Volkswagen unveiled two electric cars at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show: along with the e-Golf, it also showed the e-Up electric minicar.
In the VW e-Up, the car's internal combustion engine is replaced with an electric motor that produces 60 kilowatts (81 horsepower) and 155 pound-feet of torque. It is powered by an 18.7-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack
That actually makes the e-Up a little peppier than its fossil fuel-powered counterpart--whose most powerful model develops 70 hp and 74 lb-ft.
That explains the improvement in 0-to-62 mph times from 13.2 seconds for the 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline Up to 12.4 seconds for the e-Up.
Granted, the e-Up is limited to 81 mph, while the Up can do 106 mph. Still, like the Chevrolet Spark EV, the electric Up simply outperforms its gasoline equivalent.
Range is 100 miles on the European cycle, which is is usually optimistic compared to the American EPA testing regimen. Volkswagen rates the e-Up's efficiency at 18.8 kWh/100 mi.
Charging the e-Up from a standard European 230-volt outlet takes nine hours; Volkswagen will also install 3.6-kW charging stations in customers' homes, shortening charging time to six hours.
Using a DC Fast Charging system, the battery can also be recharged to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes. The e-Up will be compatible with the new CCS fast charging standard, as opposed to the Japanese CHAdeMO.
Like the e-Golf, the e-Up gives drivers a choice of two driving modes--Eco and Eco+-- and four regenerative braking modes. It also features a range display that calculates whether the car has enough electricity to complete a given route.
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