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Volkswagen E-Up! Coming to Certain U.S. Markets

Volkswagen will not include the mini Up! City vehicle in its U.S. line-up, but the automaker will bring the electric version of the car, dubbed the E-Up! to America, as Automobile Magazine reports.The E-Up will be offered to select U.S. cities.

The list of locations that will receive the German automotive producer’s EV is unknown, but we expect it to include cities that are the usual markets of choice for this kind of vehicles, with the best example being those located in California.

While the E-up European release date has been scheduled for 2013, the U.S. market entry date has not been revealed yet. The American version of the E-up will be larger than the one Europeans will get, but the differences between the two shouldn’t be significant.

The European E-Up uses an electric powertain that offers 60 kW (the continuous power rating sits at 40kW) and a torque of 210 Nm.Thanks to the aforementioned unit, the car can reach 31 mph (50 km/h) in 3.5 seconds and leave the 62 mph (100 km/h) mark behind in 11.3 seconds

The electric motor drains its energy from an 18 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged using a standard 230 Volt household outlet. The battery offers a quick charge mode that allows it to reach an 80 percent level of charge in one hour.

The vehicle, measuring 3.19 meters in length, 1.64 meters in width and 1.47 meters in height, offers a 3+1 seating configuration. The roof of the car features a solar cells area that covers 1.4 sq. meters that assists the battery.

 
 
 
 
 

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