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VW e-Golf and e-up! revealed

Volkswagen shows off all electric e-Golf and e-up! ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show debuts

VW is launching an assault on the electric car market by revealing battery-powered versions of the Golf and up! at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

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The e-Golf is a rival to the Nissan Leaf and uses a electric motor producing 113bhp and 270Nm of torque, helping it accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds with a limited top speed of 87mph. With a range of 118 miles, Volkswagen claim the e-Golf will only cost owners £2.84 for every 60 miles driven. In comparison, to cover the same distance in the petrol equivalent would cost around £6.27.

The e-up! city car is powered by a smaller 80bhp electric motor producing 210Nm of torque. Range is slightly lower at 93 miles and top speed is again limited, this time to 84mph. However, the e-up! is even cheaper to run than the e-Golf at only £2.60 for every 60 miles covered.

Both zero-emission models are fitted with climate control, integrated navigation system and LED daytime running lights. Two selectable driving modes, Eco and Eco+, as well as four active regenerative braking modes are also fitted as standard to help extend range. The batteries in both cars can also achieve an 80 per cent charge in only 30 minutes from a rapid-charging point.

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