Frost – Scenic 4K view from Norway

Was lucky and got some nice morning mist back i January. I fired up my Phantom 4 drone, and captured this video.

The temperature was -10°C, so my hands was pretty stiff after these flights. The video is from the Høre (Vang) and Beito/Lykkja  (Østre Slidre) area in Valdres, Norway.

Remember to select 4K to get the best possible quality!

Flying in the beautiful Valdres with the Phantom 4

My vacation is coming to an end, and what better recreation could you do on holiday than to go flying! When you morning scenery looks like this, what more can you ask for?

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I have put together a 9 minute video whit shots from some of my favorite places in Valdres. Most (almost every?) is from Vang municipality.

All shot with a DJI Phantom 4. The video have been edited to taste in Final Cut Pro X.

Remember to select 4K video quality!

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Airshow at Kjeller airport (“Flydagen”)

What better activity could you do on a sunny summers day with the kids, than to go watch some airplane action. At Kjeller airport, a small airport just outside Oslo, there’s an annual airshow. The entrance is free, and there’s a bunch of vintage airplanes both in air and on the ground. The pilots perform some nerve-wracking maneuvers, definitely going to send chills down your spine. Several times i was sure that the stunt was going to end straight into the ground, just to se that everything was under total control. There is a lot of plain enthusiasts in Norway, and a lot of extremely high polished vintage airplanes. Like for instance this Supermarine Spitfire MK XVI.

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The airshow started of with some model airplanes.
And probably not the in the size that you had as a kid…..these things are humongous!

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This Douglas DC-3 Dakota is one of my favorites. Look at those curves and the impeccable shine. Check out their website over at www.dakotanorway.no. If you become a member, you can get rides for a fair price! (Yes please, anyone… my birthday is coming up soon 🙂 )

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A good thing to have in mind when shooting airplanes (with a camera) is to get some prop-blur. Here I’m going crazy with 1/25 second, to really get those norwegian colors to stand out. But off corse, the faster the prop turns, the faster you can have your shutter speed. 1/200-1/250 second is normally ok when they are flying, just to get some movement in the props. If the props are all frozen up because of a to fast shutter speed, the plain will look like its soon to fall down from the sky. The next time I’m to shoot airplanes i will try some crazy slow shutters like i do when shooting motorsports.

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Jet engines are always fascinating.

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A Fairchild Cornell named “Spirit of Little Norway”.
“Little Norway” was a Royal Norwegian Air Force training camp in Canada during the second World War.

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The Choppers was running all day long, giving people a ride (For a small fee 🙂 )

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There was one airplane “surprise” not announced in the pre-show flyers. But at 12.05 a Lockheed P-3 Orion from the Norwegian Air Force had 2 flyovers. It’s an Norwegian surveillance airplane, and can easily be recognized with it’s long tail.

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The first flyover was with the landing gear out, but the next was with the landing gear tucked in, giving a much better look. This a definitely my favorite shot from this day, with clouds “under” the airplane, and landing gear folded in. Gives a great feel of being high up over the sky when taking the shot (But was actually standing on safe ground with my kids 🙂

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Pilots having a chat by one of the De Havilland Tiger Moth’s.

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De Havilland Tiger Moth (189 & 127)

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Upside down!

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North-American AT-6 Harvard.

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The well-known for many “P51D Mustang”.
What a beauty!

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Noorduyn Norseman R-AF

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Dont forget to join the airshow next year folks!  Read more about it here: www.flydagen.no 
Now I’m going to leave you to enjoy the rest of the shots. Dont forget to follow me on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

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Cheers folks!

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I’m flying high – DJI Phantom 4

After a long time indecisive whether I should invest in a quadcopter or not, i finally made the decision.
The well renowned DJI Phantom has a good reputation as en easy flown quadcopter. And with all the latest additions to the Phantom 4, I was sold. ActiveTrack, TapFly and the new Obstacle Sensing System is just a few of the new additions,  compared to the previous Phantom 3 professional.

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Being a first time quadcopter pilot, i was in doubt on how i should approach  the learning curve for these machines.  I really didn’t want to crash a 1600$ quadcopter on the first takeoff 😦

But after a long time searching and asking experienced people, i skipped the long road going with smaller and cheaper quadcopters before buying what i really wanted, the Phantom 4.

