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Volkswagen E-Up! Concept

electric minicar gives yet glimpse of VW#146;s little

Two years ago at the Frankfurt auto Volkswagen unveiled the Up!. a for a minicar targeting global It came as a surprise that the Up! was with the engine in the back, a that was deemed space-efficient and suited for strict pedestrian-protection A Space Up! and a hydrogen-powered Space Up! concept followed to show the of the platform.

Since then, VW has and the Up! actually morphed into a front-wheel-drive vehicle as it moved towards production. The switch to a layout allows the Wolfsburg-based to engage in extensive component with the new Polo and a number of cars on bigger platforms.

From Rear Engine to Engine to No Engine

Now, in Frankfurt. VW is launching the next Up! the E-Up. a fully electric car should be perfectly suited to driving. It has lithium-ion batteries in the floor, and an electric motor a peak power of around 80 hp. output is 55 hp, enough to propel the from 0 to 62 mph in an acceptable 11.3 although top speed is an entirely 84 mph (which we believe to be governed).

VW hasn’t disclosed the weight of the but the maximum range is a mere (up to, VW) 81 miles. Figure 60 miles as a realistic figure. Recharging your household electrical takes as long as five It can be done at night, but if you think us and get annoyed waiting for that gas to be filled up in a dull five prepare for a real test of patience. The E-Up! is only for you if you access to parking with an outlet. Sounds easy, but luck finding it in a European at night, unless you have own garage space for what likely be a politically correct, or third car-as-accessory.

Moving Toward Production

Volkswagen e-up!

said, we find the E-Up! not only for its save-the-earth powertrain, but for hinting at what will a family of cars with far mainstream appeal. This is a car; the E-Up! is just inches long, 64.6 wide, and it stands 57.9 tall. Seating is arranged in a 3+1 similar to that of the Toyota iQ.

The carries over the basic of the first Up! concept, although the treatment and the proportions have significantly more conventional. The end evokes memories of the Beetle, VW, apparently forgetting that it an entire car that evokes of the Beetle. Inside, the look is but that’s appropriate for an entry-level, and lightweight car (we figure that with the internal combustion will indeed be far lighter the current Polo, the next up the size ladder). A touch-screen forms the basis for much of the between car and driver.

One of the few really cool things electric cars is the eerily acceleration. So when VW development Ulrich Hackenberg showed a of a traditional engine sound for the at the launch of the concept prior to the auto show, it struck us as counterintuitive.

In any event, we can live with the looks, we like its reasonable and we hope it signals the beginning of a reduction in the weight of vehicles but give us a turbocharged gasoline just for the sake of comparison. And you are at it, keep the unsightly greenish to yourselves.

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