Volkswagen has revealed the e-up! – its first fully electric production car.
The e-up is based on the Volkswagen up! city car, which has had its three-cylinder petrol engine replaced by an electric motor with peak power of 81bhp. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 14 seconds, which is 0.8 seconds slower than the 74bhp petrol-powered up!.
An 18.7kWh lithium-ion battery is hidden underneath the up!’s floor, allowing it to cover just over 90 miles on a single charge. Volkswagen says the e-up! can be charged up to 80 per cent full in 30 minutes.
The e-up! gets a few bespoke styling tweaks, too, like the curved shape of the LED running lights, which is also repeated in the rear bumper. Volkswagen says the front end, sills and underbody have all been aerodynamically optimised. The interior gets light grey seats covers with contrasting blue stitching.
The e-up! will be at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with orders being taken after that. Volkswagen hasn’t announced prices but expect it to cost around £15,000 after the £5,000 government grant.