Volkswagen used the Frankfurt Motor Show to present electric versions of two of its high-volume production models. Over the past decade, the company has sketched out a schedule for the future in its powertrain and fuel strategy, which included starting points for electric vehicles, such the e-up! And e-Golf seen at the IAA.

This strategy sets up a timeline with realistic time windows for the introduction of alterative drive systems such as the hybrid, electric, and hydrogen-based systems. In this scenario, the all-electric drive system – which was demonstrated by the two cars on display – is said to represent an indispensable and sensible supplemental drive system. This, says VW, is because electric cars utilize renewable energy sources and enable zero-emissions mobility in metropolitan areas. Nonetheless, well into the future Volkswagen has promised to promote “an intelligent mix” of the most efficient drive systems.

The e-Golf is driven by an 85 kW / 115 PS electric motor. This produces its maximum drive torque of 270 Nm as soon as it starts off. The result is that the e-Golf reaches 62mph in 10.4 seconds. On a motorway, the speed is electronically limited to 140 km/h.

The four-seat e-up! Uses an electric motor that produces 60 kW / 82 PS and transmits 210 Nm of torque from a standstill. It completes the spring to 100km/h in 12.4 seconds and has a top speed of 80mph.Volkswagen Frankfurt Motor Show