Volkswagen of America has announced that it will begin a pilot scheme to test 20 prototype E-Golf battery electric vehicles over a nine-month period in Detroit, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., beginning in April. By studying  electric Golf use across multiple geographical regions, Volkswagen will monitor the effect of climate conditions, driving patterns, and energy performance. The data and insights gained during the nine-month test period will be used in the final development of Volkswagen’s future EV technology applications.

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In addition to testing the E-Golf, VW will also use the program to test other specific services designed for the electric Golf. 220-volt charging stations will be installed at the employees’ homes to charge the vehicles, while each E-Golf will be delivered with an iPhone and dedicated app. The app will allow the user to check the battery’s charging status, regulate the car’s internal temperature, gauge how much charging time is left, or even remotely start the charging procedure.

“As a part of our Think Blue strategy, the Volkswagen brand has shown an undeniable commitment towards investing in technologies that will help improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “This E-Golf test fleet will provide critical feedback on these vehicles that will prove essential in our sustainability efforts and in the drive towards electric mobility.”

The E-Golf has room for up to five passengers and a driving range of 93 miles.

+ Volkswagen