First full electric vehicle for Volkswagen
Volkswagen will be presenting the new e-up! at the International Autoshow in Frankfurt and following this it will become available to order with first UK customer deliveries expected to take place from early 2014.
The new e-up is the first full electric production vehicle for Volkswagen; it is a four seat car which operates with nearly zero noise. It is the ideal car for daily use in the city, or commuters or as a second car, the driving range is an impressive 95 miles and afterwards the e-up can be recharged to as much as eighty percent of its energy storage capacity within thirty minutes.
The new e-up is powered by an electric motor with 60kW/82PS peak power, it accelerates from 0-62mph in fourteen seconds and can reach a top speed of approximately 85 miles, the port for charging the battery in the e-up is hidden behind the ‘fuel filling flap’. There is also the option of the combined charging system (CCS), which has been standardised by Volkswagen and other car manufacturers. It supports both DC and AC charging, so that drivers can easily charge their cars at most charging stations regardless of the power sources or charging rates that they offer.
The exterior of the new e-up features a distinctive curved layout of LED daytime running lights in the front bumper which look fabulous and in addition the front end, sills and underbody have been aerodynamically optimised. The other eye catching feature is the machine polished 15” alloy wheels plus the Volkswagen emblems with blue backgrounds and an e-up logo at the rear. The interior of the e-up features light-grey seat covers with blue top stitched seams. Special leather and chrome accents have been used to convey a puristic impression that matches the vehicle concept of a full-fledged urban electric car.
Geraldine Ashton Green of motoring.co.uk comments...this is a sensible move by Volkswagen, where other brands have focussed on too many electric models and probably far too early in terms of the economic climate, VW have entered the market at the perfect time and with an existing model which is doing well and does not look like an obscure cardboard box...Well done VW.