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My main target when taking a decision was an easy and safe operated drone, with great video capability, and decent photo quality. And i must say, so far, the targets have been met with a great margin. The 4K video is just astonishing, and with some practicing in video editing software, i hope i can do the video quality justice some time in the future. The photo quality is fine, but can in no way be compared to my 36 Mpix full frame DSLR. But shooting RAW, it can take some nice shots. The advantage is that it can take shots from angles i newer could imagine before 🙂

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The new Obstacle Sensing System has 2 new sensors in the forward direction, in addition to the 4 sensors underneath the quadcopter. There are 2 downwards and 2 forward facing camera sensors. In addition there are 2 downward facing ultrasonic sensors. The 2 new sensors will try to prevent a collision when flying forwards. In addition the Phantom has GPS and GLONASS making for some extremely precise hovering. When releasing the sticks in P (position) mode, the quadcopter stays extremely still, even in some wind. But remember that there is no sensors when going sideways, backwards or if flying under something!
The Phantom also has a RTH (Return To Home) function by a press of a button. The Phantom records the spot where taking off and will return to this spot. RTH will also automatically be initiated if the remote controller and quadcopter looses contact. The Home point can also be set manually under flight. This is great if you are on a not so stationary landing spot, as in a boat 🙂 The Phantom is a real joy to fly, and it’s very fast if you enter the Sport mode (72 km/h).

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The Phantom 4 has an improved battery capacity, and can fly up to 28 minutes (5,350 mAh, 15.2v). This of course depends on the use. But the DJI Go app has a great overview of the battery, even in flight. Battery capacity, total and individual cell voltage and battery temperature are easily accessible in the app.

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The propellers have a quick release function, making the time to prepare the drone for flight very short!

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The DJI camera is equipped with a 1/2.3″ sensor, and a fixed f2,8 lens. The lens has good optical corrections, making sure your horizon in not curved like a ball. That was one of my selling point for the Phantom 4 compared to earlier model’s. But as it’s a fixed aperture lens, remember to get ND filters to achieve proper exposure. Remember that your shutter speed should ideally be double the frame rate!

The following video recording modes are available:

UHD:     4096×2160 (4K) 24 / 25p

                3840×2160 (4K) 24 / 25 / 30p

                2704×1520 (2.7K) 24 / 25 / 30p

FHD:    1920×1080 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60 / 120p

 HD:      1280×720 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p

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The camera gimbal ensures that your shots are as stable as it gets. Its amazing what a small gizmo like this can achieve in steadying your shots.

The new ActiveTrack function, lets you select an object on the screen (aka your phone or tablet) and it will, actively follow your object. You can go up, down, or fly around the subject even when its moving, and the camera always has the object in the center of the camera. This ensures more smooth movements than you probably could achieve yourself.

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Ok, so now to some video examples of what you can expect regarding video quality. Bare in mind that I’m a novice both to filming, flying and editing! 🙂

First of, here’s are a short video of my first test flight. Nothing amazing in relation to content, but gives you an idea of the video quality. The video have been color graded, so the colors are not as from camera. The video have been edited in Final Cut Pro X. Please select 4K from the YouTube adjustments after starting the video

Here is a quick & dirty test with handholding the Phantom. Shot in 120 fps. Please select 1080 quality!

Short video from my first test going up to 110 meters (The law regulates maximum flight hight to 120 meter). You can easily set the maximum flight hight in the DJI Go app. Remember to select 4K !!

I do NOT take assignments with quadcopter, shooting nor video or stills. The regulations are strict in Norway as it comes to flying a quadcopter for commercial use.

As of now this is strictly a hobby project, and I will se how it evolves before I decide to apply for a RO 1 approval from the Civil Aviation Authority.

But my conclusion regarding the Phantom 4, is that it is both a fantastic flying camera, and a great flying machine. Even for a novice like me. Please feel free to comment, ask questions, or share your own experiences in the comments!

Cheers, and fly high! (But seriously, don’t drink and fly) 🙂

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Behind the scene, making of The Carburetors music video “”LORDS OF THUNDER” (feat. Shagrath)

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Fast Forward Rock’n’Roll,  45 degrees celsius, 99,9% air humidity, and so many spotlights the power consumption could make a small village go dark. That’s what met me when entering the scene of the Carburetors shooting their new video.

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I was asked to shoot some behind the scene shots from the video Lords of thunder. This is one of the new songs from their newly released album Laughing in the face of death. The album is just released, and many have been waiting in anticipation for their new album for a long time now. It’s been awhile since Rock’n’Roll Forever, which was their previous album, released in 2008.

