|The e-up! Click to enlarge.|
The e-up! is powered by an electric motor with 60 kW / 82 PS peak power and 40 kW / 55 PS continuous power; maximum torque is 210 N·m (155 lb-ft). It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) within 14 seconds and reaches a top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). Volkswagen says that the e-up!, with an 18.7 kWh Li-ion battery pack integrated in the underfloor area, offers a driving range of 150 km (93 miles) on the NEDC due to its low vehicle weight of 1,185 kg (2,612 lbs).
|The e-up! is one of two battery-electric vehicles Volkswagen AG plans to introduce this year, the other being the e-Golf. Source: Volkswagen. (Dates do not reflect introduction into specific markets, but a general launch.) Click to enlarge.|
The port for charging the battery in the e-up! is hidden behind the “fuel door”. As an option, e-up! offers the Combined Charging System (CCS), which supports both AC and DC fast charging and has been standardized by Volkswagen and other carmakers.
Volkswagen is positioning the e-up! as a car for daily use in the city, but which can be used by commuters or as a second car. Order-taking for the e-up! begin will begin after its premiere at the IAA in Frankfurt this fall.
Volkswagen introduced a concept version of the e-up! at the IAA in 2009. The concept version, with a comparable motor, showed somewhat better performance, with a 0-100 km/h time of 11.3 seconds, along with a lighter weight: 1,085 kg (2,392 lbs).