Volkswagen has signalled its commitment to protecting the environment by unveiling its first completely electronic mass-produced vehicle.
The four-seater e-up! was unveiled at the Annual Press and Investors Conference in Wolfsburg and produces virtually no noise and has a range of 150km before it needs re-charging.
The car is ideal for inner-city travel and, perhaps more impressively, its battery can be charged to 80% of its capacity in just half an hour.
For those who like to immerse themselves in the particulars of a vehicle, the e-up! is powered by an electric motor with a top power of 60 KW (82PS) and that is achieved without gearshift interruptions or powertrain noise.
It motors along at a steady 40KW (55PS) and has a maximum torque of 210 Newton metres which is available immediately. Thanks to this, the e-up! can achieve acceleration from standstill to 100km/h in 14 seconds and has a top speed of 135 km/h.
The car, which weighs in at a slender 1.18 tonnes, can cover distances of up to 150km thanks to its lithium-ion battery which is located in the underfloor area of the car chassis. The battery has a total energy storage capacity of 18.7 Kilowatt-hours (kWh).
The car's battery can be charged by a portal that is hidden by a flap and the vehicle comes with the option of possessing the standardised combined charging system which enables the vehicle to be charged at any station regardless of the power sources on offer.
Style-conscious motorists will be pleased to discover that the e-up! is as good-looking as it is functional. It features a curved assortment of LED lights on its front bumper and its front section, edges and underbody have been designed for aerodynamic optimisation.
Another striking feature of the e-up! is its 15-inch alloy wheels and its Volkswagen logos offset by blue background badges. A nice touch to what is a remarkably stylish car.
The vehicle looks quite good inside too, with light-grey seat covers with blue top-stitched seams. Special leather and chrome accents have been used by designers to ensure that the interior matches the vehicle's raison d'etre as an urban electric car.
Car enthusiasts will be able to run the rule over the e-up! at the International Autoshow in Frankfurt this autumn. UK drivers will be able to get their hands on one of these cars from early next year.
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