Eddie Guz, Vocal

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Kai Kidd, Guitar

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Producer Christian Falch (Gammaglimt As) and the rest of the team shot and put together an awesome end product in this video. I don’t think most people know how much planning, how many GB of raw material, and how much pre-production work that is put into something as “small” as a tree and a half minute video! This wouldn’t be possible without experienced and knowledgeable people.

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They shot with a RED 4K camera coupled with a Fujinon 19-90 T2.9. The RED camera shoots in ultra-high definition (3840 x 2160), and the cost is like a nice Porsche.

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Fast Forward Rock & Roll !!

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One big surprise for many was that Shagrath was performing with the Carburetors in this song, and that’s a really cool addition to this video. Shagrath (Stian Thoresen) is probably best known from the internationally successful Dimmu Borgir. Eddie Guz and Shagrath previously played together in Chrome division where Eddie was the vocalist and Shagrath was playing guitar, so they’re no strangers.

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Shagrath

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King O’Men emerging from a sea of awesome backlighting.

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A lift made it possible to get some shots from up high.

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Stian Krogh, Guitar

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The LD, Odmund Berg didn’t leave any light bulbs at home this day, as the backlighting was massive!

Here’s Odmunds Mission control center:

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Some short brakes made for a quick snap between the sessions.

Kai Kidd – Chris Nitro – King O’Men

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Some unusual angles made for unique shots of Chris Nitro.

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Remember to get the new album, and of course if you’re a real music lover, you can get the album on vinyl.

Don’t forget to view the end product here:

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Bonus shot: Shargath and Kai Kidd 😉

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A motorsport photographers dream, shooting at the green hell, NÜRBURGRING (VLN #10)

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Being a car enthusiast and motorsport photographer, what better combo could you ask for than the legendary Nürburgring. The unusually steep hills, multiple s-curves and the scenery make this track a dream to shoot. I love including the track, curves and curbs in my shots, trying to capture some pleasing compositions. Adding a big diversity of cars, including some of the rarest and fastest car out there doesn’t hurt the shooting experience either 🙂

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I was invited by the Møller Bil Motorsport team as their guest. A part of this team’s purpose is to give people a close up and personal racing experience at one of, if not the greatest track on earth. Well as close as you can get without racing yourself. Møller bil, and the other sponsors bring guests, and there’s a handful of dedicated guides showing you around the track, pit area and the team camp. Møller bil is a big car dealership located in Norway, but also has dealers in Sweden and in the Baltic states. A big bonus, that’s normally not a part of the guiding, was that we got to drive around the track between the qualification and the race. Not in a race car though, but either way, it’s cool to see the track in real life in a slow pace, including most of the GP track. The track is so much steeper than the impression you get from playing games and watching videos from the ring.

This shot is from the training on Friday, and the Møller Bil Motorsports TT  in the s-turns in Brünnchen.

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VLN is short for Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring, and translates into something like “Association of Nürburgring Endurance Cup Organizers”. Møller Bil Motorsport races in the SP3T class. This is a special class with turbocharged engines up to 2.0 liter (over 1620cc up to 2000 cc). Møllers TT has a four-cylinder engine, with an output off approximately 350hp/450 Nm. The car is built by Raeder Motorsport, and they also have the technical responsibility for the car between races. At the races there are 3 permanent staff mechanics from Møller Bil dealers in Norway, consisting of Ted Trønnes, Anders Lindstad and Stian Skårsmoen. At every race there are also 4 guest mechanics from the Møller Bil dealers. John Skjalg Lund is also a part of the pit crew, and Leif Erik Vik is the technical chef.

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There were only 4 cars starting in the SP3T class in this race. The TT below, car #303 from the LMS Engineering team, is the one car that gave the Møller team the toughest competition in this race. The 2 other vehicles did not complete the race unfortunately (#335 Seat Leon Cup Racer & #332 Audi TTS)

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The LMS Engineering teams TT runs, in opposition to all the other cars in the SP3T class, on a 5-cylinder engine. They stripped a 2,5L straight 5 cyl. engine from an Audi, made a custom crankshaft and got the displacement under 2L (82.5 mm bore x 74.5 mm stroke). The engine was then not within the “close-to-production engine” according to the regulations, and they had to mount a 38mm restrictor, and limit the charge pressure to 1,4 bar. But is running a 5 cylinder engine against 4 cylinders fair? The LMS TT states they have close to 400 hp according to their sales add, and the 4 cylinder vehicles are limited to a lower figure than this. Well, I’m not to judge in this matter, as my knowledge is to limited, but the SP3T class have shrunk drastically in the numbers of cars attending after the LMS team entered with this car…… And that’s a pity!
But either way, the Møller Bil team gave them a real fight, an all in all it didn’t end so bad 😉

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Here is the Lexus RC F GT3 from Farnbacher Racing, racing in the SPX prototype class. It’s based on the Lexus RC F sports coupe but is wider, lower and weighs just 1250kg. They’ve tucked a 5 liter V8 engine in there, boosting 540 hp. Looks pretty awesome if you ask me!

