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Excited as always, the new E-Up! from Volkswagen is making its debut today at the Annual Press and Investors Conference in VW's home town of Wolfsburg, Germany. But wait, you're saying, we first saw the E-Up! at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, so what's this "debut" that VW is talking about?

Well, this is the "first fully electric production vehicle," and there are some differences from the 2009 version in style (see the front fascia and wheels, for example) and substance (the earlier concept had a 3+1 seating arrangement, which this one is a more standard, if tiny, four-seater).

This new all-electric E-Up! has a 18.7-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that offers a range of 150 kilometers (93 miles, on the NEDC test) and has quick charging to get 80 percent of its charge back in 30 minutes. The port is VW's Combined Charging System (CCS) that supports DC and AC charging. With an electric motor offering 60 kW of peak power, the sprint from zero to 62 mph takes a lengthy 14 seconds, but once on the go, the top speed is 84 mph.

In 2010, there were reports that the E-Up! would someday be available in the US. Today's announcement doesn't say anything about North America, it just confirms that the new E-Up! will be shown at the Frankfurt show later this year, with orders opening up after the show. Want to know more about VW's growing Up! franchise? Read our review of the gas-powered model here. Not green enough? VW also offers the Eco Up!, which can burn natural gas for roughly 56 US miles per gallon.Continue reading New Volkswagen E-Up! debuts with 93-mile range, Combined Charging System

New Volkswagen E-Up! debuts with 93-mile range, Combined Charging System originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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