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Two new all-electric models from Volkswagen form a centrepiece at the Frankfurt motor show

The Volkswagen e-Golf has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show next month, alongside the new VW e-Up.

The e-Golf is powered by an electric motor which produces 113bhp and 199lb ft of torque. Volkswagen says the car can achieve a top speed of 87mph and accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds. The car has a range of 118 miles.

The e-Up, which has already been revealed prior to the show, has a range of up to 93 miles and can be charged up to 80 per cent in 30 minutes. The e-Up weighs a relatively low 1185kg. By comparison, the larger Nissan Leaf clocks in at 1500kg.

Power for the e-Up comes from an 80bhp electric motor which also produces 155lb ft of torque. Volkswagen claims the car can achieve a top speed of 84mph and that the 0-62mph sprint is dealt with in 12.4 seconds. As with the e-Golf, the e-Up has selectable driving modes including Eco and Eco+ to enable more frugal motoring when required.

Both the e-Volkswagen Up and e-Volkswagen Golf will also come with the option of a new Combined Charging System, developed by VW and others to enable both AC and DC charging stations to be used.

Volkswagen has not yet released prices for the e-Up or e-Golf, though orders are expected to open before the end of the year.

Both cars come with climate control and integrated sat-nav as standard.

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icos 10 September 2013

Is it a prerequisite for

Is it a prerequisite for Electric Vehicles to have horrendous alloy wheels or something?!

PhilM4000 27 August 2013

A car that people will actually buy

Electric cars right now require you to order something that looks odd with an odd drivetrain and also probably go into an unfamiliar dealer.  With this you go to a VW dealer and buy a Golf, it happens to be electric, you know it wil be fine because it is a Golf, what could be easier.  

fadyady 27 August 2013

Better late than never

At last Volkswagen has entered the electric race.

Not that any of these cars bring anything new to the table, what matters is that Europe's largest car maker shows some respect for the environment.

Agree that the Up! looks most insipid in white.

Not that VW cares, but the name IS quite daft.

Flatus senex 28 August 2013

fadyady wrote:  what matters

fadyady wrote:

 what matters is that Europe's largest car maker shows some respect for the environment.

 the name IS quite daft.

Depends how the electricity is generated. Much of Germany's power is anything but "green" and I believe it is to get worse.

As with Renault and the "Wind" a humourless organisation like VW doesn't realise when a name is indeed a stupid one. Gives us something to laught at though!