Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Beetle of the 21st Century

At this week’s Frankfurt, Germany Auto Show, a new EV (electric vehicle) was revealed by Volkswagen called E-up. This concept car is planned for production in 2013.

The car is a bit tiny - under 10.5 ft (3.19 meters) in length with 4 seat in a 3+1 arrangement. The top speed is just under 85 mph (135 km/h). The lithium ion battery will have 18 kilowatt hours energy capacity enabling a driving distance of around 80 miles (130 km), depending on driving style.

"One of the basic milestones on this timeline," says Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn (love that name), Chairman of the Board of Management at Volkswagen, "is the mass produced electric car. To be a genuine success, the [EV car] must be affordable to a broad customer base and must be uncompromisingly practical in everday driving. Only then, in high volumes, and ideally on all continents, can one truly speak of the beginning of the electric age in automobiles and a perceptible reduction of their environmental impact."

Das Auto. Das un Sustaino Hero.

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