Focus Magazine Reviews Volkswagen e-Up! – Video


“This year, the Formula E championships will see battery-powered cars tear their way around some of the world’s biggest cities. With the series well under way, Focus decided to see what the current crop of electric cars can do for day-to-day motorists. Next up: the Volkswagen e-up!”

Volkswagen e-Up!

Volkswagen e-Up!

States the video description.

If you live in Europe and are looking for an affordable city electric vehicle, then perhaps the Volkswagen e-Up! is for you. (No sales pitch intended)

Focus Magazine reviews the e-Up! and as mentioned, it’s appearance is basically the same as the gas version. The only notable differences on the outside would be the aero-like wheels and the charge port..

Here are a few specs on the e-Up!:

  • 81 hp.
  • 155 lb ft
  • 18.7kWh lithium ion battery pack.
  • Claimed range of up to 93 miles (rated at 160 km/99 miles on NEDC-which translate to about 65 on the US-EPA scale).
  • Full recharge in 6 hours.
  • Optional CCS fast charger.
  • Top speed of 81 mph.
  • 0 to 62 in 12.4 seconds.
  • Warranty on battery pack is eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Unfortunately, the e-Up! is not available in America and likely will never be offered here.

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17 Comments on "Focus Magazine Reviews Volkswagen e-Up! – Video"

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

12+ sec 0-60? That’s reason enough to not try and sell in the US. What an embarrassment!

You are confused.
It is a small city car, not a Go-Kart.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Smaller than a Spark EV?

18kWh battery should allow for 100kW motor _easy_. No excuse other than segmentation and “we have to make EVs look bad so we’ll build crap ones and complain about mandates” corpthink.

Not everyone is on some kind of boy racer pedal to the metal kick.
It is fine for city driving, which is mainly what it is about.
They are trying to keep costs down on BEVs by limited discharge speed, which is kinder to the battery and means that they don’t need sophisticated thermal cooling.

A lot of the BEVs out there are compliance cars, so that they are engineered for low volume loss leaders.
The Fiat 500EV springs to mind.
This is a serious attempt at a small BEV car, and it is still way over the price of a small petrol car.

It is difficult to do them economically with present battery technology.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

e-Up costs roughly the same as a Spark EV, has exterior dimensions within inches of the Spark EV, and has 1/3 more cargo room.

Frankly, I’d much rather have the performance and peace of mind of having a battery management system with liquid cooling/heating. But since VW isn’t likely to try and federalize the e-Up anytime soon, it really doesn’t matter.

Still, Spark EV is superior in most ways, and really shows VW up compared to GM. VW’s electrification efforts to date so far have been pretty much a joke, at least where production vehicles are concerned. BMW is doing pretty well, Mercedes has shown they _can_ do better (SLS AMG Electric), VW is just sad.

Judging by the intended volumes of the Spark, it was a loss leader just like lots of other BEVs out there.

The E-Up like the E-Gold is intended to be an economic proposition, and they are prepared to turn them out in any volume required.

Producing an economic small BEV is tough indeed, as shown by the iMiEV, and Mitsubishi’s change of emphasis to bigger PHEVs.

VW don’t care, they are rapidly moving into the position to turn out whatever is wanted, PHEV and BEV in all sizes, but they don’t do loss leaders save in very low volume semi prototypes etc.

Doctor, do you have any idea how many cinquecentos were sold? An ICE that -could do- 120km/h downhile with tailwind.
0-60 is utterly meaningless to a non-highway vehicle. Where in the -City- would you like to explore its 60MPH acceleration ability?
Many families all over Europe don’t read car rags, and will definitely appreciate the economy of a Not High Line, Not Luxurious auto.

jus’ sayin’

Meh. That is not much worse than a Prius. I’m sure it could do better but they cripple it to conserve battery.

All these EVs should have multiple drive modes. If I accept a much shorter range, I should be able to flip into a ‘sport’ mode. If for no other reason than to impress people at stoplights when I’m a few blocks from home.

A slow car with short range and poor acceleration. It better at least be cheap.

I think I’d rather have an iMiev, though.

It looks better than the iMiEV and it does have a bigger battery . . . but both cars are pretty low end.

I’m starting to think they were right not to bring it to the USA . . . it would have flopped here. Make the battery a little bigger and sell for a low cost, that *might* have worked. But it probably would have been unprofitable.

18.7kWh . . . Hmm. Kinda small. But perhaps this can supplement the iMiEV in the low price segment. It certainly looks much better than than the iMiEV.

Maybe a better methodology is to say what you want and not what is wrong with current offerings.
To my way of thinking 200 mi range, 0-60 in under 9 seconds, quick charging, etc…
Of course, that does not exist yet. Hopefully it soon will.

Is the constraint on the battery pack/range the price of the battery or the space available in the car in which to pack the batteries? Because I would love to see a normal car that looks something like this with much larger range.

I am really excited for when customers have the option to pick multiple battery sizes for the same car. It will help us better evaluate how much customers are really willing and able to pay for increased battery sizes.

For instance, everybody knows that I am Eagerly anticipating the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. But the 25 mile range disappoints me. I would for sure pay $5000 more to get the same car with a 70 mile range for instance.

Likewise, I would pay an extra $5000 for this Volkswagen if it had 125 to 150 mile range.

BMW has already shown us that people are willing to pay approximately $4000 – $5000 for a range extender. Let’s do the same for batteries!

agreed, but also anticipate a BYD with a lease rate of $75 per month for the version with the PiP battery pack, helping the EV naysayers in their hate campaign (“yeah, but like ALL EV’s it only goes 11 miles per charge!”).
Minimums Must be Enforced, LOL.
and No One is anticipating BYD selling Internet-Direct either, fwiw.

(apologies to BYD for any internet-genius-reference that could conclude my generic-use of their company name could mean that I am disparaging Their company specifically in Any way)

Not enough people will pay even more than the already hefty premium for going electric to make more range viable at the moment.
So VW plan to increase range as they up to amperage of their batteries whilst presumably holding costs.

(pg 18)

So specifically for the E-Up they intend to increase the battery capacity from 18.7 kwh to 26.9kwhh in the same package.

They intend to do this by around 2017.

By 2018 they hope that they will be selling 100,000 electric vehicles per year.

So patience, Grasshopper!

High hope for them -and- the EV industry, but as you noted elsewhere, those kinds of numbers (FiFty percent???) do Not seem to be bearing out, based upon 2010 to 2015.

Slow and expensive. I think it’s reasonable to say they should have done better. Happy to have another car on the market though.