Vital Stats

Engine:
374-Volt, 18.7-kWh Battery
Power:
82 HP / 155 LB-FT
Transmission:
Single-Speed Auto
0-60 Time:
12.4 Seconds
Top Speed:
81 MPH
Drivetrain:
Front-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
2,506 LBS
Seating:
3+1
Cargo:
8.8 CU FT
MPG:
150-km Range (est.)
Base Price:
26,900 euros
Volkswagen sets targets that are entertainingly confident, its stated goal for electric mobility being "market leadership by 2018." The tiny e-Up! is the first round out of the electric cannon, one of 14 EV and hybrid models the company will put on the menu this year as it spreads the electric gospel throughout its range.

Driving Notes
  • A 506-pound lithium-ion battery housed under the floor between the axles has an 18.7 kilowatt-hour capacity, juicing an electric motor that provides 54 continuous horsepower and 82 peak hp alongside 155 foot-pounds of torque. That gets the 2,506-pound hatch from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 12.4 seconds, beating the quickest conventional Up! by nearly a second. Its top speed is 81 mph, and when you're not on acceleration runs, it has a range of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles).
  • You can tell it apart from the standard Up! by the curved LED daytime running lamps in the lower front fascia, the model-specific 15-inch alloys, blue highlights on the emblems and the e-Up! logo on the hatch. Inside are light gray seat covers with blue stitching, and it's been stuffed with a bunch of options including a navigation system with e-specific software that includes features like range calculation.
  • Two buttons in the cockpit are also giveaways: one marked "Eco" and "Eco+," the other with a picture of a plug. The plug button is used to tell the car to charge immediately. VW knows that some customers will prefer charging their car at night because that's when some energy suppliers in Europe offer heavy discounts for using electricity. Since charging can also be set using a smartphone, most people will just plug in the car and control things later from their touch screen.
  • The Eco button is one of two different systems that provide eight options in frugality and extended range. The first is the three driving modes, Standard, Eco and Eco+. Eco mode caps maximum power at 67 hp and pull-away torque at 123 lb-ft, retards accelerator response, curbs air conditioning output and reduces top speed to 115 km/h (71 mph). Eco+ reduces max power to 54 hp and pull-away torque to 98 lb-ft, cuts back further on throttle response and shuts down the AC entirely. The top speed in Eco+ is 90 km/h (56 mph).
  • The second system is regenerative braking with optional D1, D2 and D3 modes chosen by tapping the gear lever to the left or right, on top of regular Drive, in which regeneration happens only through rolling resistance. There's also B mode, accessed by pulling the gear lever back. Its regenerative action is strong enough to be used instead of the brake pedal under most circumstances. Each of the optional regen modes will activate the brake lights when in use.
  • There's a dual-mode charge port called Combined Charging System (CCS) behind the filler flap that supports AC and DC charging. Plugged into a standard 2.3-kW European wall socket, a flat battery pack will be topped up in nine hours. Get VW's 3.6-kW charging box and that wait drops to six hours. Hook up to a public charging station with a DC supply of up to 40 kW, and a flat battery will be 80-percent juiced up in 30 minutes. Owners can keep tabs on the state of charge with the VW's Car-Net e-Remote app, which costs 101 euros – $133 USD – for 12 months.
  • We scooted around VW's Wolfsburg home turf in one and found it a terrific little city car, a zippy arrow that adds yet more weight to the case for electric city cars. The Up! is already the best-selling supermini in Europe, and if you're not a long-haul commuter, the e-Up! and its more powerful, quicker and silent powertrain improves it.
  • About the price, though. VW CEO Martin Winterkorn said, "To be a resounding success such an electric car must be affordable to a broad customer base as well as uncompromisingly practical in everyday driving." The e-Up! is practical, but its "broad customer base" will be those ready to lavish 26,900 euros on it – that's $35,500, more or less. Before options. Which could make for a rather narrow customer base. Like-for-like, it's around 12,000 euros (nearly $16,000) more than a conventional Up! – that's about $1,200 more than a Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Said another way, if you filled the tank of your gasoline Up! every week in Germany, it would take five years to claw back the difference.
We totally dig the e-Up! and we understand why it exists, but we look forward to the day when such offerings make better financial sense, too.