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The Wippermann area yelled for some great shots with the autumn colors and this s-curve.

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Love the livery and colors on this 911 going thru the bend at Hohe Acht.

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The spectators at the Nürburburgring is really som hardcore fans, partying hard at the numerous camps around the track. Here’s some blokes who cut the roof of a Volvo, and stuck a hot tub in there. With a cold beer, and a view of the Brünnchen area, it sounds quite all right in my book.

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Manthey Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Otto Klohs, and Sven Müller, Here seen in full pace exiting the Caracciola-Karussell.

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The 10’th VLN race, the last race for the season, was delayed for 2 hours because of fog. The qualifying was supposing to start at 08.30, but was also held off for several hours because of massive fog at the higher sections of the rack. At the end of the race, the fog again got thicker and thicker, leading to several cars off the track and the race was eventually red flagged. The below picture is from the highest point at the track, Hohe Acht.

Here is #92 Team Mantheys Porsche 911 GT3 Cup emerging from the fog (Drivers: Dieter Schmidtmann, Christoph Breuer and Andreas Ziegler)

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Here’s a panning shot of #102, a Porsche 911 GT3 997 Cup in Brünnchen.

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The drivers of the Møller Bil Motorsports team is Håkon Schjærin (Race chef), Atle Gulbrandsen and Kenneth Østvold. They are all experienced race rivers from Norway. Håkon Schjærin has been racing the Nürburgring since the mid 90’s, so he’s no rookie at this track. Atle has been attending the VLN since 2005, and have loads of racing experience from Norway and in the States. His voice is also familiar to most of you from Norway, as he is a TV commentator for Viasat. Kenneth Østvold is well known as one of Norway’s best go-cart drivers, and has been a part of the team since 2011.

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Here’s Møllers TT hammering around the Karussell.

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Møller bil made a very late pit stop when the end of the race was closing in. There was estimated 3 laps left, and they drove out of the pit just when the team LMS TT was passing. They made a bold tire choice, and is was exiting to watch the monitor of the 2 cars flying around the track. The race was, like mentioned earlier, red flagged, but it would have been fun to se how it would end if the race had been driven to its end.

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James Glickenhaus, a former movie director from New York, is making some awesome limited edition sports cars. Here is one of the 2 Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003 racing in the VLN series. SCG 003 is available as both a racing car (SCG 003C) and a street legal version (SCG 003S) if you have some deep pockets 😉 The racing version has a Honda 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, and the road legal a twin-turbocharged V12.

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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003 ready to pass a couple of BMW’s

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Here the second Scuderia on the track.

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Here is one of my favorite shots from this weekend.  Frikadelli Racing Teams Porsche, with drivers Kräling, Frank and Christopher Brück flying on 2 wheels over the top at Eschbach. This also made it instantly as a backdrop on the front page of my website 😉

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If you have access, be sure to take a look at the race camp behind the pit area. There’s millions of dollars in awesome trailers, tires and racing stuff. And you are sure to see some extraordinary rare vehicles, like I did with this Gemballa Avalanche. If you had an interest in Porsches in the 80 and 90, you maybe remember some crazy Gemballa Porsche builds back then?

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in Brünnchen.

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After the race was flagged red, there was a tense atmosphere in the team tent, as to what the final result would be.  But after a long wait, the final result was 1. Place to the Møller Bil Motorsports team. This gave the Møller team a total of two first places and 2 second places in this season. They only attend at 6 of the 10 races every season, so that’s not a bad total, considering they also had one gearbox breakdown.

Håkon Schjærin

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A big thank you for a great weekend to the Møller Bil Motorsport team! Nürburgring definitely needs a revisit soon!

The rule is that you can’t sticker-bomb something without having a good reason, so finally I can officially pimp my lens hood with a Nürburgring sticker!

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Here’s some bonus images for you all!

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If you are interested in all the results, please look here at the VLN official pages.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you want to stay updated in my work, please look here for Facebook, here for Twitter, and here for instagram!

