Ulrich Hackenberg, a board member in charge of product development at Volkswagen, says that the reason that the German automaker is working on an electric-car is the American market. At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show last week, Volkswagen unveiled its E-Up! Concept, which hints at an electric-car scheduled to go on sale in Europe in 2013.
Hackenberg said that Volkswagen is considering a longer version of the E-Up! for the American market as well.
The E-Up! concept is powered by an 80-hp electric-motor that allows the New Small Family car to travel 80 miles on a full charge. The battery pack takes up to 5 hours to fully recharge.
Volkswagen is also planning its first hybrid based on the Touareg for the U.S. next year. The Touareg hybrid SUV will make its debut at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show in January.
Volkswagen E-Up! Concept:
– By: Omar Rana