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.
Emission-free, well-designed and aesthetically-pleasing are the characteristics of the Volkswagen E-Up! electric city car. Designed by the Volkswagen Team headed by Group Chief Designer Walter de Silva, together with design associates Klaus Bischoff- Chief Designer of the Volkswagen brand and Flavio Manzoni- Creative Design Head of the Volkswagen Group, the Volkswagen E-Up! is part of the Volkswagen Group’s New Small Family (NSF) model line-up. The E-Up!’s conceptual design is intended to be a glimpse of what tomorrow’s compact family car will look like. Moreover, it is interesting to note that the VW E-Up! Concept possesses similar attributes as those of previously unveiled VW concept cars namely, the Up! (city specialist class), the Space-Up! (microvan class) and the Space-Up Blue! (fuel-cell powered van class). These concept cars suggest the general design direction that the car industry will be heading to in the near future.
Klaus Bischoff stated that the VW E-Up! features a diminished, simple and clear yet emotion-filled design. This was precisely the design team’s intention for the E-Up!, with its precise lines and basic contours faithfully conforming to the Volkswagen’s new age “design DNA” jointly developed by de Silva, Bischoff and Manzoni.
Putting emphasis on a simplistic design approach, the design trio artistically combined basic aesthetics with futuristic technologies to produce the design concept for the Volkswagen E-Up! The end product is an efficient and durable concept car radiating simple beauty, purity and harmony. Bischoff further explained that the E-Up!’s design concept is purposely related to the design of the other members of Volkswagen’s New Small Family series, namely the Roadster BlueSport and the new Polo. The E-Up! is 3.19 meters in length, 1.64 meters in width, 1.47 meters in height and comes with a wheelbase of 2.19 meters.
Although an offshoot of the conventionally-powered Volkswagen Up!, the E-Up! electric compact city car is by no means an exact replica of its conventionally-powered counterpart in terms of exterior design. The E-Up!’s front end has its own subtle character, fitting well into the brand’s new “design DNA”, while its engine bonnet resembles that of the classic Beetle but without any trace of unwanted retro-styling. Definitely, the Volkswagen E-Up! Concept, with its impeccably simple, appealing and well-balanced design, has the potential of becoming another classic someday like the Beetle.