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German car maker Volkswagen is to accelerate development of its two-seat electric city car, it has been claimed. Volkswagen up! VW's up!: low-cabon ICE first, 'leccy later Based on a modified version of the VW up! chassis, the new micro-car is tipped to be called the Chico and will initially feature a selection of high- …

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140mpg!

All I can say is WOW! let's save the planet, I want mine now! Just gotta persuade all those Americans, mind you, with their roads, they could double the capacity ;)

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Going no where :-S

I've still not figured out how i'm going to get an extension lead half way round the block to plug the thing in.

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Wheels

Why is it that designers always feel the need to give electric or other 'eco' cars such crappy looking wheels?

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Not Convinced it'll come out for £6K but

I quite like it!

Makes the smart car look very dated and uneconomical and the Polo Bluemotion look incredibly overpriced!

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Smart Move

Yeah, I bet VW want a slice of the huge profits Merc makes with their Smart operation.

Oh, hang on ...

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Last two pictures?

God that's ugly, must be the Cock Up!

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re: Wheels

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Looks like a sequence of Daihatsu/Toyota rip-offs to me (Aygo, Materia, etc) and they actually do not look that bad in real life. They do not drive bad either.

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'Chico' eh? I think I'l wait for Harpo and Groucho (definitely not Zeppo though)

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The Wheels...

Contain the direct drive motors, used for drive and breaking.

this means no transmission losses and upto 4 per car!

Serach for the 'PML QED Mini' now known as Hi-Pa drive.

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The wheels do not contain the direct drive motors.

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RE: Not Convinced it'll come out for £6K but

Considering that VW has built the Citi Chico (a low-cost Golf I derivative) and later successors in Africa for the last 15+ years and the basic model goes for around the 6K price (converted), it is not too far-fetched. :-)

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Strange creature?!

What IS that thing driving the car in the 2nd pic on the first page?

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@AC

you may be right AC (and I hope you are!) - but whenever I've heard these claims there's always a few more £K on there by the time they reach the UK market :-)

That said, I'd still be tempted . . .

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Direct drive motors in wheels.

If you put the motors there then you have more unsprung mass.

For those who don't know the consequences, Google "unsprung mass".

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