Volkswagen introduced today the new e-up, company’s first fully electric production vehicle. The new car was created as one for daily use in the city but according to the manufacturer it is also ideal for commuters or as an innovative second car. The e-up can be recharged to as much as 80 percent of its energy storage capacity within 30 minutes and offers a maximum range of up to 150 km.
The Vw e-up! is powered by an electric motor with 60 kW / 82 PS peak power. The car offers a continuous power is 40 kW / 55 PS and a maximum torque of 210 Newton meters available immediately. The e-up! is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 14 seconds and has a top speed of 135 km/h or almost 84 mph.
Moreover, the car is fitted with a lithium-ion battery integrated in the underfloor area. The battery has a a total energy storage capacity of 18.7 Kilowatt-hours (kWh). The port for charging the battery in the e-up! is hidden behind the “fuel door”. As an option, the Combined Charging System (CCS) is used, which has been standardised by Volkswagen and other carmakers. It supports both DC and AC charging.
Regarding the design, the e-up! comes with one distinctive exterior feature: the curved layout of the LED daytime running lights in the front bumper. Furthermore, we find aerodynamically optimized front end, sills and underbody.
The design is completed by the 15-inch alloy wheels. Inside, 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. The new Volkswagen e-up will be introduced in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.