Volkswagen’s First All-Electric Car: The New e-up!
The new e-up! is set to become Volkswagen’s first fully electric production vehicle. The four-seat car – which operates with nearly zero noise – is being shown at today’s Annual Press and Investors Conference in Wolfsburg. The e-up! has a driving range of 150 km and also aims to offer everyday practicality.
A car designed primarily for daily use in the city, the e-up! can be recharged to 80 per cent of its energy storage capacity within 30 minutes.
The electric motor offers 60 kW / 82 PS peak power – without any gearshift interruptions or powertrain noise. Its continuous power is 40 kW / 55 PS and maximum torque of 210 Newton metres is available immediately with the first revolution. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h within 14 seconds and reaches a top speed of 135 km/h. The lithium-ion battery integrated in the underfloor area has a total energy storage capacity of 18.7 Kilowatt-hours (kWh); this means that the car can cover up to 150 km (per NEDC) on a single charge owingto its low vehicle weight of 1,185 kg.
The port for charging the battery in the e-up! is hidden behind the ‘fuel filling flap’. 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, so that drivers can charge their cars at most charging stations – regardless of the power sources or charging rates that they offer.
In terms of the styling, one distinctive exterior feature is the curved layout of the LED daytime running lights in the front bumper. In addition, the front end, sills and underbody have been aerodynamically improved. The e-up! can be further made out by its machine-polished 15-inch alloy wheels, VW emblems with blue backgrounds and an e-up! logo at the rear.
The new e-up! will make its show debut at the International Autoshow in Frankfurt and following this will become available to order.