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Volkswagen goes electricBack

VWelectricVW is preparing to go electric at the Frankfurt Motor Show by introducing two new electric cars to its existing line-up.

The Volkswagen e-Golf and the e-Up are set to make their debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Both cars are powered purely by electric motors with production versions set to go on sale in 2014.

The new e-Golf will be powered by a 114bhp electric motor which is capable of developing 199lb ft of torque from standstill, and an estimated time of 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds has been quoted by VW.

The top speed for the e-Golf will be restricted to just 87mph and the car’s maximum range will be 118 miles.

The new Volkswagen e-Up has an electric motor which develops 155lb ft of torque and offers a peak power of 81bhp. It is powered by a lithium-ion battery which is mounted beneath the car’s floor.

Volkswagen has revealed that the maximum range of the new e-Up! will be 160km (99 miles) and that the e-Up! is capable of recharging up to 80 per cent of its energy storage in just 30 minutes.

Volkswagen has quoted that the new e-Up! consumes 11.7 kWh of electricity per 100km, while the e-Golf, consumes 12.7 kWh. Using German electricity prices, it says that driving 100km (62 miles) costs about £2.60 in the e-Up and about £2.84 in the e-Golf.

Both new models look very similar to any other Volkswagen Golf or Up!, although both electric versions get slightly different bumper designs that incorporate LED running lights, blue exterior trim details and bespoke alloy wheels. The Golf also gets full LED headlights – the first car to do so in the VW range.

Both cars contain the following features as standard to include automatic climate control, a radio and sat-nav system, a heated windscreen, LED daytime running lights and a system to pre-heat your car before you get in on a cold day.

The VW e-Up will be available to order from autumn 2013 and the production version will go on sale in early 2014, with the new e-Golf on sale later in the same year.

Prices for both vehicles have not yet been announced but it is predicted that the e-Up! will cost around £15,000 and the e-Golf around £25,000, both prices include the £5,000 electric car grant from the government.

Further details of the VW e-Up! and e-Golf will be revealed at the Frankfurt motor show on September 10th 2013.


Posted by Leana Kell on 27/08/2013