Volkswagen's all electric e-Up! debuts at Wolfsburg annual investors conference
Look, Ma! No exhaust pipe!
At the annual Press and Investors Conference on Friday in Wolfsburg, the home of Volkswagen, the company's first bet in the all-electric vehicle market made its debut. With a range of 93 miles (150 km) and recharging to 80% of capacity in just 30-40 minutes, the e-Up! should interest commuters but may also offer options for people willing to stretch their wings on the emerging electric-charging infrastructure.
The e-Up! two-door seats four
VW's two-door e-Up! closely resembles its siblings, the Up! and eco-Up!. The charging port hides behind what would be the "fuel door" on a petro-powered Up!. On the options list, VW offers a Combined Charging System (CCS) that supports both DC and AC supply.
Only the absence of a tail pipe and addition of some small badges give away the owner's ultimate devotion to moving the automotive infrastructure into a bright, new future -- which is perhaps not a good thing, as it takes away the "smug factor" from buyers' motivation list. Is the e-future really ready for that yet?
Characteristic Up! tail lights
The e-Up! specs based on the VW press release:
- An electric motor with 60 kW / 82 PS peak power, continuous power is 40 kW / 55 PS;
- Maximum torque of 210 Newton meters, available immediately with the first revolution;
- Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h within 14 seconds;
- Top speed of 135 km/h;
- The lithium-ion battery stores up to18.7 Kilowatt-hours (kWh);
- Vehicle weight of 1,185 kg.
The downside: even in Germany's futuristic energy landscape, charging points are still few and far between. To make matters worse, a recent German legal case determined that non-electric cars can park in spots reserved for charging e-cars, because many of the parking spots set up with charging points belong to the public space!
Fans of cars like the hyper-efficient Twike laud the bakeries that offer a free charge, but if e-cars take off, more charging options will be needed in a hurry.
Roomy enough for fairly tall people
The small size of the e-Up! belies a roomy comfort. The car seats people up to 6 1/2 feet (2m) tall comfortably, and can carry four people. The addition of such a cute city car to the e-car line up will surely bring smiles to many faces.
Bringing smiles to faces
The e-Up! will premier at the International Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt, after which VW will start taking orders.
The German weekly AutoBild reports that a starting price of 19,000 euros (US$25,000) has been discussed. This price does not include batteries, which would be rented at around 60 euros (US$80) per month.