Volkswagen e-Golf and e-up!

Volkswagen e-Golf and e-up!

Four years after its debut in concept form at Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009, the Volkswagen e-Up! is back as vehicle ready for production.

Together with e-Golf, these are the first electric Volkswagens that will enter series production.

If e-Golf is compared to Nissan LEAF, then what car is the closest rival to the e-Up!? Renault ZOE? Mitsubishi i-MiEV? Or maybe  BMW i3?

Time will tell if VW is ready to be a leader and sell as many €26,900 electric Up!s as Renault ZOEs.

Or will the electric Up! go down as a flop?

Anyways, lets look at some new photos and videos of this first electric city car from Volkswagen.

Volkswagen e-up! traction motor and single-speed gearbox

Volkswagen e-up! traction motor and single-speed gearbox

VW e-Up! has a 60 kW  (40 kW continuous) motor and 18.7 kWh li-ion battery pack.

NEDC range is rated at 150 km (93 miles), which seems to be on the smart fortwo electric drive level - definitely lower than Renault ZOE or Nissan LEAF. But acceleration of 0-60 in 12 seconds is decent for the e-Up!'s class.

New CCS inlet for quick DC charging is an optional addition to 3-phase charging via the e-Up!'s on-board charger. Minimum charging time to 80% is 30 minutes. Standard charging at 3.6 kW will take several hours.

 

And now time for videos - from the press conference and presentations:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r9Nm6XLOQw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gMDVaBjFos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TrEuXgRRPw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmqaOudwTj4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SWQwK9co3U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr_ucoMNbE8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnXnMcOnLCU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6fVHu4HH0o