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 little EV in small scale production in Europe by 2013. Apparently, though, the company isn't convinced such a small car would be accepted here in the United States.
This being the case, Automotive News is reporting that a somewhat larger version of the E-Up! – about 146 inches long, which is 20 inches longer than the concept (which 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.
[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req'd]