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10 September 2013

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German OEMs have not been the fastest to enter the EV market, but after a few years of testing and trials, most German brands will have a PHEV, EREV or BEV available on the market in the next 12 months. In this first part of its live reporting from the Frankfurt Auto Show, IAA 2013, takes a look at the most exciting EV premieres coming on the market. +PHOTOS +VIDEOS
Germany is taking huge strides in terms of electromobility, with many new cars being made available over the coming 12 months:

BMW i3: The BMW i3 has been a long time coming, but Frankfurt will mark its official world debut following the small city-based launches held last month. It will be the first chance most get to interact with the car, from its quirky door layout to its concept car-style interior, and unusual proportions. 

BMW i8 is a supercar (0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds with 250km/h top speed) but with only 66g/km of CO2 emissions on the official EU fuel cycle. The car can be driven on electric power for 45 kilometers, taking 1 hour and 45 minutes to recharge using a domestic socket.

Both the i3 and i8 feature BMW LifeDrive architecture, with lightweight materials such as aluminium structures and a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic passenger cell. 

2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid: Mercedes-Benz has experimented with fully-electric vehicles in the form of the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive and ballistic SLS AMG Electric Drive, but it still sees combustion power as vital for its larger sedans--one of which is the S500 Plug-In Hybrid. It is said that the large luxury sedan gets 78 mpg between electric and gasoline running--though in the real world, these figures will vary.
Volkswagen e-Golf: The e-Golf has been a long time coming, but Frankfurt will finally see Volkswagen unveil the production version of its Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric challenger. While the only efficiency figures released are generated in European testing and therefore higher than you'll see in EPA tests, VW is claiming class-best efficiency of 20.4 kWh per 100 miles. However, its 118-mile range, close to the Leaf's European 120 mile figure, suggests its real-world range will be similar too (mid-70s in EPA testing).


Volkswagen e-Up: Joining the e-Golf at Frankfurt is the Europe-only e-Up, based on the firm's small five-door minicar. Efficiency is even greater here thanks to the car's low weight, at just 18.8 kWh per 100 miles. Official range is 100 miles--pointing to a real-world figure somewhere in the 60s and 70s--while its 81-horsepower motor gives it better performance than the gasoline Up. Provided the price is right, it could prove a worthy challenger to the Renault Zoe.

About IAA: Frankfurt International Motor Show

The first IAA was organised more than 110 years ago. In 1897, 8 motor vehicles were exhibited to the public at the Bristol Hotel, Unter den Linden in Berlin. Due to its high visitor and exhibitor turnout, the IAA was developed into a yearly alternating exhibition of passenger cars and commercial vehicles in 1991. Since 2003, the IAA has attracted around one million visitors every year.


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