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Volkswagen confirms e-up! for production

Volkswagen has confirmed that an electric version of its new up! city car is to go into production and is coming to the UK!

At the firm’s annual press and investors conference in Wolfsburg today, the new e-up! is on display, with the promise that this fully electric car will have a range of around 93 miles per charge.

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Fitted with a 18.5 kWh lithium ion battery integrated into the underfloor and a 60kW electric motor in place of a combustion engine, the new electric city car will offer max torque of 210Nm and continuous power of 40kW. It will be able to accelerate from 0 to 62mph within 14 seconds and reaches a top speed of 83mph.

The port for charging the battery is hidden behind the ‘fuel filling flap’ and as an option, can use the Combined Charging System (CCS), which supports both DC and AC charging, so that drivers can easily charge their cars at most charging stations. The car can even use rapid chargers, for a recharge to 80 per cent battery capacity in just 30 minutes.

Volkswagen has managed to keep the extra weight of its first electric car to a minimum, with a kerb weight of 1,185 kg-just 256kg more than the regular combustion model.

The up! model has been subtlety restyled for the electric model, including an aerodynamic re-sculpturing of the front end, sills and underbody.

There is also machine-polished 15-inch alloy wheels and Volkswagen emblems with blue backgrounds and an e-up! logo at the rear, to distinguish the model from the fuel-drinking models.

The vehicle’s interior features special leather and chrome accents plus unique e-up! light-grey seat covers with blue top-stitched seams.

A production-ready model will make its show debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, and will go on sale shortly after. First UK customer deliveries are expected to take place from early 2014.

While pricing and production levels have yet to be confirmed, a Volkswagen spokesperson did tell us that the e-up! would be sold to both fleet and private customers.

For the model to be competitive with other electric models such as the new Renault ZOE  and smart fortwo ED, prices will need to stay on the right side of £15,000 after incentives.

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Faye Sunderland

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