 

 

Golf GTE

Electric vehicles are really popular these days. Well, that’s if you’re from a country like me, Norway. The largest share of electric vehicles in Europe is sold in Norway. Leaving only some percentages of the sale to the other countries. A couple of weeks ago the total amount of electric vehicles tipped over 50.000. That’s pretty amazing, considering there is only 5 million people living in this long stretched country. I would like to tell you that Norwegians are extremely environmentally minded, like the green gods off Europe, but i don’t think that would be telling the truth. The reason is most likely these benefits made available by the government. No tax when purchasing new electric vehicles. Reduced road tax. No road toll, Free public parking, Free public charging, And to top it all , you can pass the long queues home from work, driving in the bus-lane 🙂

But enough of all this pure electric vehicles talk. That’s not for everyone. Most people owning an electric vehicle has this as a second vehicle (Or this as the primary vehicle, and a combustion driven vehicle as second vehicle). At least if you sometimes have to drive longer distances, there is those times the reach just wont be sufficient. Then how about combining those to into one vehicle? Well it has been done before, kind off.. like the Prius (shivers going down my spines). That just won’t get me exited at all, sorry. Many others have tried, but in my point off view, not pulled it off completely. It Need’s to be a plug-in hybrid if its suppose to make any sense.

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Well how about the new Volkswagen Golf GTE? It’s a plug-in hybrid with a mix of a sporty hatchback. Not some boring Prius :). Combining a 150PS 1,4TSI, and a 102PS electric engine makes a versatile combination. Driving completely electric there is still plenty of power (320Nm), and its so nice an quiet driving electric. But if you enter the GTE mode, you combine the engines, giving you a system output  204PS and 350Nm. The torque is what impresses the most, even though the battery weighs 160 kg, and the vehicle total is 1,520kg. The torque curve is so consistently high, and really pushes you back in the seat when the electric boost kicks inn. It’s so much fun!

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The interior  also shows that this car is definitely in the GT family together with the GTI and GTD. The interior is just the same, but instead of the red stripes/details (GTI) or grey (GTD), it’s blue. Like shown here in the seat covers. Just in the same checkered seats like the golf GTI/GTD.

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Shown here is the 18″ Nogaro wheels, that in my opinion looks great on the GTE.

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Plug-in hybrid. This is what separates a hybrid from a plug-in hybrid. The possibility to charge the battery when parked. A normal hybrid charges the battery when braking (regenerative braking), or possibly by the engine in some cases (Obviously consuming more fuel, and not that environmentally friendly). The GTE packs a 8,8 Kw/h lithium-ion battery pack, giving you a maximum range up to 50 km pure electric driving. The available range off course depends on many factors such as for instance driving style, topology, outside temperature, but not the least which other electricity consumers you turn on. Heating or cooling definitely pulls a lot of power, and can lower the available range significantly. You better learn where the off button on the climatronic is, if you want to drive for longer distances electrically.

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Many small details making the GTE stand out from the regular golf’s. The GTE emblem, and also the seams with blue thread on the steering wheel, gear shifter etc.

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Shown is the 1,4TSI engine. The electric drive and gearbox can’t be seen here, because its tucked in lower down. The 2 additional electric units seen is the battery charger, and the power electronics.

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There is 5 different drive modes you can use. With the GTE button you enter the GTE mode described earlier. When using the “e-mode” button you can switch between electric mode and Battery hold. In electric mode there is pure electric driving, unless you use the kick-down. This will result in the combustion engine starting, and you have the full 204 horsepower’s available.  In battery hold  mode, it tries to use as little electricity as possible, saving the power for later (For instance when needing the battery capacity later when entering an low emission zone in the city). From the hybrid menu in the multimedia device, you can enter 2 more modes. Hybrid auto, and charge battery. In the hybrid auto mode, it uses the electric engine at low speeds and small loads. But uses the combustion engine at higher speeds/loads. In Charge battery mode it uses the combustion engine to charge the battery, which in turn leads to higher fuel consumption. This off course is not the best way, but nice to have the function available if you need to top up the battery when your out of extra boost power 🙂

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Driving this great plug-in hybrid gave me a really fresh new feeling to this segment of vehicles. I can highly recommend it, and I’m exited to see how this type off vehicles will evolve in the future.

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All the photos are shot with a Fujifilm XT-1, with either XF56mmF1.2 R, XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR or the XF 23mm f/1.4 R.

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