Volkswagen's E-Up! Concept Will Get Real In 2013
by KBB.com Editors | September 15, 2009 5:21 PM
Volkswagen showed the most ambitious member of its upcoming New Small Family lineup in Frankfurt, and confirmed plans to bring this battery-powered E-Up! variation to market in 2013. At its heart is a new super-efficient "integral drive" unit that combines all of the critical powertrain elements -- motor, transmission and differential -- into a single compact unit. The E-Up!'s lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack is mounted under the floor in a special crash-resistant enclosure. With an 18-kilowatt hour capacity, it can propel the front-drive E-Up! from 0-60 mph in about 11 seconds, allow it to reach 84 mph and let it travel up to 81 miles before requiring a full recharge. As one would expect, that will be accomplished via normal home outlet or dedicated quick-charging station. Although only 10.5 feet long, the smartly styled and space-efficient E-Up! offers a 3+1 seating configuration. Its cabin also features a touch-screen Human Machine Interface (HMI) to keep a driver apprised of conventional navigation information as well as to monitor the state of battery charge and help optimize overall operating parameters to help maximize range. Although providing no hard pricing guidelines, VW's Chairman Dr. Martin Winterkorn did note that in order to have any hope for success, the car must be "truly affordable and offer uncompromising everyday practicality."