Frankfurt Show - VW previews the E-Up


Volkswagen is going all out to portray the Up as the car of the future. First shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007 as a rear-engined, three-cylinder concept, the Up now gets its third variant - the E Up.

Designed as a mass production small electric car, the E Up measures just 3.19 metres in length and uses the original Up's unique 3+1 seating concept. The electric motor produces a peak power of 60 kW or nearly 80 bhp, while the constant power is rated at close to 54 bhp or 40kW. Volkswagen claims that the car can accelerate from rest to 100 kph in just 11.3 seconds, while it can go on to a top speed of 135 kph.

Weighing in at just 1,085 kg, the car is quite light for a small battery pack car, considering its battery pack alone weighs 240 kg. But that too is on the lighter side, given that it is a Lithium ion battery pack. With 18 kWh of charge, the car has a range of 130 kilometres using just a 230V connection. Volkswagen claims that given electricity costs at night across Europe, if a car is charged overnight, the E-Up can run for a distance of 100 kilometres on just 2 Euros or approximately 3 USD.  For quick charges of up to 80 per cent, the car can be out on the road in just an hour, making it more practical than most electric small cars.

The integral drive unit of the E-Up weighs 140 kg and consists of a brushless DC motor together with the transmission and differential. Energy is supplied via a high-power pulse-control inverter, which is combined with the 12-Volt electrical system DC/DC converter and the charger to form the compact integral drive.

A solar panel on top of the roof measuring 1.7 square meters continuously supply energy to the car’s electrical system, and while the vehicle is parked they help to cool the interior by supplying energy to the car’s ventilation system.

Practicality hasn't been lost with the adoption of a 40:60 split rear seat that has a storage capacity of 320 litres when folded down or up to 520 litres if utilized up to the roof. A Human Machine Interface unit or HMI is a touch based system that controls navigation, battery usage, charge and other functions as well as determine best routes to be driven on for an economical drive or inform the driver of the closest filling station.

VW hopes to put this car into commercial mass production by 2020, by which time it hopes to also develop other electric cars as well.

E-Up! - Technical Data

Dimensions / Running Gear

Length: 3,199 mm

Width: 1,641 mm

Height: 1,468 mm

Wheelbase: 2,190 mm

Front overhang: 555 mm

Rear overhang: 454 mm

Front suspension: McPherson

Rear suspension: Semi-independent


Drive type: Electric motor

Power (max. / continuous): 60 KW / 40KW

Max. torque: 210 Nm

Transmission / Tyres

Transmission: EQ 210 (1-speed variable transmission)

Drive type: Front-wheel drive

Tyre size: 185/50 R16

Performance data:

0-50 km/h: 3.5 s

0-100 km/h: 11.3 s

Top speed: 135 km/h