The electric variant of Volkswagen AG’s tiny Up! city car is getting a larger battery that the company says will increase real-world driving 36% to 161 miles.
The next-generation e-Up will be unveiled next week at the Frankfurt auto show. The new model gets a 32.3-kWh lithium-ion battery in place of the current 18.7-kWh unit. The new battery can be replenished to 80% capacity in one hour using a 40-kW charger.
VW says the new e-Up will have more standard safety, convenience and infotainment features. At the same time, pricing will be lowered slightly, thanks to economies of scale achieved through increased production of EV components across VW Group brands.
With vehicles like the Toyota Mirai and the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, you might think that hydrogen-fueled vehicles are a brand-new phenomenon.
You might be surprised to learn that there is presently a Ford Transit 350HD that is chock full of lithium-ion batteries that you can get right now that doesn’t come out of Dearborn but Loveland, Colorado.
Panasonic Corp. has a suspended a Canadian supplier of cobalt used to make batteries for Tesla electric cars because the metal was mined in Cuba and may be subject to U.S. sanctions.