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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?

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The power of ions has overcome two models in the Volkswagen range, the resulting e-Golf and e-Up slated for world premieres at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The e-Up uses a 60-kW motor producing 155 pound-feet of torque, gets from 0-to-62 miles per hour in 12.4 seconds an on to a top speed of 81 mph. It's 18.7 kWh battery will get it a range of 100 miles, and VW figures that its ability to go 100 kilometers with 11.7 kWh of electricity will cost just three euros and two cents at current rates.

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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.

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Volkswagen Up! spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen Up! spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

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We'd already heard that we wouldn't be getting the conventionally-powered version of Volkswagen's city car, the Up! Now we hear, per Autocar, that it won't be called the Up!, it will be called Lupo. The Lupo, a nameplate known throughout Europe until it ceased production in 2005, was VW's small, sub-Polo offering. In its new incarnation, the Lupo will replace the Fox, currently the smallest VW sold.

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Volkswagen E-Up! Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen E-Up! Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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On May 1 in Berlin, Germany transport minister Dr. Peter Ramsauer went for a drive in the first Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion with VW board member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. The new battery-powered Golf is the first of a fleet of 500 that will be deployed starting next year in customer trials in Germany.

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Today in Berlin, Volkswagen unveiled the first of 500 electric drive Golfs produced for a consumer test that starts next year. The battery powered Golf was shown at the launch of the National Platform for Electric Mobility, a public-private partnership to promote electric vehicles in Germany.

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Volkswagen e-up! concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen e-up! concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen E-Up! Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

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