Production Version of Electric Volkswagen E-Up! Debuts
Volkswagen just revealed the production version of the E-Up!—the automaker’s first fully electric production vehicle.
As is obvious, the E-Up! is based on the widely successful Volkswagen Up!, which in electric form ditches the standard Up!’s three-cylinder gasoline engine in favor of an 81-horsepower electric motor that makes 155 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration for the E-Up! is decent with a 0 to 62 mph dash accomplished in 14 seconds. That’s only 0.8 seconds slower than the gas-burning Up! Top speed for the E-Up! is listed at 84 mph. Weight? 2,600 pounds.
An 18.7-kWh lithium-ion battery pack resides underneath the E-Up! and is supposedly capable of powering the electric Up! for 93 miles (under NEDC guidelines) on a full charge.
Volkswagen claims that the E-Up! can be charged to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes and says that the E-Up! features its Combined Charging System (CCS), which supports both DC and AC.
The E-Up! differs from the conventional Up! only slightly. On the outside, the E-Up! features curved LED running lights both front and rear. Additionally, some aerodynamic tweaks have been applied to the E-Up!’s front end and side sill, as well as to its underbody.
The interior gets light grey seats covers with contrasting blue stitching and now features seating for four laid out in the typical way—not a wacky 3+1 format like in the concept version.
The E-Up! will make its on-stage debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. VW will begin taking orders after that debut. Pricing isn’t finalized, but we expect the E-Up! to cost approximately £15,000 ($22415 US) after incentives in the UK. European deliveries are expected to commence in early 2014.
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