Volkswagen e-up! to launch in China soon
Volkswagen e-up! has been announced for China‚Äôs car market by middle of this year. This electric variant of Up! is powered by an electric motor and will initially be imported into the country while VW plans building the e-up! locally in China by early 2016.
Volkswagen e-up!, the electric variant of Up! is powered by an electric motor offering peak power of 60 kW / 82 PS peak power and peak torque of 210 Nm (155 lb-ft). The e-up! possesses a top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph) and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in less then 14 seconds. Volkswagen e-up! uses a 18.7 kWh Li-ion battery to offer a driving range of 150 km (93 miles). Considering increased demand for electric cars in China, the new e-up! is sure to see immediate success once officially launched.
As the company plans on importing the e-up into China, the electric car will not be entitled to Chinese green car subsidies which are only offered to those cars manufactured in the country. This will put the e-up! in a higher price bracket of around 250.000 yuan or 40.000 USD. It will only be from 2016 onwards, when VW plans on local production that prices will be more competitively priced. VW plans on producing the e-up! from either of their two joint ventures FAW-Volkswagen and Shanghai-Volkswagen but have yet to finalize plans.
The two door Volkswagen e-up! made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. This electric version of the Up! city car gets a different front bumper with LED running lights, improved aerodynamics and new side sills while it sits on 15‚ÄĚ alloy wheels.