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Volkswagen Cars: 2011 Volkswagen e-Up Concept

2011 Volkswagen e-Up Concept

It has been decided: a production version of the Volkswagen e-up! will be launched on the market in 2013. At the IAA in 2011, Volkswagen is already presented a near-production study of this zero-emissions car. It has a distinctive identifying characteristic at its front end: the arc-shaped layout of the LED daytime running lights in the bumper. Of technical interest: on the e-up!, the upper engine cooling air slot - a slot between the headlights and the VW logo - is fully covered by an elegant chrome trim strip. That is because narrow air intake slots above and below the licence plate suffice to cool the drive system of the e-up! that is painted in the colour "planet blue metallic".


The interior of the VW e-up! Concept is dominated by friendly beige colours; the designer panel in front of the driver and front passenger, centre console and door trim panels are painted in the new colour mix known as "two drops blue"; accents around the air vents glisten in a sophisticated black.


Supplying the propulsive power for the concept car, which can reach a top speed of 135 km/h, is an electric motor with a peak power of 60 kW (continuous power: 40 kW). As is typical of electric motors, the nearly silent motor develops a high maximum torque of 210 Newton metres from a standstill.


The car's battery capacity of 18 kilowatt-hours (kWh) enables distances of up to 150 km, depending on driving style - enough driving range for the city and for the trips of most commuters. The batteries themselves are located in the underbody of the e-up!. Meanwhile, all key drive and ancillary components are housed in front in the engine compartment.