lexi wrote: Simon will be drooling over this. I will ask for a drive.
Well, it's a hybrid not a pure EV so no drooling here, but it does still interest me on a technical level.
I presume that's a Diesel crammed in there beside the electric motor, or is it a petrol ?
They've done well to cram both engines side by side the engine bay!
Edit: Here's what wikipedia has to say about it:
The Golf GTE is a plug-in hybrid version of the Golf hatchback unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The Golf GTE shares the basic powertrain hardware with the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron but the software controls are different. The Golf GTE also shares the same plug-in hybrid powertrain with the Volkswagen Passat GTE, but the Passat has a larger 9.9 kWh Li-ion battery pack.
The GTE is powered by a 1.4-litre (148 hp, 110 kW) TSI direct-injection gasoline engine combined with a 75 kW electric motor powered by a 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery, enabling the plug-in hybrid to deliver an all-electric range of 50 km (31 mi) and a total range of 933 km (580 mi). The all-electric mode can be activated at the push of a button. Under the New European Driving Cycle, combined fuel economy is 1.50 L/100 km (157 mpg‑US) equivalent. The Golf GTE has a top speed of 217 km/h (135 mph) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 7.6 seconds.