Volkswagen has already put its feet, or shall we say tires, into the hybrid market and fuel efficient clean diesel TDI. Now they have finally unveiled a their move into the electric car market. In 2009 there was a slight whisper of an electric hatchback from VW that was at the time called “cute as a button.” In the meantime they released the Up! in 2011 a city car and part of the Volkswagen New Small Family models.
The new VW E-Up! is Volkswagen’s first plug in electric car. The four passenger E-Up! is powered by an 81 horsepower electric motor and a 18.7 kWh lithium ion battery, giving it a 93 mile driving range. The plug in can be either AC or DC so the cars can easily be charged at a charging station. “The E-Up! really appears to smile. And that is how it should be,” designer Klaus Bischoff said in a statement. The VW E-Up! is the perfect commuter car due to the battery life and the Human Machine Interface (HMI) that optimizes battery use, plans power for upcoming hills, and helps locate charging stations.
The VW E-Up! will premier at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year with sales starting in early 2014. Although we probably won’t see one of these in America, they will probably be a big seller in Europe and hopefully we will be seeing an E Golf along the pipeline.
More info here: Volkswagen E-Up!
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