2009 VW E-Up! Concept review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 15 September 2009 , 08:09:14 byVeronica

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VW E-Up! Concept

At the 63rd International Motor Show, Volkswagen is presenting new sustainable automobiles. From the most fuel-efficient production passenger cars in the world to the ones that use hybrid technology, the carmaker is proud to present the new E-Up! This model will actually have its first official public display in Frankfurt. The zero-emissions concept car is based on modules of the New Small Family anticipated in the year 2011, but at a length of 3.19 meters it is even more compact. The new model also offers an innovative 3+1 seating concept. Inside, the smallest Volkswagen ever also astonishes with its impressive space utilization. The car is powered by an electric motor capable of developing 60 kW and 210 nm of torque. This amount of power enables the car to reach a top speed of 135 km/h. the low weight of the vehicle is quite astounding, giving the fact that 240 kilograms are taken up by the lithium-ion battery. If the batteries are recharged in a home garage, for example, by plugging it into a 230 Volt household outlet, this would take a maximum of five hours. All components important to the power-train are unified in compact form in the so-called integral drive. Even though the E-Up! Styling was developed from the Up!, the electric car differs from conventionally powered models in the new model series. The model does not reveal the slightest hint of retro styling, but instead, designers created new and unmistakable styling tools that would carry the small Volkswagen far into the future. The generous space implemented over a total vehicle area of just 5.1 square meters is absolutely astounding. Several actors are responsible for this clever packaging. First there is the reduced size of the instrument panel, which was shifted further forward than usual toward the engine compartment and the second this is that the model is a 3+1 seat-car. As a result, two adults can sit comfortably on the side of the passenger. The carmaker will make it become reality in 2013.