PHOTO CAPTION: VW E-Up! electric car slates for limited production starting in 2013.

Volkswagen's New Electric Beetle

The VW E-Up! prototype is powered by 500 lbs (226kg) of lithium ion batteries, giving it a urban driving range up to 70 miles.

Published: 17-Sep-2009

FRANKFURT --Volkswagen’s squat, snub-nosed E-Up looks nothing like the Beetle, the New Beetle, or most other superminis at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but it’s clear that VW expects it to be the people’s car for 2020 and beyond.

With the E-Up, batteries are included, as is the promise that it will be roadworthy and on sale by 2013 — and proliferate by 2020. Martin Winterkorn, VW’s chief executive, said the E-Up “very realistically shows how we envision such a Volkswagen with pure electric drive, technically, visually and with regard to size.”

The E-Up is laden with about 500 pounds of lithium-ion battery and scoots from zero to 60 in just over 11 seconds. But don’t expect extended scoots: when fully charged, the cells last for about 70 miles.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Aptera Typ-1 could achieve some 300 mpg as a plug-in hybrid, but would not qualify for tax credit.

Credit up to $5000 for qualified, 4-wheel electric passenger vehicles would not apply to highly efficient vehicles like the Aptera Typ-1 which will be powered as a battery vehicle and with a range-extending engine/generator option.

Some of the 18 Miles ZX40S low-speed electric car used by Paws Up Resort in Montana

The fleet includes 12 ZX40S Advanced Design cars and six OR70 off-road vehicles.


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