A new compact electric car may soon hit the streets, as Volkswagen announces the debut of its e-up! model, which will mark VW’s first foray into a production version of an electric vehicle. The vehicle will premiere at the Annual Press and Investors Conference in Wolfsburg Germany this week.
The new model, a four-seater with a driving range of up to 150 km, is geared for daily city use and can take an 80% charge on its 18.7-kWh lithium-ion battery pack in just 30 minutes.
The e-up! is said to be nearly noise-free while operating, and its motor can produce 40 kW / 55 PS of continuous power and peak power of up to 60 kW / 82 PS, which is plenty for urban driving and commuting in the city.
VW says the e-up! can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 14 seconds and hit a top speed of 135 km/h, so it’s not a sports car, but with its maximum torque of 210 Newton meters, the car has plenty of power right off the line.
The vehicle supports both DC and AC charging, which offers more options for charging, and features LED running lights, alloy wheels, and leather and chrome accents in its design. The e-up! will be be available for order after this fall’s premiere at the International Autoshow in Frankfurt.
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