England starts to taste more and more the electric vehicles, and Volkswagen wants to benefit from this. So is launching an updated version of the current e-Up to improve the sales and attract new clients.
With its 82 hp electric motor the e-up! boasts a peak torque figure of 210 Nm, equating to a brisk 0-62 mph time of 12.4 seconds and it will keep on going to 80 mph. The car boasts a maximum range of around 93 miles between charges.
This e-up!’s power derives from a lithium-ion battery pack located within the car’s floor and consisting of 204 cells, together rated at 374 volts and 18.7 kWh. The motor is mated to a single-speed gearbox.
The necessary variety of charging cables includes a fast charge connection which allows for up to 80 per cent of the battery’s capacity to be replenished in just 30 minutes. Meanwhile, a full charge from a standard household plug takes nine hours. Customers can purchase an optional wall box for home garage use, which provides a 3.6 kW supply and can recharge a battery in six hours.
The interior of the new e-up! features a leather-trimmed steering wheel, while chrome-trimmed interior door handles, air vent surrounds and instruments add a finishing flourish.
Like the new up! it features a smartphone docking station which enables the driver’s phone to be turned into the car’s infotainment system. Simply click the smartphone into the ‘Maps + More’ docking system on the centre console to unlock a host of features via the Volkswagen app.
The smartphone can be used to select and play music, or as a navigation system. It can even display key data from the e-up!’s systems and tips from the Volkswagen Think Blue. Trainer – which coaches a driver in efficient driving techniques.
The new e-up! is priced at £20,780 including the Government Plug-in Car Grant of £4,500. Deliveries are expected to begin in October and the e-up! comes with a standard three-year warranty. The vehicle’s battery comes with an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty, while the standard service interval is 20,000 miles or two years.