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Volkswagen Unveils its First Electric Vehicle - the e-up!
Volkswagen just took the wraps off its first ever production electric vehicle – the e-up! Unveiled today at the Annual Press and Investors Conference in Wolfsburg, the four-seater e-up! is powered by an 81 horsepower electric motor and an 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery, and it has a 93 mile driving range, which makes it ideal for commuters.
The e-up! can be equipped with a “Combined Charging System” that supports both DC and AC charging, so that drivers can easily charge their cars at practically any charging station regardless of the power source or charging rate that it offers. Once the battery is fully depleted, it can be recharged up to 80 percent in 30 minutes.
On the outside, the e-Up! looks almost identical to the gas-powered up!, but it has unique styling details like curved LED daytime running lights on the front bumper and a few other subtle styling changes to make the e-up! more aerodynamic. The VW e-up! will debut this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show with sales starting in early 2014 in the UK.
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