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Volkswagen E-Up! Electric Car
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Volkswagen's Premiere Of The 2013 E-Up Electric Car

FRANKFURT, GERMANY - Volkswagen had their world premiere of the VW E-Up! electric car at last months 2009 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany (September 15). theirEarth Motoring had an opportunity to photograph the Volkswagen E-Up! zero emissions car at the show and VW has indicated in their press release that they will bring the E-Up! to market by 2013. 

The Volkswagen E-Up! electric concept car as shown in the photograph is designed as a 3+1 seating configuration and was designed as a zero-emissions car under the direction of Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand and head of Development for the business area. Its 3.19 metres long and has a top speed of 135 km/h (84.4 mph). The E-Up! is powered by a peak output 60 kW electric motor that delivers 40 kW continuous steady-state power. Power is supplied by a rechargeable plug-in lithium-ion battery pack.

The VW E-Up! electric motor's maximum torque is 210 Nm and it is available immediately at 0 km/h (mph), delivering a brisk 0 to 100 kph (62.5 mph) standing start acceleration of 11.3 seconds, and a very quick passing speed time from 30 km/h to 50 km/h (18.8 mph to 31.3 mph) of just 3.5 seconds. The total weight of Volkswagen's electric car is 1085 kilograms, or 2387 lbs with battery pack.

The Volkswagen E-Up!'s lithium-ion battery pack storage capacity is 18 kWh, giving the car a total range of 130 kms or 81.3 miles of VW electric car fun on a full charge. VW says the battery can be charged to 80% capacity off of a commercial electric charger in 1 hour or off of a home outlet in just five hours. VW says that driving the E-Up electricity charges are about 2 Euros or $3.00 per 100 km (62.5 miles).

Volkswagen engineers didn't just design the E-Up! as a concept car, but instead developed the entire thought process for a commercial car for 2013. The E-Up! has an advanced modular front drive powertrain that incorporates electric motor, drivetrain and transmission in what they call "integral drive" and all weighing a combined light 140 kg or (308 lbs). A concentration on light overall vehicle weight gives efficiency and the excellent acceleration times to the E-Up!.

Inside the E-Up! has a touch screen driver interface that monitors everything from air conditioning, vehicle security and safety and battery preservation programs to get the most mileage from a stored charge. In hot climates, the E-Up! can be pre-cooled using the home power-outlet in order to minimize the demand on the battery when you start your journey. VW has also left a space for an auto-type i-Pod style audio interface that can deliver your on-demand tunes. Prices for the E-Up or similar type VW electric car will be announced closer to its 2013 release date


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