Friday, March 15, 2013

Volkswagen E-Up! production car revealed


The production version of the all-electric Volkswagen E-Up! has made a brief appearance at today’s annual VW press and investor conference at Wolfsburg ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The E-Up! is Volkswagen’s first fully electric production vehicle and has a range of up to 150km on a single charge, thanks to its low weight of 1185kg.
The Volkswagen E-Up! can be recharged to 80 per cent capacity within 30 minutes, with the battery integrated in the underfloor area.
Power comes from an 18.7kWh lithium-ion battery capable of propelling the electric Up! from 0-100km/h “within 14 seconds”. Top speed is a claimed 135km/h.
Hidden behind the ‘fuel-filler’ cap is the charging port, but the E-Up! also offer the new Combined Charging System (CCS), which VW and other car makers have co-developed.
It supports both DC and AC charging, allowing drivers to charge their cars at most charging stations – regardless of the power sources and charging rates on offer.
A distinctive feature of the E-Up! is the is the curved layout of the LED daytime running lights in the front bumper, while the front-end, sills and underbody have been aerodynamically enhanced.
Other features include machine-polished 15-inch alloy wheels, Volkswagen emblems with distinctive blue backgrounds and an E-Up! logo at the rear.
The cabin features light-grey E-Up! seat covers with blue-stitched seams, while leather and chrome accents have been used to highlight its all-electric power.

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