The plug-in up! is partly distinguished by machine-polished 15-inch alloy wheels, Volkswagen emblems with blue backgrounds and an e-up! logo at the rear

The plug-in up! is partly distinguished by machine-polished 15-inch alloy wheels, Volkswagen emblems with blue backgrounds and an e-up! logo at the rear

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A spokesperson for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars division of VAG has told just-auto that no versions of the VW e-up! are planned "for now". The brand's first all-electric car was announced earlier on 14 March.

Responding via email, Volkswagen's spokesperson stated that the plug-in up! will come down the same line at the Bratislava factory as all existing MHB platform vehicles. That means two- and four-door versions of the VW up!, SEAT Mii and Škoda Citigo. 

This new EV was previewed by the e-UP! concept at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2009. That car was said to weigh 1,085kg and had an 18kWh lithium-ion battery pack. One of its novelties was solar cells in the sun visors. There is no mention of the latter in today's advance media information concerning the production model.

Whilst the VW Group already had battery supply or research programmes underway with Sanyo, BYD and Toshiba, in late September 2009, it revealed that it was also working on lithium-ion R&D with Varta Microbattery GmbH. The supplier of the e-up! cells is not named in the 14 March 2013 media release.

Volkswagen says the electric motor in the e-up! has peak power of 60kW/82PS. Its continuous power is stated as being 40kW/55PS, with maximum torque of 210Nm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is quoted as being "within 14 seconds", with a top speed of 135 km/h. The lithium-ion battery integrated in the underfloor area has a total energy storage capacity of 18.7kWh; this means that the car can reportedly cover up to 150 km (per NEDC) on a single charge.

The port for charging the battery is hidden behind the same fuel flap as in the combustion versions of the up! The new Combined Charging System (CCS) is optional. CCS, a standardised protocol, supports both DC and AC charging. With this system, drivers can easily charge their cars at most charging stations, regardless of the power sources or charging rates offered.

One distinctive exterior feature compared to the existing up! is a curved layout for the LED daytime running lights in the front bumper. In addition, the front end, sills and underbody "have been aerodynamically optimised", according to Volkswagen.

The e-up! will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt IAA in September. Deliveries commence from the fourth quarter. Cars for the UK will follow from early 2014.

Author: Glenn Brooks

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Wolfsburg, 14 March 2013 - Volkswagen is writing a new chapter in mobility in presenting its first fully electric production vehicle: the new e-up!. The four-seat car – which operates with nearly zero noise – is being shown at today’s Annual Press and Investors Conference in Wolfsburg. The new e-up! impresses with its driving range of 150 km and excellent everyday practicality.

Innovations that fascinate: the e-up! offers entry to a new pioneering vehicle concept with an electric drive and four seats. A car for daily use in the city ? but it is also ideal for commuters or as an innovative second car. It can handle distances of up to 150 km effortlessly. Afterwards, the e-up! can be recharged to as much as 80 per cent of its energy storage capacity within 30 minutes.

With nearly zero noise, the e-up! is powered by an electric motor with 60 kW / 82 PS peak power – without any disturbing gearshift interruptions or powertrain noise. Its continuous power is 40 kW / 55 PS. Its maximum torque of 210 Newton meters is available immediately with the first revolution. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h within 14 seconds and reaches a top speed of 135 km/h. The lithium-ion battery integrated in the underfloor area has a total energy storage capacity of 18.7 Kilowatt-hours (kWh); this means that the car can cover up to 150 km (per NEDC) on a single charge thanks to its low vehicle weight of 1,185 kg.

The port for charging the battery in the e-up! is hidden behind the “fuel door”. As an option, the Combined Charging System (CCS) is used, which has been standardised by Volkswagen and other carmakers. It supports both DC and AC charging, so that drivers can easily charge their cars at most charging stations – regardless of the power sources or charging rates that they offer.

The styling of the e-up! is subtle and expresses high quality. One distinctive exterior feature is the curved layout of the LED daytime running lights in the front bumper. In addition, the front end, sills and underbody have been aerodynamically optimised.

The e-up! can be made out at first glance by its machine-polished 15-inch alloy wheels, Volkswagen emblems with blue backgrounds and an e-up! logo at the rear.

The vehicle’s interior features e-up! light-grey seat covers with blue top-stitched seams. Special leather and chrome accents have been used to convey a puristic impression that matches the vehicle concept of a full-fledged urban electric car.

In autumn, the e-up! will celebrate its fair premiere at the International Autoshow in Frankfurt and can be ordered subsequently.

Original source: https://www.volkswagen-media-services.com/medias_publish/ms/content/en/pressemitteilungen/2013/03/14/the_new_e-up_.standard.gid-journalisten.html