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XL1, e-up! electrify E-Car rally

2013-07-08 09:14

TAKING ON THE E-CAR RALLY: VW's XL1 and e-up! (above) will take on the 350km long Silveretta E-Car Rally. Image: Volkswagen


2013 Volkswagen XL1

2013-02-22 10:13

Volkswagen launches what could be a game-changer in the battle for the world’s most fuel-efficient production car- the XL1. Despite its 1950’s UFO-esque looks the radical ride uses a mere 0.9 litres/100km!

GAREGLLEN, Austria - Volkswagen will be lining up at the start of 2013 Silvretta E-Car Rally with two innovative vehicles – its XL1 diesel hybrid and an electric e-up!.

The four-seat e-up! is VW’s first fully electric vehicle (EV) to be produced in high volumes. it has an electric motor capable of 60kW/210Nm and can accelerate to 100km in 12.4sec; top speed 130 km/h. VW claims a battery range of 160km and “impressively low energy costs of less than (the equivalent) of R39/100km.”


The EV can, the autmaker says, be charged from any standard 230V socket, a home wall box or a fast-charge station - the last capable of charging the battery to 80% in less than 30 minutes. VW said: "In the ideal scenario the e-up! will be charged using electricity from regenerative sources and will then be running 100% CO2 neutral."

The Silvretta E-Car Rally will be held in the Austrian Montafon region. Drivers will be challenged to recover large amounts of power used on climbs through battery regeneration on subsequent descents.


The e-up! differentiates itself from the basic up! design. The EV has curved daytime diode lights in the bumper as well as aero tweaks to the nose, sills and underbody. The EV has 15” alloys and rides on low-resistance tyres. There are VW emblems on the front doors and boot.

The e-up! will be launched in one premium specification which includes satnav, aircon, multi-function display, heatable windscreen and seats and tinted rear windows. Grey seat covers are finished with blue seams and the car has leather and chromed trim.

The entry-level price of the e-up! in Germany is the equivalent of R340 000. VW will announce further details on how the vehicle is to be marketed at the 2013 Frankfurt international auto show.

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