Volkswagen E-up! concept
Volkswagen E-up! concept. Click image to enlarge

Frankfurt, Germany – Volkswagen will present a fleet of new sustainable automobiles at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, including the new E-Up! electric concept.

The E-Up! is based on a platform of a new family of small cars scheduled for 2011, but is even more compact, and offers an innovative “3+1” seating concept. It is driven by an electric motor with a peak power output of 60 kW and a maximum of 154 lb-ft of torque directly from rest. Its acceleration is zero to 100 km/h in 11.3 seconds, but reaches an intermediate sprint of zero to 50 km/h in 3.5 seconds for city driving.

Weighing just 1,085 kilograms, the E-Up! Concept uses a 240-kg lithium ion battery, with a range of up to 130 km, depending on driving style. It can be “refuelled” at a home garage, in a parking structure, or on the road at one of the future municipal recharging stations that will be enabled by chip card. Depending on the charging infrastructure and the battery’s momentary charge state, it could be charged up to 80 per cent of its total capacity within an hour. Home charging would take a maximum of five hours; Volkswagen estimates that with inexpensive off-peak rates, the E-Up! could be driven 100 km for about €2 in electricity costs. The batteries are housed in the car’s underbody, while solar panels in the roof continuously supply energy to the car’s electrical system, and power the ventilation system when the car is parked to help cool the interior.

The E-Up! is styled similarly to previously-presented concept vehicles of the new model series, including the Up! city specialist, Space-Up! microvan, and Space-Up Blue! fuel cell-powered van.

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