Volkswagen e-up! to cost 2.5 times more than the standard model

Volkswagen e-up!
Volkswagen e-up!

Starts at 26,900 euros

The Volkswagen up! was designed to be an affordable and fuel-efficient city vehicle but something has been lost in the conversion to an electric vehicle.

Set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the e-up! will cost a pretty penny as Volkswagen has confirmed it was start at €26,900 ($34,525 / £23,150) with a battery. For comparison, the larger Nissan Leaf starts at €23,790 ($30,520 / £20,515) with a leased battery or €29,690 ($38,105 / £25,605) with a purchased battery.

The hefty price tag rewards owners with an electric powertrain that develops a peak output of 82 HP (60 kW) and 210 Nm (155 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the hatchback to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 12.4 seconds, hit a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) and travel up to 160 km (99 miles) on a single charge. More importantly, the e-up! has zero CO2 emissions and only costs about €3 ($4 / £2) to travel 100 kilometers (62 miles).

The e-up! will be competing in the Silvretta E-Car Rally and additional information will be released at the Frankfurt Motor Show.


Source: Volkswagen

XL1 and e-up! electrify the Silvretta E-Car Rally

  • Volkswagen proves everyday motoring credentials of XL1 and e-up! even in Alpine terrain
  • e-up! – Volkswagen’s first fully electric mass production car – to launch this year
  • Electric family car with energy costs under €3 per 100 kilometres
  • Entry-level e-up! price in Germany from €26,900

Gargellen (Austria)/ Wolfsburg, 05 July 2013 - Volkswagen will be lining up at the start of this year’s Silvretta E-Car Rally with two innovative vehicles: one is the XL1, the most efficient production car in the world, which is equipped with a plug-in diesel hybrid engine. The other is the e-up!, the first electric vehicle from Volkswagen to be produced in high volume. Volkswagen is showing in this way that these alternative drive systems are capable of excellent performance on Alpine roads as well.

The new e-up! is taking part in the Silvretta E-Car Rally in the Austrian Montafon region for the first time. With its Alpine route profile, the rally is both a test of reliability and highly demanding, as the challenge is to recover large amounts of the power used on the long uphill climbs through battery regeneration on the subsequent downhill sections.

With a totally electric drive system the e-up! provides an entry point to a new pioneering Volkswagen vehicle concept and with four seats guarantees scope for full utilisation. It is a car for everyday use, with impressively high torque of 210 Nm. Practically silent and with no loss of traction during gearshifts, the e-up! is powered by an electric motor that delivers a maximum output of 60 kW / 82 PS. It thus accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.4 seconds and achieves a top speed of 130 km/h. With its 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery it has a reach according to NEDC of up to 160 kilometres. This means impressively low energy costs of less than €3 per 100 kilometres.

The e-up! can be charged with 2.3 kW plugged into any standard 230V socket, with 3.6 kW via a home-installed wall box or with up to 40 kW plugged into a DC fast-charging station via the optional CSS (combined charging system). In the latter case, the battery is 80 per cent charged in under 30 minutes. The power connection point for charging the battery is concealed as usual under the fuel cap. In the ideal scenario the e-up! will be charged using electricity from regenerative sources and will then be running 100% CO2 neutral.

The e-up! differentiates itself from the basic up! model through a high-quality, aerodynamically optimised design.
One striking identifying feature externally is the curved arrangement of the LED daytime running lights in the bumper. The front section, sills and underbody have also been aerodynamically enhanced. Burnished 15-inch alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres, Volkswagen emblems on a blue background and e-up! lettering on the hatch and the front doors make the fully electric four-seater instantly unmistakable.

Only a premium level of trim is being offered for the e-up! In addition to the high up! specification it includes ‘maps+more’ navigation, Climatronic climate control and multi-function display, heated windscreen, heated seats and tinted rear windows.
The mobile online ‘Car Net’ services, which can be controlled via smartphone, appear in the e-up! for the first time in the New Small Family and also form part of the car’s standard specification.

The interior is characterised by light grey seat covers with blue fell seams, a design specific to the e-up! The purposeful use of leather and chrome trim conveys a purist overall impression – in keeping with a fully-fledged, urbane electric car’s vehicle concept.

