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Volkswagen E-Up

  • Volkswagen e-Up electric car with Douglas C54 transport plane at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport

    Of the three plug-in VW cars we drove in Berlin this month, the one we liked best is the one we won't get in North America. The Volkswagen e-Up battery-electric minicar is a blast. It's small, rollerskate-agile, and performs well enough that it would be our preferred vehicle in any crowded city. And it's a huge upgrade on the gasoline version, Volkswagen's least expensive car in Germany, which we loved on its own merits when we drove a European version two years ago. MORE: Volkswagen Up: The Coolest High-MPG Small Car We Can't Have But VW didn't design the Up minicar to Federalize, meaning to...

  • 2014 BMW i3
    Germany Likes German Electric Cars; Leaf, Volt, Not So Much

    It isn't unusual for citizens of a particular country to employ a little patriotism when buying vehicles and stick to brands from that country. A huge swathe of Americans buy cars built by the Big Three, for example. Italians buy plenty of Fiats. French drivers often stick to Renaults, Peugeots and...

  • 2014 Volkswagen e-Up electric minicar
    VW e-Up Latest Electric Car To Offer Gasoline Backup Loaner

    Volkswagen won't be offering its e-Up electric car in the U.S, but with small dimensions and that clean electric drivetrain, it could be the ideal city car for European buyers. Even range doesn't matter that much when you're driving around the city, but Volkswagen recognizes that some drivers may...

  • Volkswagen e-Up!  -  2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
    Volkswagen e-Up Electric Car Live Photo Gallery: 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Volkswagen's second electric car debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show was the e-Up, a plug-in version of its European-market Up micro machine.

  • Volkswagen e-Golf and e-Up electric cars
    Volkswagen e-Golf & e-Up Electric Cars Set For Frankfurt Debut

    Volkswagen will debut production versions of two new electric cars at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month. The Volkswagen e-Golf and e-Up are the realization of several years of electric car testing by Volkswagen, and mark the automaker's transition to high volume electric car production. e-Up Each...

  • Volkswagen e-up! live photos, 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Volkswagen e-Up Electric Minicar: Forbidden Fruit For Europe Only

    The next 18 months will see a number of plug-in vehicles enter the market from Volkswagen, as the company has promised for several years. Today, first details of the Volkswagen e-Up minicar were released--with the car being shown at the company's Annual Press and Investors Conference, held at its...

  • Martin Eberhard

    Many global automakers have research outposts in Silicon Valley. BMW's is one floor of an unremarkable office building in downtown Palo Alto, while Volkswagen's much larger Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) occupies a whole building in an office park nestled in the foothills above Stanford University. It turns out that more than a year ago, Volkswagen added a "name" to its largely unknown staff of researchers, scientists, and engineers. Analysts skeptical It's Martin Eberhard, founder of recent IPO Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], last seen a year ago in an ugly court battle with Tesla CEO Elon...

  • 2009 Volkswagen E-Up! Concept
    All-Electric Volkswagen E-Up Coming To U.S. In 2013

    Volkswagen is intent on becoming the world’s leading automaker by 2018 and that means being the top dog in every segment, including hybrid and electric vehicles. Recently the automaker announced plans to start building its own electric powertrains, as well as the launch of a Jetta Hybrid in...

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