VW E-UP! in Tokyo

VW E-UP! in Tokyo

Volkswagen just set UK pricing for the e-Up! and we'd say VW is rather intent on actually selling a decent amount of these electric vehicles judging solely by the fair price the automaker put on it.

e-Up!

e-Up!

Starting at £19,250 ($31,450 US), the e-Up! is, dare we say it, cheap?

Okay, it's not cheap, but there exists few vehicles with which to directly compare the e-Up! to in the UK, so how do we put the e-Up!'s price into perspective?

First, let's clarify that the £19,250 price is after the UK's £5,000 Plug-In Car Grant.  At £19,250, the e-Up! is slightly cheaper than the base £20,990 LEAF in the UK.  Though the vehicles are certainly not competitors.  However, the LEAF beats the e-Up! in almost every category, aside from perhaps ease of parking, so the LEAF would be our choice.

Still, the e-Up!'s low price tag in the UK suggests that VW is at least trying to sell it.

The UK price, for example, is way less than what the e-Up! goes for in Germany.  In Germany, the e-Up! starts at 26,900 euros (~ $37,000 US).

e-Up! specs:

e-Up!

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

The Base e-Up! Comes Equipped Similar to the Gas-Burning High up! in the UK

The Base e-Up! Comes Equipped Similar to the Gas-Burning High up! in the UK

Deliveries of the e-UP1 will get underway in the UK in February.  The e-Up! is currently on sale in Germany and deliveries have already commenced there.

Source: Autocar