Just when we had written it off as another canceled concept, it appears that the Volkswagen E-Up! could be destined for production after all. What's better, two-door small car appears to be headed for the North American market as well.
First revealed at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2009, the E-Up! was originally supposed to be just the first of a three all-electric vehicles Volkswagen was planning to release by 2013. Then came word that VW had shifted its focus toward the e-Golf (an electrified version if its best selling vehicle,) with a test fleet headed for the states by next year.
But Automobile Magazine is reporting today that it has seen Volkswagen's most recent development timeline and that the E-Up!—which is apparently referred to internally as "NSF BEV" for "New Small Family Battery Electric Vehicle"—is still slated for a 2013 release.
Of course, there is no report of any comments from VW—official or unofficial—so for all we know this could be an oversight on the carmaker or Automobile Magazine's part. Then again, Volkswagen never officially killed the project to begin with, so what it essentially adds up to is speculation being refuted by further speculation. Ah, the joys of playing the product release guessing game.