Volkswagen e-Up (2014–)
- January 2014: Volkswagen e-Up goes on sale in the UK
- November 2018: UK price of e-Up reduced to under £20,000 after Government plug-in grant
- September 2019: Revised European pricing for e-Up announced
Volkswagen e-Up goes on sale in the UK
While the standard Up is equipped with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing either 60 or 75 PS, the e-Up has a compact AC electric motor which produces 60 kW / 82 PS and 210 Nm of torque. This is linked to the front wheels via a single-speed gearbox. Power comes from a lithium-ion battery pack which consists of 204 cells, together rated at 374 volts and 18.7 kWh. This weighs 230 kg and contributes to the e-up!’s overall weight of 1,139 kg (compared to 929-940 kg for the standard car).
The e-Up is available with five doors only and comes in just one trim level, based on the top-of-the-range High Up. As such it features Volkswagen’s ‘Maps & More’ mobile Personal Infotainment Device, but with added functionality including a range display, pre-programming feature to warm the car before use and Car-Net On-line Services designed specifically for electric cars. Extra features on the e-Up also include an electronic climate control system, DAB digital radio and heated front windscreen.
Depending on driving style, charge level and ambient conditions, the e-Up has a range of up to 100 miles. Research by Volkswagen AG shows that 57 per cent of potential electric car users across Europe drive no more than 18.5 miles a day. Twenty per cent travel up to 31 miles, while 13 per cent travel up to 62 miles.
The e-Up accelerates to 37 mph in 4.9 seconds and to 62 mph in 12.4 seconds. In a further 10.5 seconds it accelerates from 49 to 74 mph. By way of comparison, the most powerful petrol-powered Up with 75 PS covers 0 to 62 mph in 13.2 seconds.
Every e-Up sold in the UK comes with two charging leads for different power sources, and there are three ways to recharge the e-up!’s battery.
► Mains socket. The Volkswagen is equipped as standard with a mains charging cable, which is plugged into a conventional domestic alternating current (AC) socket. In this way the battery can be recharged completely, from flat, within around nine hours.
► Wallbox. Available free from Volkswagen’s partner, British Gas in the UK, as an optional extra for the garage or car port is a wallbox, which charges the battery at a power level of 3.6 kW (rather than the lower level of 2.3 kW via a mains socket). Charged in this way the battery would be 100 per cent recharged after six hours from flat.
► Alternating current charging stations. As via a wallbox, there are also public charging stations that ‘refuel’ batteries at a power level of 3.6 kW. This is done using an optional cable for AC charging stations.
► Combined Charging System (CCS) charging stations. All e-Up models sold in the UK come as standard with the option for charging via a DC power supply. The car has a CCS socket as the interface on the car (on the right in the area of the original fuel cap). In this case the battery gets recharged via CCS charging stations at a power level of up to 40 kW. Using this option the battery is back to a charge level of 80 per cent after just 30 minutes.
Recharging the battery is easy. Drivers simply switch off the motor, connect the charging socket on the vehicle to a normal mains socket, a wallbox or a charging station via the cable and the charging process starts automatically.
Unlocking the e-Up via the central locking remote control terminates the charging process. Only then can the charging cable be pulled out. An LED to the side of the charging socket indicates the status of the charging process, which is also sent via the Car-Net app to the user’s smartphone.
UK price of e-Up reduced to under £20,000 after Government plug-in grant
The new UK price for the e-Up is £23,115 RRP OTR1 or £19,615 RRP OTR including the Government Plug-In Car Grant – a saving of £2,935 over the car’s previous list price, and an overall saving of £3,250 with the additional equipment factored in.
The e-Up now has more standard-fit equipment including height adjustment for the driver’s seat. A rear-view camera is also built-in while a stylish new seat trim design provides extra flair.
As before, the e-up! uses a 374 volt, 18.7 kWh battery pack to give a WLTP-rated range of 83 miles, and consumption of just 11.7 kWh/62 miles combined. A full charge takes nine hours from a standard three-pin plug, or six hours from a 3.6 kWh wall box. A rapid charge point can provide 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes.
Revised European pricing for e-Up announced
At €21,975 (minus all subsidies: €17,595) the base price is lower than previously. There is also a lease offer in Germany at a monthly rate of only €159 excluding extra payments between 18 September and 31 October 2019. The e-UP now has increased range up to 260km thanks to higher capacity batteries up from 18.7 kWh to 32.3 kWh. This has increased range to 260km. Battery charging times are also short: it takes only 60 minutes to charge the battery to 80 per cent of its capacity with DC (direct current) charging at 40 kW. The charging process can be scheduled in advance, initiated or stopped via smartphone using the standard “maps + more” app. The app can also be used to operate the standard stationary air conditioning system in the e-UP.