Volkswagen is preparing to debut a duo of electric vehicles at the Frankfurt International Motor Show: the e-up! and the e-Golf.
Americans will be familiar with the Golf hatchback, if not the electric powertrain installed within the e-Golf itself. The compact car will feature a 113-horsepower electric motor powered by a 24.2-kWh lithium ion battery pack. In a release (press credential required), Volkswagen said the e-Golf should be good for a driving range of up to 118 miles on a single charge. Thanks to its 200 ft-lbs of torque that come on almost immediately after power is applied, the e-Golf will feature acceleration on-par with just about any other economy car, reaching 62 MPH (100 km/h) in 10.4 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 87 MPH.
The smaller up! is a model most of our readers in America won’t recognize unless they’re fans of European market VeeDubs. With an 81 horsepower electric motor driven by an 18.7-kWh lithium ion battery pack. VW says it’s slightly slower than the e-Golf in the sprint from 0 to 62 MPH, reaching that speed in 12.4 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 81 MPH. Its motor produces slightly less torque, accounting for both the car’s and the battery pack’s smaller size in comparison to the e-Golf, at 155 ft-lbs. The e-up! will have a range of 100 miles on a single change, VW said in the press release.
The automaker said either car’s battery could be recharged to 80% capacity in “around half an hour” by using the fastest combined charging system (CCS) chargers that can supply a flow of direct current. The release said the cars’ driving ranges “make sense for commuters” and said studies by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Transport, Building, and Urban Development that said “around 80% of all car drivers in Germany drive fewer than 50 km (31 miles) daily.”
Finally, Volkswagen provided some insight into why it’s debuting the EVs, after a range of hybrids and TDI clean diesel automobiles that have made pleas to the ecologically and economically conscious commuter:
Powertrain and fuel strategy. Over the past decade, Volkswagen has already systematically sketched out a schedule for the future in its powertrain and fuel strategy, which included starting points for electric vehicles like the e-up! and e-Golf. This strategy sets up a timeline with realistic time windows for the introduction of alternative drive systems such as the hybrid, electric and hydrogen-based systems. In this scenario, the all-electric drive system – which will be demonstrated by the new e-up! and e-Golf – represents an indispensable and sensible supplemental drive system. That is because electric cars utilise renewable energy sources and enable zero-emissions mobility in metropolitan areas. Nonetheless, well into the future Volkswagen will continue to promote an intelligent mix of the most efficient drive systems.
Driving at the pace of the big city. The fact is 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. Yet 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.
The e-up! and e-Golf will debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in Germany, which runs from Tuesday, Sept. 10 until Sunday, Sept. 22.