Volkswagen E-Up!
  • Volkswagen E-Up!
  • Volkswagen E-Up!

  • Volkswagen E-Up!
  • Volkswagen E-Up!

  • Volkswagen E-Up!
  • Volkswagen E-Up!

  • Volkswagen E-Up!
  • Volkswagen E-Up!

  • Volkswagen E-Up!
  • Volkswagen E-Up!

  • Volkswagen E-Up!
  • Volkswagen E-Up!

  • Volkswagen E-Up!
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They like the Tesla Model S across the Pond, too. The California-made electric vehicle was one of about a dozen models given props by the UK's Next Green Car Awards. And the prizes ran the gamut between conventional, diesel, plug-in and battery-electric powertrains because who doesn't like variety?

That translates to a starting price of about $39,528 US dollars.

Volkswagen has promoted its electric-vehicle chief Joerge Sommer to vice president, product marketing and strategy of Volkswagen of America, hinting that Europe's largest vehicle maker is likely to more aggressively pursue electric-drive vehicle sales within its US operations. Sommer will be in charge of US product pricing, in addition to electromobility and other operations, the company says. He'd previously served as VW's head of group electric mobility.

The distance between Volkswagen's home country of Germany and Austria's Silvretta Electric Car Rally isn't that far, so the German automaker will use the event to promote its upcoming plug-in vehicles. VW will enter both the E-Up! battery-electric and the XL1 plug-in diesel hybrid concept in the rally, which takes place later this month. In 2011, the A1 e-tron, made by VW's Audi division, won the race.

The most recent companywide sustainability report from Volkswagen comes in at a tidy 168 pages. Here's hoping not too many folks took out trees by printing the whole thing out.

Excited as always, the new E-Up! from Volkswagen is making its debut today at the Annual Press and Investors Conference in VW's home town of Wolfsburg, Germany. But wait, you're saying, we first saw the E-Up! at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, so what's this "debut" that VW is talking about?

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