Volkswagen has unveiled the official press release for the new Gen.E research prototype prior to the company's Future Mobility Days. It seems that the new model hints on the upcoming next generation Golf.
The Gen.E research mule is an electric hatchback that functions as a vehicle for an experiment. It aims to test the robotic systems that will enable the vehicle to plug in a charge cable automatically to a section concealed at the back of the brand's badge placed on the hood of the car.
Volkswagen mentioned that the new prototype runs with an advanced lithium-ion battery. It also claims to run with a more efficient electric motor.
According to the press release, "This provides an insight into the next generation of automobiles for efficient long-distance mobility with a range of more than 400 kilometers." It further adds that safety measures have been improved through the lightweight architecture of the new model.
There are two sockets on the port on the hood. This seems to imply that the model can be charged in various ways: at home, at ultra-fast DC public stations, and on fast-three phase chargers.
Apparently, the automaker is currently trying to create mobile charging robots. VW plans to use these in underground garages so future owners of the new model can recharge the vehicle with ease.
The revelation resulted to speculations that the Gen.E Research mule embodies the evolution of the existing e-Golf. Reports now claim that Volkswagen is now developing the next generation Golf.
The Gen.E Research features C-shaped LED daytime running lights. It can be recalled that the current Golf E-sports the same shape and size of lights.
Some radars can be spotted on the lower section of the bumper. There is also a camera on the windshield. These elements seem to hint on the capacity of the vehicle to function semi-autonomous.
The new concept also features some aerodynamics aspects. The mule has gullwing doors, as well as flush door handles. In addition, there is also a wing on the rear quarter panel that is connected to the roof.