After showing off the E-Up! at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week and declaring it the Beetle of the 21st Century, VW is promising to have the tiny EV into small scale production in Europe by 2013. However, the people's automaker isn't convinced such a small car would be accepted in the United States.
Flawed logic or not, Automotive News reports that a somewhat larger version of the E-Up! – about 146 inches long, or some 20 inches longer than the concept VW claimed was its smallest car ever – is being developed for the crucial U.S. market.
The first vehicle using the Up!'s New Small Family architecture is expected to debut in 2011, with the electric version showing up in Europe about two years later. U.S. sales of the slightly larger model will come at some unspecified later date.