VW e-Up! Owners Get 30 Days of Free ICE Loaners

JAN 8 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 3

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As Auto Express report, buyers of the £19,250 (after the UK’s £5000 ~$8,233 US Plug In Car Grant) will get free use of an ICE loaner for up to 30 days per year for 3 years.

Auto Express says that this loaner program is only currently offered in Germany, which we suspect is so that the VW e-Up! matches the loaner offer that BMW gives with the i3.

We’re all well aware of why automakers offer this sort of freebie, so we won’t go into detail aside from saying that some automakers think that offering an ICE loaner will entice buyers who need to make occasional long journeys that the plug-in vehicle is not capable of easily doing.

VW e-U! in Tokyo

VW e-U! in Tokyo

It’s unclear whether or not VW will expand this free ICE loaner program beyond Germany, but we suspect that the German automaker will follow the leads of other automakers in this regard by offering ICE loaner in the European nations where other automakers do.

The VW e-Up! is one of the shortest range EVs out there, with the automaker saying up to 93 miles, but the real world is figure is more like 60 to 65.

Additional e-Up! specs are as follows:

  • 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

Source: Auto Express

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3 Comments on "VW e-Up! Owners Get 30 Days of Free ICE Loaners"

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I’ve been trying to track down what the battery warranty is in terms of capacity guarantees.
We know it is for 8 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, and of course there are usage exclusions, but the info on the capacity warranty is only available in the owner’s manual which I can’t track down.
Is it to 75% or 80%?
Anyone got any info?

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Good luck to VW, they’ve made an easy competitor for the current outdated i-MiEV/C-Zero/iOn. Though the e-up! (it’s begging to sound like a derogatory slang) has a fast charger, a CCS or SAE combo, it’s worth noting that VW should be aware of a vastly CHAdeMO dominant Europe and a CHAdeMO & 3-phase 43kW Mennekes dominant UK are not the best evnvironments for the e-up. A small capacity (less than 20kWh) EV should be equipped with a Rapid Charger as standard that’s a reliable and compatible one too, and thus Mitsubishi read the writing on the wall and made fast charging standard. Yet what’s really erking me is how is this little VW gained such bursts of popularity in Norway and so on and catching up to the LEAF!

Apart from being a VW and more people walking into VW dealers and discovering the e-up!, but what else? I find it largely impractical to the i-MiEV and so on, my strongest opinions or comparisons in the networks it’s compatible with and the i-MiEV’s unmatched cargo space (seats folded).

They have chosen the charging standard that Europe has agreed on.
It is the iMiEV and Leaf which are out of step, and whose standard is being phased out
Maybe it shouldn’t be, but it is.