Oh boy! Volkswagen, what are you thinking?

BMW i3 if Far Too Zippy to be Considered an e-Up! Competitor...What is VW Smoking?

BMW i3 if Far Too Zippy to be Considered an e-Up! Competitor...What is VW Smoking?

VW’s head of electric-powertrain technology, Rudolf Krebs, was quoted as saying this at a press conference in Germany:

"We deliberately positioned the electric Up! against the i3.  The time is ripe to introduce electric mobility on a large scale."

(insert  laughter here)

VW says that the e-Up! (you know, that overpriced and underperforming production electric from Volkswagen) will directly compete the technologically advanced BMW i3.

Admittedly, we could hardly believe it when we first encountered Krebs' quote and still the absurdness of VW's remark hasn't worn off.

"The e-Up! will go on sale in October for 26,900 euros ($35,500) in Germany, 23 percent less than the BMW i3," says Bloomberg.

So, the e-Up! and i3 will launch around the same time, but that's all they have in common.

First, the Up! in gas-burning trim is priced from €9,890 in France, which means electric version of the Up! is based on one of the cheapest vehicles around, yet somehow its price soars to €26,900 when electrified.

Meanwhile, the i3 has no conventional vehicle upon which it is based.  It features carbon fiber galore, aluminum and all sorts of high-tech gadgetry that's lacking in the e-Up!

It's of our opinion that you'd have to be clueless to cross-shop the two vehicles, but what do we know.

Here are some specs so that you can decided for yourself if the e-Up! competes (lol) with the i3.

There's Simply No Way the e-Up! Competes With This

There's Simply No Way the e-Up! Competes With This

VW e-Up!:

  • torque of 155 lb-ft (210 Nm)
  • 60 kW / 82 peak horsepower
  • 0-62 mph (0 to 100 km / h) in 12.4 seconds
  • top speed of 80 mph (130 km / h)
  • 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • 4 seats
  • 2,600lbs
  • range 65 to 70 miles
BMW i3:
  • estimated range of “80-100 miles,” although our own calculations peg the EPA rating to come out at around 93 miles
  • 170-hp, 184 lb-ft
  • 0-62 in 7.2 seconds, top speed of 93 mph (all electric version)
  • 19″ tires (155/70/19 low-rolling-resistance tires) with an option for 20 inchers
  • 2,634 pounds
  • 22 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • 4 seats
Hey...lookie there...they're both electric and have 4 seats, therefore they must compete, right?  Or not...

Source: Bloomberg