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First Look: 2013 Volkswagen e-Up Battery Car

Automaker wants to take its EV “into the mainstream.”

by on Sep.14, 2009

Volkswagen plans to put a version of this e-Up battery car concept, based on its Up minicar, into production by 2013.

Volkswagen plans to put a version of this e-Up battery car concept, based on its Up minicar, into production by 2013.

Though there are bound to be some tweaks and changes made by the time a production version of the e-Up concept vehicle makes it into production, Volkswagen officials confirmed, during a preview of the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, that they will put the battery car into showrooms three years from now.

The e-Up is based on the new Up, one of the newest and decidedly the smallest members of the expanding VW line-up.  Slightly smaller than the gasoline and diesel-powered versions of the minicar, the 2013 e-Up concept electric vehicle relies on a small set of Lithium-Ion batteries, mounted below its floor, to deliver a range of about 80 miles, enough for most urban drivers, according to Volkswagen officials.

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“It is what we think a volume electric vehicle could look like in 2013,” declared Ulrich Hackenberg, the German maker’s technology chief, during a preview of the vehicles Volkswagen will be showing at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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