Volkswagen e-Up! Featured In Fully Charged (Video)

FEB 14 2014 BY MARK KANE 9

Volkswagen e-Up!

Volkswagen e-Up!

The Volkswagen e-Up! is the latest electric car featured in the British Fully Charged series.

Lots of interesting thoughts and a special “e-Up!” “aye -up” pronunciation is included.

“A first drive in the wonderful electric version of the VW UP! It’s the very nicely put together VW e-UP! Also includes some pondering on the ‘Yorkshire connection’ as regards the time honoured phrase ‘aye -up.'”

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9 Comments on "Volkswagen e-Up! Featured In Fully Charged (Video)"

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Yet another ugly EV that reinforces the golf cart image.

Blabla. Up! is very popular in Europe.

He can’t add up whether he is driving or not.
You aren’t going to get the extra £8k back over the equivalent petrol model in 30,000 miles.
Petrol is under £1.30/litre, to be generous, so for £8k you get around 6,100 litres.
At an awful petrol consumption for such a small car of 8 miles/litre that is around 50,000 miles.
Then of course you have the cost of the electricity, and if you are an accountant you would add interest on the extra £8k spent.

You might chose this for a lot of reasons, but saving money is not one of them – not if you can add up.

Does that include the incentive?

Yep.
£5,000 point of sale, no waiting or tax qualification.

He never showed the instrument panel.

They flashed it at about :30 into it. Three big analogue style dials with a tiny monochrome screen in the bottom of the center dial. Absolutely boring.

It is one I would consider buying. It could look a lot better.
Though instead of a smaller battery to go as far as the Leaf, why not have the
same size battery make you go farther. Also the DC fast charge is a point in it’s favor.

I don’t think it looks any worse then the Smart car or MiEV. VW and all OEM’s should save money by converting existing models to electric instead of insisting on designing new platforms. Use a modified floor pan if needed to accommodate the pack. It’s really not that big of a deal to fit a pack into any vehicle. The motor is almost a direct swap.

Is the Leaf and MiEV really needed when each offer multiple existing vehicles already that would all make fine EV’s?