The asynchronous motor can go from 0-62 miles per hour in just over 12 seconds, with a top speed of 80 mph. The small four seater features several eco modes, as well as regenerative braking to increase the range of the vehicle. Navigation and bluetooth technology come standard along with air conditioning and heated seats. Volkswagen says it takes only nine hours to completely charge the depleted lithium ion battery in the e-Up.
No word yet on if or when the e-Up! will launch in the States, but the simultaneously introduced Volkswagen e-Golf will be released in North America in late 2014 or early 2015.
Volkswagen’s larger e-Golf has a greater range than the e-Up! at 118 miles. With a slightly larger battery, the e-Golf reaches 62 mph in 10.4 seconds. Based on the popular Golf platform, the e-Golf offers a highly functional vehicle in an eco-friendly package.