Volkswagen e-up! – What Has Changed Since 2010?

AUG 20 2014 BY MARK KANE 14

Volkswagen e-up!

Volkswagen e-up!

Volkswagen e-up! was introduced in Europe in 2013 and now in some coutries like Norway, is selling rather well.

But the original concept was presented in 2009. and in one of the latest Volkswagen presentations we can check out what changed in those four years.

The German carmaker decreased the battery pack size by 21% to 18.7 kWh (we recognize “size” as measured in kWh as capacity however we are not sure as VW is always stating the 18 kWh number), which would indicate that the original was close to the Nissan LEAF’s 24 kWh. Anyways, this helped to reduce the weight by 7% to 1,139 kg (2,511 lbs).

With drag coefficient and rolling-resistance, both were improved by 6%, energy consumption went down by 23%. The range in NEDC stands at 150 km (93 miles).  However, the Nissan LEAF has 200 km on NEDC, so it would be better to assume 100 km range (or 62 miles).

The total material costs fell down by 16%.

With battery capacity set on the low level and all the efficiency optimization done, what could we expect to see in the future? Now, it’s time to use more energy dense batteries and lower priced components…we hope.

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Instead of slashing the battery size, I wish they would offer various battery size options. :-/

Smaller battery and increased range at the same time, the magic of NEDC.

Surely the lower weight, better aero and reduced rolling resistance have nothing to do with it then?

From your previous article:

We can expect an increase from 25-36Ah, from 18.7-26.9kwh, and from 160-230 km range on the NEDC.

Your last article gave a pretty good guide as to what to expect really.

11.7 kWh/100km is pretty impressive that’s equivalent to about a liter of petrol. We live in town and do about 300km a week, if we had a petrol car that did that mileage with a 40 l tank we would need to fill up about 4 times a year. ICE cars just suck.

I currently have 13.3kWh/100km with my ZOE. I am not driving as efficient as I could at all times, the air conditioning is always on automatic and I don’t use the eco mode. So while 11.7 is even better, it’s not exceptional I think.

The Renault Zoe would also sell well in the large US cities like Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta etc.

What real world range do you get from your ZOE?

80 miles in winter and 100+ miles in spring and summer. I also reached the 210 km NEDC cycle once. Weight is also a good ally for regen :-).

Currently about 100 miles, in non-eco mode and with the aircon always on.

The VW E-Up! is a nice city car (where there is a lot of traffic). It’s usefull for people who live in large cities and who stay in their city most of the time.

It would sell well in cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin etc., I think.

Will the VW E-UP! be sold in China and the US in the coming years?

There is no chance of the E-Up going to the US.

Small cars don’t make the manufacturer’s profits there, and VW did not become the most profitable major manufacturer by chance.

A variant of the E-Up, perhaps in a joint venture, is perfectly possible in China.

Every cent has to be saved in low-margin small cars, and manufacturing in China shipping costs are avoided and Brownie points earnt with the Chinese Government who are considering specifying that 30% of all Government vehicles are alternative drive.
That is a vast market, and preference will certainly be given to Chinese produced cars.

On top of that most batteries come from the fer east, so it is easier to built electric cars there.

I think they decreased only the size of the battery not the energy that is stored inside… So basically they decreased volume of the battery!! I think VW went from the start with a small battery, because normal people travel 20 miles/dy (in europe). Jeah sure… ^^

They went with a small battery to hold the cost down.

Even after the £5k subsidy the E-Up is still around £8k more than an equivalent petrol model.

That buys too much petrol to make the electric version truly economic anywhere outside the London Congestion charging zone.

All battery cars are basically a subsidy/perks play at the moment, and cost is the biggest issue, not range.