Volkswagen’s new electric cars had a dual global debut at the ongoing 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new electrified units -- the e-up! and e-Golf – are based on the carmaker’s existing and good-selling current volume offerings. Both the e-up! and e-Golf offer zero-emission driving experience and practicality.
The four-door units are also well-equipped With standard features including automatic climate control with parking heater and ventilation, radio-navigation system, windscreen heating, LED daytime running lights. The e-Golf also features LED headlights, the first among units of the Volkswagen brand. Both the e-up! and e-Golf boasts of being leaders in terms of energy efficiency.
For instance, the e-up! consumes just 11.7 kWh of electricity per 100 km – best in the world – while the e-Golf consumes just 12.7 kWh per 100 km. This means that driving 100km will cost just EUR3.02 for the e-up! and EUR3.30 with the e-Golf, considering that the price of electricity in Germany was of July 31, 2013 was EUR0.258 per kWh.
Since Volkswagen boasts of drive technologies as its core competencies, it does not need to outsource development and production of the e-motors, gearboxes and lithium-ion batteries of the e-up! and e-Golf.
The new electric cars also retain the attributes of a typical Volkswagen vehicle – easy to operate, practical and sophisticated. Volkswagen’s new zero-emission cars are built using the same high-volume production systems employed in producing their conventional counterparts.
The e-Golf is run by an electric motor that provides up to 85 kW/115 PS of output as well as 270Nm of torque available as soon as the vehicle starts running. This allows the e-Golf to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of to 140 km/h.
The e-up!, meanwhile, is powered by an electric motor that provides up to 60 kW/82 PS of output and up to 210 Nm of torque, propelling the zero-emission unit from zero to 100 km/h in 12.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 km/h. The e-Golf could travel up to 190 km on a single charge while the e-up! can cruise 160 km on one charge.
Both models boast of two efficient driving modes (Eco and Eco+) and four regenerative braking modes (D1, D2, D3 and B) – all of which allows them to extend maximum ranges.
The e-Golf and the e-up!’s driving ranges are more than what drivers in Germany travel daily, which is fewer than 50km according to studies by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development. Likewise, it only takes around half an hour for a driver to charge up to 80 percent of the capacity of an e-up! or an e-Golf through CCS charging stations. [source: Volkswagen]