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Volkswagen e-up! and e-Golf: A Duo of Zero-Emission Hatchbacks

George Kennedy

With all the supercar debuts circling around Frankfurt today, you may be forgiven for overlooking a humble electric hatchback, but these two electric cars could be favorites in Europe in the months to come. The Volkswagen e-Golf and e-up! are a pair of zero emission small cars that VW claims “sets an efficiency benchmark.”

The e-Golf features 85 kW/ 114-horsepower, and 199 pound-feet of torque. Power is generated from a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The electric hatchback has a 118-mile range and can charge in 13 hours (or 8 hours with an optional wall box charger).

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Meanwhile, the smaller e-up! features an 18.7-kWh battery pack, sending power to an 81 horsepower electric motor. It can be charged in only about six hours.

In addition to the benefit of zero-emission driving, the vehicles feature high-tech standard equipment such as a heated windshield and remote controlling for the heating and air conditioning.

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Both cars will feature Normal, Eco, and ECO+ driving modes, modulating throttle response, thus improving range. Both vehicles have multiple levels of regenerative braking settings, which will effect how much energy is captured, but also how the car drives.

These two vehicles will debut on European streets in spring of 2014, followed by appearing in Asia and North America in either late 2014 or early 2015.

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