VW’s all-electric VW e-Up! has been caught in action before its 2013 debut!
Don’t be fooled by what you see in the pictures, as VW has clothed the development mule in a shortened skin from the previous-generation Polo. Closer inspection reveals what’s underneath, where a lack of exhausts, plus a BlueMotion-style blanked-off grille, betray the electric-only underpinnings of the car.
Drawing inspiration from the concept car of the same name which appeared at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the E-Up! aims to offer cheap, zero-emissions motoring in a small but practical body. Power will come from a series of lithium-ion batteries located under the floor, which will produce 60kW (80bhp) and 210Nm of twist. This will endow the E-Up! with a range of up to 80 miles, while a quick charge can replenish 80 per cent of the batteries’ capacity within an hour.