Volkswagen shows new eup at SMMT

Volkswagen’s first pure electric production vehicle, the e-up! will be on display at the SMMT’s headquarters in Westminster from 17-28 February. Based on the multi-award-winning up! city car, the e-up! produces zero tailpipe emissions and has a range of up to 93 miles. As well as achieving a top speed of 81mph, it easily keeps up with urban and suburban traffic, accelerating from 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds.A full charge using a standard domestic three-pin socket takes less than nine hours, while a 3.6kW home charger – which is available free to e-up! customers from British Gas – enables charging in less than six hours. All e-up! models also have a DC fast-charging circuit as standard. Using the Combined Charging System (CCS), this enables a flat battery to be charged to 80% in just 30 minutes.Customers can also opt in to a green electricity package from Ecotricity, which means that when they recharge their car at home they are doing so using 100% green energy. They will also have access to more than 5,000 public charge points, a number of which are powered by Ecotricity.The exhibition showcases Volkswagen’s commitment to its ‘Think Blue’ plan, which encourages environmentally sustainable practices in all aspects of vehicle manufacture, running and recycling.The e-up! will be joined this summer by the fully electric e-Golf, while a plug-in hybrid Golf is due around six months after that.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more