Volkswagen Unveils ‘E-Up’ Compact Electric Car

September 15, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Volkswagen, the successful German carmaker, plans to launch an electric concept vehicle at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week, called the E-Up. The compact electric car would run on a lithium ion battery and symbolizes the future environmentally friendly direction of the company.

The E-Up’s lithium ion battery holds about 18 kilowatt hours of energy, providing enough power for a driving distance of about 80 miles, depending on driving style. The compact environmentally vehicle would not hit assembly lines until 2013, with full-scale mass production planned for 2020.

Volkswagon Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn, envisions a future where all car manufacturers mass produce electric vehicles with lower carbon emissions. “The future will belong to lower emissions and more efficient transportation,” he said. “We’re releasing one environmentally friendly car after another,” said Winterkorn.

Winterhorn said, in a speech on the eve of the Frankfurt car show, that it’s time to take electric cars out of niche markets. “The concept car now being presented in Frankfurt very realistically shows how we envision such a Volkswagen with pure electric drive – technically, visually and with regard to a practical size,” Winterkorn said.

Volkswagon also plans to display vehicles promoting its Blue Motion and hybrid technology.



2 Responses to “Volkswagen Unveils ‘E-Up’ Compact Electric Car”

  1. GoElectric on September 15th, 2009 12:46 pm

    This is very good news. In addition to reducing our dependence on foreign oil,electric cars emit no greenhouse gasses.

  2. Rob on September 15th, 2009 11:21 pm

    There is just a ton of good news lately about electric cars that can go 50 to 80 miles. If you can take it on the highway and go 65MPH, 80 miles is a terrific distance. Great news.

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