This is not an actual comparison per say, but we found this silent video mash up to be rather interesting.

Both the BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Up! are on sale now in Europe.

So, why not explore how they compare?  Especially since VW’s head of electric-powertrain technology, Rudolf Krebs said this not so long ago about the two cars:

“We deliberately positioned the electric Up! against the i3.  The time is ripe to introduce electric mobility on a large scale.”  (full story here)

The e-Up! is way cheaper than the i3, though the price comparison depends on which country we're focusing on.  For example, in Germany, the e-Up! has an MSRP of €26,900 (US36,480) , versus the i3's MSRP of €34,950 (US$46,400).

But again we stress that this video isn't a comparison video.  Rather, it's a look at both the e-Up! and i3 in a way that shows the similarities that exist with these two EVs.

Here are the VW e-Up! specs:

  • 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

i3

i3

And now for the BMW i3 specs:

i3 Specs

i3 Specs