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Volkswagen E-Up! Concept

Yes it’s another
electric concept at Frankfurt, this time it’s the Volkswagen

The vital
statistics of the electric version of the forthcoming Up! city car include a range of 80
miles, a charging time of around five hours if recharging from a domestic power
supply, a top speed of 84 mph and 0-62 mph in 11.3 seconds.

Through the
use of proposed public charging stations, 80 per cent of the vehicle’s battery
capacity can be made available within an hour. The recharging is helped by
roof-mounted solar panels.

front-wheel drive E-Up! weighs just 1,085 kg, and that includes the 240 kg
lithium-ion batteries.

Housed under
the floor of the E-Up!, the batteries are protected by a specially designed
crash structure and are kept cool by a series of heat exchangers. The entire
system, including the electric motor, transmission and differential, are all
designed to be extremely compact to free up as much space inside the car as

The E-Up! is
capable of carrying three adults plus a child. In a similar layout to the
Toyota iQ, the 3+1 seating arrangement means two adults can sit on the
passenger side of the vehicle with the passenger seat mounted 50 mm further
forward than the driver’s seat to allow this to be possible. On the driver’s
side a small space is available for occasional use by adults or children. The
total loadspace is 85-litres, rising to 320-litres when the seats are folded.

To reduce
demand on the vehicle’s batteries simple mechanisms such as the mirror
adjustment and windows are manually operated.

On unveiling
the E-Up! Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of
the Volkswagen Group said: ‘Cars with pure petrol and diesel engines – which in
the foreseeable future will continue to be unbeatable for mid- to long-range
distances – will be supplemented by cars like the E-Up! in coming years.
And that will happen starting in 2013.
The concept now being presented in Frankfurt very realistically shows how we envision
such a Volkswagen with pure electric drive technology, visually and in terms of