15 de março de 2013

Electric Volkswagen up! gains an "e" before the name. e-up!

Even though sales of electric cars are smaller than was predicted, car companies continue to present fully electric models. This time it was Volkswagen that brought to the Annual Press and Investors Conference in Wolfsburg their first fully electric production vehicle, the five-door e-up!.

For such a small electric car it has some very interesting specifications. The 18.7kWh battery is more than enough to give this vehicle a range of 150km (93 miles), more than enough to travel within the city, and it can be charged up to 80% in just 30 minutes. The car weighs just 1185kg (22607lb) with the lithium-ion battery.

The electric motor has a peak power of 60kW (82hp) while the continuous power is rated at 40kW (55hp). The maximum torque is of 210Nm from almost 0rpm. The car won't be able to pass the 135km/h (84mph) and will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in a respectable time of 14 seconds.

The public presentation will take place at the Frankfurt Motor Show, to be held from September 10, 2013 to September 22, 2013, with orders starting right after that.