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Published on August 29th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Volkswagen e-up! & e-Golf To Be At International Auto Show In Frankfurt

August 29th, 2013 by  

At the upcoming International Auto Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Volkswagen will present two electric vehicles: The e-up!, and the e-Golf.

The e-up! can drive 160 km (99 miles) per charge and can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 12.4 seconds. It has a top speed of 81 mph. This vehicle is powered by an 18.7 kWh battery bank. The vehicle achieves an efficiency of 117 Wh/km, or 11.7 kWh for every 100 km.

[Warning: math coming] 700 km = 435 miles. 82 kWh for every 435 miles (which is close to the average distance traveled per month in the US) would equal $9.82 per month for the average person in the US (at the average US electricity price of $0.12/kWh). That is outstandingly cheap for a car!

The e-up!, which seats 4, has a 60 kW (80 HP) motor, and generates 155 pound-feet (210 N·m) of torque.

VW e-up! 4-door electric car

Volkswagen e-up! EV.
Image Credit: Volkswagen-up.com

4-Door Volkswagen e-up! Side view.
Image Credit: Volkswagen-up.com

The e-Golf is two classes higher than the e-up! — it seats 5 and can travel a longer 190 km (118 miles) per charge due to its larger, 24.2 kWh battery pack. It can also accelerate from 0–62 mph  (0–100 km/h) in 10.4 seconds using the 199 pound-feet (270 N·m) of torque from it’s 85 kW (114 HP) motor.

It has a power consumption of 18 kWh/100 km, which translates to 126 kWh after 435 miles (700 km), which is in the range of the average distance driven by an American per month. That would come to a monthly cost of $15.

According to Green Car Congress, there are quite a few driving modes: “In both models, two very efficient driving modes (“Eco”, “Eco+”) and four regenerative braking modes (“D1”, “D2”, “D3” and “B”) help to extend maximum ranges. In Germany, studies by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development found that around 80% of all car drivers in Germany drive fewer than 50 km (31 miles) daily.”

Finally, the range estimates for these cars are adequate for most drivers in Germany, as 80% of them drive fewer than 31 miles (50 km) per day, according to a study by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development.

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