Volkswagen is showing its distinct approach to all-electric mobility with the E-Up! EV Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The E-Up! Is a four-seat coupe with a 60kW electric motor and 18kWh lithium-ion battery for a fully electric ride. Volkswagen included the Kickstep folding scooter, the Microbully scooter and a folding bike in the E-Up! to accommodate inner city travel. This concept vehicle figures to be the basis for a production EV intended for the 2014 model year.
The performance statistics for the E-Up! put this electric vehicle on par with models hitting the market in the next few years. Volkswagen says that the E-Up! reaches 31 miles per hour from a dead stop in 3.2 seconds. The maximum speed on the E-Up! is 84 miles per hour with a maximum range of 81 miles. The charging speed of the E-Up! ranges from five hours with a household outlet to one hour with a fast-charging unit. Volkswagen hopes that EV infrastructure will unfold in the next four years to accommodate vehicles like the E-Up!
Volkswagen installed a series of solar panels along this concept vehicle’s roof. The purpose of these panels is to supplement electrical power from the battery to the ventilation system. The E-Up! acts as Volkswagen’s first foray into production paneling, which is useful for battery charging without plugging into an outlet. The aforementioned scooters and bike allow E-Up! users to continue their emissions-free travels when it is time to park. After parking in a public lot, the typical E-Up! driver is able to hop on a scooter to reach nearby destinations without taking cabs or buses.
The E-Up! is considered a 3+1 seater rather than a traditional four-seater due to its Easy-Entry seating arrangement. The front passenger seat is arranged ahead of the driver’s seat to give more room for rear passengers. Volkswagen lowered the floor in the rear passenger area to provide even more space for otherwise cramped guests. The diminutive size of the Volkswagen E-Up! builds on the space-conscious modeling of the Up!, Space-Up! and Space-Up Blue! concepts presented in the past. The E-Up! concept will no doubt undergo changes prior to the 2013 production goal but the early returns look promising.