The ink on our test report of the automatic four-door up! was hardly dry, when the news reached us that in a dual world premiere, Volkswagen will be presenting two new and extremely efficient electric cars at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt (10th to 22nd September): the e-up! and e-Golf.
Hans Knol ten Bensel
A jump into the electric mobility future
This means that Europe’s most successful carmaker is transitioning two high-volume production models to the age of electric mobility.
Both zero-emissions cars offer unlimited everyday practicality, each has four doors, and they are attractively equipped. The cars come standard wih automatic climate control with parking heater and ventilation, radio-navigation system, windscreen heating, LED daytime running lights and, in the e-Golf, the Volkswagen brand’s first use of LED headlights.
The two newcomers are also leaders in energy efficiency: the e-up! consumes just 11.7 kWh of electricity per 100 km – this makes it the new world champion in efficiency.
The e-Golf, positioned two classes higher, attains an excellent value of 12.7 kWh. Given an electricity price of €0.258 per kWh (Germany, as of 31st July 2013), driving 100 km with the e-up! costs just €3.02, and with the e-Golf it is around €3.30.
Some data about the e-Golf…
The e-Golf, which is being presented in a world premiere in Frankfurt, is driven by a 85 kW / 115 PS electric motor. The motor produces its maximum drive torque of 270 Nm as soon as it starts off. The results: the front-wheel drive e-Golf reaches 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds.
On the Autobahn, the speed of the five-seat front-wheel drive car is electronically limited to 140 km/h.
… and the e-up!
Also making its debut in a world premiere at the IAA is the four-seat e-up!. Its electric motor produces 60 kW / 82 PS. This motor transmits 210 Nm of torque to the driven front axle from a standstill. It completes the sprint to 100 km/h in 12.4 seconds. Top speed: 130 km/h.
Driving ranges tailored for commuters.
The e-up! can drive 160 km on one battery charge (18.7 kWh), while the e-Golf with its larger battery (24.2 kWh) has a range of 190 km.
In both models, two very efficient driving modes (“Eco”, “Eco+”) and four just as easy to activate regenerative braking modes (“D1”, “D2”, “D3” and “B”) help to extend maximum ranges. And they are driving ranges that make sense.
In Germany, for example, studies by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development found that around 80 per cent of all car drivers in Germany drive fewer than 50 km daily.
Both cars charge up quite fast: The fastest CCS charging stations (direct current) shorten the time needed to charge the battery of an e-up! or an e-Golf to 80 per cent capacity to just around half an hour.
Widening target group…
Volkswagen believes that the target group for electric cars is growing, because a paradigm shift has begun.
Sustainable mobility is having an increasing impact on people’s actions.
VW also is convinced that the products for implementing this environmental awareness must be practical and fun as well such as the e-up! and e-Golf which accelerate to big city pace in just a few seconds.
The new zero-emission Volkswagen cars therefore have the potential for irreversibly charging up the electric car segment with innovative technology, a high level of everyday practicality and a dynamic driving feeling.
We are certainly to hear and see more of these interesting e-cars, just watch these columns!
Hans Knol ten Bensel