more…)