The Volkswagen up! was designed to be an affordable and fuel-efficient city vehicle but something has been lost in the conversion to an electric vehicle.
Set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the e-up! will cost a pretty penny as Volkswagen has confirmed it was start at €26,900 ($34,525 / £23,150) with a battery. For comparison, the larger Nissan Leaf starts at €23,790 ($30,520 / £20,515) with a leased battery or €29,690 ($38,105 / £25,605) with a purchased battery.
The hefty price tag rewards owners with an electric powertrain that develops a peak output of 82 HP (60 kW) and 210 Nm (155 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the hatchback to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 12.4 seconds, hit a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) and travel up to 160 km (99 miles) on a single charge. More importantly, the e-up! has zero CO2 emissions and only costs about €3 ($4 / £2) to travel 100 kilometers (62 miles).
The e-up! will be competing in the Silvretta E-Car Rally and additional information will be released at the Frankfurt Motor Show.