Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Volkswagen confirms two new electric cars for UK in 2014

Volkswagen will unveil two production-ready electric cars for the first time at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
A fully electric version of VW’s up! city car – officially named ‘e-up!’ - will launch in the UK at the beginning of 2014 followed by an electric Golf – the ‘e-Golf’ – from mid-2014.
The e-motors, gearboxes and lithium-ion batteries have been developed in-house at VW and manufactured at the brand’s large component plants in Germany.
The e-Golf [below] can cover up to 118 miles, just short of the Nissan LEAF’s 124, with its 24.2kWh lithium-ion battery and is driven by an 85 kW electric motor, pumping out the equivalent of 115 PS, and offering 270 Nm of instantly available torque.
This allows the e-Golf to hit 62mph in 10.4 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 86mph. The e-Golf also boasts impressive energy efficient using 12.7 kWh to travel 100km, costing around €3.30 (around £2.84).
The four-seater e-up!, which was confirmed for production in March – boasts a smaller 18.7kWh battery and is powered by an electric motor producing 60 kW (82 PS) and 210 Nm of torque, available from as soon as it starts up.
It can chase down 62mph in 12.4 seconds with a top speed of 80 miles and a range of up to 99 miles in the right hands. The e-up! has been branded a leader in energy efficiency, consuming just 11.7 kWh of electricity every 100km at the cost of just €3.02 (£2.06p - based on electricity price of €0.258/22p per kWh).
With a kerb weight of 1,185 kg, the electric up! weighs just 256kg more than the regular combustion model. Both cars’ batteries can be charged to 80 per cent of their capacity with 30 minutes.
Exactly how many of these zero-emission cars will make it on to UK roads remains unclear but hopefully it will reach triple figures, something unlikely to happen with Ford’s fully electric Focus
Both cars will feature automatic climate control with parking heater and ventilation, radio-navigation system, windscreen heating, and LED daytime running lights as standard.
Price hasn’t been confirmed yet but the e-up! is unlikely to claim the title of most affordable electric car, which currently belongs to Renault’s Zoe. We guess the electric up! could cost upwards of £14k with the £5k plug-in grant applied, while the e-Golf could boast a price tag of at least £22k.
Both models will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 10.
VW’s e-up! and e-Golf in numbers
Maximum range99 miles118 miles
Electric motor60 kW / 82 PS85 kW / 115 PS
0-62mph time12.4 secs10.4 secs
Top speed86mph80mph
AvailableEarly 2014Mid 2014