Volkswagen is poised to sign off an 80mph, battery-powered version of its new city car.
3 February 2012

Volkswagen is poised to sign off an 80mph, battery-powered version of its new city car. Called e-Up, it has a range of over 90 miles in temperate conditions and should appear in UK showrooms within a year.

Its development is virtually complete and production prototypes are currently undergoing specially devised electric car safety and crash tests, including an evil-sounding nail penetration test.

In place of the normal models’ three-cylinder petrol engine, the e-Up has an 80bhp electric motor directly geared to the front wheels. It develops 148lb ft of torque from standstill, which makes performance below 50mph extremely brisk. Its 0-62mph acceleration is said to be “below 14sec” and the car is electronically limited at 80mph. A full recharge takes around eight hours using household equipment, but the car also has an industry-standard fast-charging socket.

The e-Up’s power is provided by an 18.7kWh lithium ion battery bank that weighs around 250kg. It is located longitudinally below the cabin floor and is designed to still be delivering 80 per cent of its original power after a 10-year life. The e-Up weighs around 200kg more than the standard models, but its interior and boot space are identical.

VW bosses “see no reason” why the electric version of the Volkswagen Up should not come to the UK as early as it hits Germany, but they would not be drawn on pricing or whether owners will be asked, Renault style, to lease their batteries.

Setting the price is “extremely political”, one insider told Autocar. The company does not want any Up version to be expensive but, at the same time, is reluctant to produce a loss-maker.

Volkswagen has recently announced a five-door version of the Up, and the sporty Up GT.

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3 February 2012

I can't believe it's called the e-Up. That has made my day.

It should sell well in Yorkshire! (...sorry, I had to.)

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3 February 2012

[quote motorcyclemptiness]I can't believe it's called the e-Up. That has made my day.

It should sell well in Yorkshire! (...sorry, I had to.)[/quote]

dammit you beat me to it!

3 February 2012

No, hybrid Golf just killed the electric car!

3 February 2012

[quote motorcyclemptiness]It should sell well in Yorkshire! (...sorry, I had to.)[/quote] I came on to say exactly the same - you beat me to it ! I'd thought maybe VW would only sell it north of Watford Gap. I can't believe that they didn't know the connotations of calling it the e-UP, someone from the UK distributor must have told them. Mind you, calling it the UP really makes you wonder if the Germans do have a sense of humour after all !

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3 February 2012

[quote ordinary bloke]Mind you, calling it the UP really makes you wonder if the Germans do have a sense of humour after all ![/quote]

We've all heard the joke about the Germans putting their beach towels on the poolside recliners to stake their claim. In the 90's Siemens held a press conference with journalists invited from all over the world. Upon entering the hall the journalists were confronted with all the chairs having a Siemens logo'd towel upon them.

3 February 2012

Well, they could have called it the watts-UP!

4 February 2012

There are too many ifs and buts for this to be a real step forward.

4 February 2012

[quote Adrian987]Well, they could have called it the watts-UP![/quote]

Ha, I like that! :-D

5 February 2012

They are also launching an eco friendly version with 1 horse power that runs on oats, they are calling it the "Giddy Up"


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