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VW's EV assault: New e-Golf and e-up!

2013-08-28 08:00

BATTERY VW’S TO SHINE IN FRANKFURT: Volkswagen will debuts its e-Golf and e-up! at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. Image: Volkswagen

WOLFSBURG, Germany - Volkswagen will up the electric vehicle ante at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show with the debut of two battery vehicles - e-Golf and e-up!

VW says both zero-emissions cars offer "unlimited everyday practicality with an attractive equipment line-up."


The five-seater e-Golf is driven by a 85kW/270Nm electric motor, reaches 100km/h in 10.4 seconds and has an electronically limited speed limit of 140km/h.

The four-seater e-up! produces 60kW/210Nm, completes the 100km/h sprint in 12.4 seconds and has a top speed of  130km/h.

The e-up! can drive 160km on a single battery charge, while the e-Golf with its larger battery capacity has a range of 190km.

The e-up! uses 11.7kWh per 100km while the e-Golf uses 12.7kWh. The e-motors, transmission and lithium-ion batteries of the e-up! and e-Golf are developed in-house at VW component plants in Germany.

Charging stations (direct current) shorten the time needed to charge the battery of both cars to 80% capacity in about 30mins, claims the automaker.

Standard features include auto climate control, radio-navigation system, windscreen heating and LEDs.

The International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt takes place from September 10-22.

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