The e-up! was the first all-electric VW in the UK. Although the up! first appeared with conventional engines, it was designed to be electric from the start. This means that the battery fits in the floor within the wheelbase benefiting weight distribution, and retaining all of the interior and boot space.
In order to justify the elevated price tag, you can only get an e-up! with five doors and the specification includes everything you could expect on a city car including heated front seats, a heated windscreen, a removable Garmin navigation and information system which includes electric range calculators and a ‘Think Blue’ trainer that gives you real time tips, and electronic climate control.
The comprehensive specification extends to the electric kit which includes rapid DC charge capability (CCS) which is unusual for a City Car, but the power is limited to 40 kW. The big news is that the battery has grown from 18.7 kWh to 32.3 kWh (useable) which has had a dramatic effect on the range. Whereas before the e-Up! struggled to crack 100 miles it can now cover 162 miles on the WLTP test. What hasn’t changed is the 82 bhp motor which produces a very healthy 156 lb.ft of instantaneous torque. This results in good performance particularly in the urban environment.
One of the best features is the ability to choose the level of regenerative braking using what would have been a gear lever. D provides no regen allowing coasting, D1 provides a little whilst 2, 3 and B provide increasing levels which are sufficient to activate the brake lights. This is great as whilst lots of regen extends the range, it can make it difficult to make smooth progress, so giving the driver the option is a welcome addition.
The e-up! is a cleverly designed and thoroughly engineered City Car which retains all of the practicality of the standard model. The new larger battery pack makes it much easier to live and it is slightly cheaper than the previous model too. It remains an expensive City Car but the high specification including CCS rapid charge capability softens the blow a little.
Estimated real world range: 120 – 150 miles
Official range: 162 miles
Official electricity consumption: 145 Wh/km
Battery pack: 36.8 kWh (gross) 32.3 kWh (net) Lithium-ion, 8 year 100,000 mile warranty
Recharge time: 240v charge 16 hours 12 minutes, 7.2 kW charger 5 hours 27 minutes, DC CCS 40 kW rapid charge 60 minutes from 0 – 80%.
Please note that CO2 emissions quoted for electric cars are not directly comparable to diesel and petrol cars. This is because CO2 emissions quoted are calculated by Green Car Guide and include the emissions created at the power station turning fuel (e.g. gas etc) into electricity and in transmitting and distributing the electricity to an end user. They do not include the actual production of the fuel (e.g. gas extraction and refinery emissions). Petrol and diesel emissions are supplied by car manufacturers and are based solely on the fuel burnt in the engine (tailpipe emissions) and do not include the production of the fuel or distribution to a fuel station. In practice this means that electric car emissions are over-estimated relative to petrol and diesel. For instance if an electric car, a petrol car, and a diesel car are all reported to emit 100 g/km CO2, the electric car actually has lower emissions.