Dr. Neusser, Volkswagen board member and head of Group powertrain development recently acknowledged that EVs (electric vehicles) are the wave of the future for Volkswagen. He must know something that the rest of us have not been made privy to.
EVs are still so limited, though. They use a, plus or minus, 1000 pound battery pack that only goes between 100 to 300 miles, at best, on a recharge that just seems to take forever to do. You can only recharge up at the few stations that are available, and those recharge stations are only available in the larger cities. Recharging isn't free, either. Those battery packs are really expensive to replace and I'm still not convinced they won't blow up. Worse, they really don't have any real cargo carrying capacity.
I heard that some automobile manufacturers were developing permanent magnet generators (PMGs), like Charles Flynn's 2001 patented one, to replace battery packs. PMGs weigh a fraction of battery packs, don't require recharging at all, last the life of the EV, and won't blow up.
Is Volkswagen developing a PMG-EV? If so, when do they plan to come out with it?
Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen board member and head of Group powertrain development, recently told CarAdvice that the future for green vehicles remained EV, and that PHEVs and fuel-cell vehicles were essentially a patch.
“This [PHEV] is completely a bridging technology. We have two bridging technologies, on one hand is a plug-in hybrid technology and the other one is fuel cells, because both enlarge your operating range of the car when you have no recharging system available,” Neusser said.