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      Aaron
      • 3 Months Ago

      Hmmm... nearly identical stats to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV in passenger space, acceleration, and top speed. CCS instead of CHAdeMO ruins it for me though. No CCS chargers in my state. I like having rear-wheel drive in my i-MiEV too.

      SABGla
      • 3 Months Ago

      $133 per year for the app seems a bit steep. 

      L1011
      • 3 Months Ago

      0-60 in 12 someodd seconds. Well, at least they called it the E-Up! instead of the F-Up!

      roar
      • 3 Months Ago

      Since it will never be sold in the U.S. no one in this country will need to worry about how much it costs or it's performance compared to other vehicles.

      Larry Litmanen
      • 3 Months Ago

      I was reading vital stats for this car and for a second thought this car came with 374 HP.

      GoodCheer
      • 3 Months Ago

      I feel like we should have learned something by now about starting EVs at the bottom of the market vs. somewhere higher up.

        DarylMc
        • 3 Months Ago
        @GoodCheer

        Perhaps

        But since Tesla has done such a good job of the high end market it can't hurt to try.

        The benefits of the E-UP compared to it's gas equivalent are quite compelling for city use even if the list price is not.

      PeterScott
      • 3 Months Ago


      0-60 in 12.4 seconds. The GM Spark EV does 0-60 in 7.5 seconds. One is nice and peppy, the other is SLOW. Like 1980's slow.

      How about not making EVs suck. That will help them sell.

      I know the Spark is a compliance car. Just looking for something in a similar subcompact class.  

        Craig Ewing
        • 3 Months Ago
        @PeterScott

        I have a 2014 Spark EV and it's a very good driver:  Quick and planted on the road.  Other than the somewhat goofy looks, the car is a winner and would blow by this VW in no time.

          thecommentator2013
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Craig Ewing

          It's not any more goofy looking than a VW Up (or e-Up). How else can you style a car that size and class? It's what you get from any brand. Just, the Spark EV is so much better.

          DarylMc
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Craig Ewing

          The 0-30 mph times are quite good on both.

          A quick search shows Spark at 3.2 and E-UP at 4.9 seconds.

          I doubt the E-UP will ever be released in the USA.

        DaveMart
        • 3 Months Ago
        @PeterScott

        Have a drive  in European cities.

        Around here it is mostly 20 mph, with some roads up to a heady 30 mph.

        Just how fast do you want to hit that sort of speed?

        The car is not being released in the US anyway, and good torque from electric means that it will do the job that it was designed for, getting around in European cities, perfectly.

        That is good engineering.




          LuvGermanCars
          • 3 Months Ago
          @DaveMart

          Well said! 

          DarylMc
          • 3 Months Ago
          @DaveMart

          Hi DaveMart

          There is a few on Autotrader near new for £13,990.


      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Months Ago

      Nice car for the urban run.

      A Common Loon
      • 3 Months Ago

      "Driving notes" are supposed to be notes about driving the car, not a list of the car's specifications. I counted two sentences, total, that included actual subjective information about how the car drives. A poor effort.

      kontroll
      • 3 Months Ago

      with such vital stats:

      Power:
      82 HP / 155 LB-FT
      Transmission:
      Single-Speed Auto
      0-60 Time:
      12.4 Seconds
      Top Speed:
      81 MPH
      Drivetrain:
      Front-Wheel Drive
      Curb Weight:
      2,506 LBS
      Seating:
      3+1
      Cargo:
      8.8 CU FT
      MPG:
      150-km Range (est.)
      Base Price:
      26,900 euros 
      this thang should be called VW   f-Up
      Spec
      • 3 Months Ago

      "Said another way, if you filled the tank of your gasoline Up! every week in Germany, it would take five years to claw back the difference."


      Assume gas prices remain constant.  But gas prices are going to go up much faster than electricity prices.

      Suzq044
      • 3 Months Ago

      I pronounce this the VW "yup" ... lol 

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