The Volkswagen e-Up has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show in September. It’s an electric version of the Up city car that will go on sale in the UK in early 2014.
The e-Up has an electric motor that develops 155lb ft of torque and peak power of 81bhp. It’s powered by a lithium-ion battery that’s mounted under the car’s floor.
Volkswagen quotes a maximum range of 150km (93 miles), and says that the e-Up can be recharged to up to 80 per cent of its energy storage within 30 minutes.
On the outside the e-Up looks much like other Up models, but it gets a different front bumper that incorporates LED running lights. The bumper also has a smoother shape to improve aerodynamics; new side sills and underbody panels serve the same purpose.
There are also bespoke 15in alloy wheels, and VW emblems with blue backgrounds. The cabin gets additional leather and chrome trim.
Prices are yet to be announced, but VW has confirmed that the e-Up will be available to order from autumn 2013. Watch this space… or contact us for more information