VW has been showing off an all-new electric car at this year’s .
The quirky-looking E-Up! concept is powered entirely by an electric motor, which means it doesn’t emit CO2 – well not directly, anyway.
Designers claim it can accelerate from 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds, before going on to a top speed of 84mph, which makes it as almost as quick as some petrol-powered city cars.
The E-Up! is particularly nimble (for an electric car) because of the lightweight materials that went into producing it. The whole thing weighs just 1,085kg, with the batteries accounting for almost a quarter of that total.
VW said the lithium-ion cells can be topped up through a domestic power supply or at a public charging station, providing enough energy for an 80-mile journey. This process is aided by the 1.4 sq m of solar panels that cover the roof.
Although the VW E-Up! is small, it’s been designed to accommodate three adults and a child in an unusual ‘3+1’ seating arrangement – similar to the . This means two adults can sit on the passenger side of the vehicle, slightly further forward than the driver. A small space is then left available for occasional use by children.
Unveiling the car, a VW spokesperson said: ‘Cars with pure petrol and diesel engines – which in the foreseeable future will continue to be unbeatable for mid- to long-range distances – will be supplemented by cars like the E-Up! in coming years. And that will happen starting in 2013.
‘The concept now being presented in Frankfurt very realistically shows how we envision such a Volkswagen with pure electric drive technology, visually and in terms of size.’
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