The entry-level price of the e-up! in Germany as an already well-equipped base model inclusive of battery is €26,900. This autumn at the IAA (International Motor Show) in Frankfurt, Volkswagen will announce further details on how the vehicle is to be marketed, including, for example, leasing and flexible car hire packages

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mechamynd mechamynd
the problem with the electric cars, you may not service the car after 5 or ten years. dead battery will cost equvalent price of the car. You may lease the battery, but you have to pay for it. Regenerative braking for harvesting energy is good idea. But i will stick with the simple mechanic ICs for a while.
Jul 8th, 2013 12:22pm
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Carney3 Carney3
Electric car batteries, if purchased, are warranted for several years, equal to or greater than the typical length of ownership. Even after that, they retain 70-90% of their charge capacity. As for simplicity", electrics actually have fewer moving parts than ICEs and are thus more reliable.
Jul 10th, 2013 3:52pm
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Microice Microice
its good that manufacturers are making these cars but at the price and inconvenience of the charge time vs range, a small diesel is a far better option. Maybe after 10 years electric cars will better compete.
Jul 6th, 2013 10:51am
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Carney3 Carney3
Charging time isn't so inconvenient. You plug the car in and walk away, takes 30 seconds. It charges up overnight while you sleep, or during the day while you are at work, and is ready for the next day's driving in the morning, or at the end of the day to take you home. With an ordinary car you have to stand there the whole time it is replenishing its energy - pretty boring. Five minutes multiplied many times out adds up - and also take into account heat, cold, rain, and smelly hands. Diesel is no alternative - it's also derived from oil, which not only wrecks the environment but also crashes the economy and funds terrorism.
Jul 10th, 2013 3:50pm
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Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
I'm surprised it is so expensive, the architecture was built with electricity in mind so I would have figured it'd be at least cheaper than the Leaf
Jul 6th, 2013 6:48am
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hunker7 hunker7
Atleast it looks better then BMW i3
Jul 6th, 2013 2:27am
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CDspeed CDspeed
It may cost more but being electric it will have a different set of competitors as well. The Nissan Leaf costs less but some people may prefer the e-Up! over the Leaf.
Jul 6th, 2013 1:45am
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DBaskov DBaskov
Leaf only costs less if the battery is leased.
Jul 7th, 2013 12:22pm
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NelisvanWieren NelisvanWieren
See this is my problem with electric cars. They are supposidly cheaper to run , but have rubbish mileages. They cost more than petrol or diesel or even hybrids, but you should feel beter because the the tasmanial butterfly is saved. I mean you buy this (Cant imagine why) because you want to save money but whats the point of buying an electric car thats more expensive that a petrol car?!
Jul 6th, 2013 1:40am
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CDspeed CDspeed
New technology is always more expensive when it first debuts, like LCD TVs the first one I ever saw was $23,995. now the same TVs cost less then $1,000. and are far more advanced. Electric cars will do the same.
Jul 6th, 2013 1:50am
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jwcf jwcf
how could chu say that? assume you haven't even driven one! Firstly, have you seen any cheap new high-tech like "electric vehicle", even iPad as an old tech costs a lot. Secondly, you charge it, on average will cost around £2/km and that vacillates with your use, and tho it costs a lot but just once, and totally cheaper to run for life! duh...
Jul 6th, 2013 6:27pm
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Carney3 Carney3
The lower up-front price of ordinary cars is a trap. You end up paying thousands more for the energy to run the car. You have to think beyond the first day of ownership and look at the total cost of ownership over, say, 5 years or more. Electrics, having fewer moving parts, are also less likely to break down, saving you money there, and never need regular oil changes. You sneer at the environment as a motivation, but the facts tell us that global warming is a huge, un-necessary, self-imposed disaster. Electric cars are a major way we can avoid or minimize the damage. And it's not just greenhouse gas pollution, conventional pollution is an issue too. Air pollution kills huge numbers of people a year, more than a million according to the UN World Health Organization. But it's not just about the environment either. Being locked into oil for transportation handcuffs us to the oil cartel OPEC that controls the oil market and world oil prices. OPEC can set prices by cutting or increasing production, and usually keeps prices artificially high in a massive "tax" on the rest of the world. They got too greedy by 2008 and crashed the world economy, having run up the price of oil 1,400% in only 9 years. And it's not just that they take our money, it's what they do with it. OPEC regimes are either openly supportive of terrorism, or play a sinister, two-faced game paying lip service to us on the issue but also slipping cash to extremist groups, even groups at war with us. We're funding our own enemies at the local filling station. Time to switch to alternatives, such as plugging in, and hit our enemies right where it hurts most - in the wallet.
Jul 10th, 2013 3:46pm
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Carney3 Carney3
On the issue of range, more than 90% of car trips are within the range of electrics. They're just fine for the daily trip to and from work, as well as evenings out, weekend errands and fun, etc. On the relatively rare occasion you truly need to go long distances, you could rent and let the rental take the wear and tear, or, since most households have two or more cars, use the other car.
Jul 10th, 2013 3:48pm
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