VW Golf Twin Drive Plug-In Hybrid Diesel Makes Prius Look ThirstyMark Arnold6/26/08 4:30pmFiled to: VW Golf Twin Drive ConceptAlternative EnergyDieselplug inRabbittwinDriveVwGolfHybridVolkswagenConceptElectricCarsGolf Hybrid Plug-inPlug-inRabbit Tdi VolkswagenAlternativeEnergy60EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe combination of a fuel-sipping diesel engine with plug-in hybrid technology is something that hasn't really been utilized — until now. This is the Volkswagen Golf Twin Drive Concept, and it looks even more promising than VW's late Golf TDI Hybrid from Geneva. Evidently, the Twin Drive can be run in electric-only mode for a range of up to 30 miles using an 82 HP electric motor. But, there's also a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel that makes 122 HP which can take over once the batteries have been drained. When the two powerplants combine, you become Captain Planet have a parallel hybrid with about 174 HP. The range is aided even further by regenerative braking to charge the batteries, and start-stop technology that shuts the engine off when idling in traffic. But is all of this just a techno' showcase? Or will it actually be made available for normal people to save fuel with?