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Volkswagen E-Up! Concept Car with Zero-Emissions - Web Exclusive

Sep 16, 2009

Volkswagen unveiled another in its line of E-Up! Concepts, this time boasting zero emissions. Powered by an electric motor capable of delivering a peak of 80hp (55hp constant) and 154 lb-ft of torque channeling through the front wheels, the E-Up! can accelerate 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 84mph.

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The E-Up! weighs just 2400 lb – a remarkable figure considering the lithium-ion batteries account for more than 500 lb of it.

The batteries have a capacity of 18kWh, which allows a theoretical range of over 80 miles. Through the use of proposed public charging stations, 80% of the vehicle’s battery capacity can be made available within an hour. Using a 230-volt domestic system would require a charging time of around five hours. This process is aided by a series of solar panels mounted on the roof.

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Housed under the floor, the batteries are protected by a crash structure and are kept cool by a series of heat exchangers. The entire system, including the electric motor, transmission and differential, are extremely compact to provide as much space inside the car as possible.

Drawing inspiration from the new design direction on the Mk6 Golf, the new E-Up! Has evolved the concept family with a distinctive ‘face’ and clean, minimalist lines.

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Despite the diminutive dimensions the E-Up! is spacious and is capable of carrying three adults plus a child. The 3+1 seating arrangement means two adults can sit on the passenger side of the vehicle, with the passenger seat mounted 50mm further forward than the driver to make this possible. On the driver’s side, a small space is available for occasional use by adults or children.

To reduce demand on the vehicle’s batteries, simple mechanisms such as the mirror adjustment and windows are manually operated. These methods extend to the touchscreen HMI (Human Machine Interface) system, which relays critical information to the driver including the amount of charge remaining and advice on nearby recharging stations.

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