Volkswagen started selling the all-electric Volkswagen e-up! December 2, 2013 at a starting price of £19,250 that already includes £5,000 Government grant, or £24,250 on the road. Customers could now order their e-up! from one of 24 Volkswagen EV specialist retailers across the United Kingdom, with the first deliveries to occur at the end of January 2014.
The e-up! Is derived from the up! city car and comes in one high-specification trim level. The -e-up! boasts of zero tailpipe emissions and a range of up to 93 miles in optimum conditions.
It also takes only less than nine hours to get a standard full charge from a standard 230-Volt, 2.3 kW household socket. Its AC electric motor provides 60 kW/82 PS of output and 210 Nm of torque, and is powered by a lithium-ion battery rated at 374 Volts and 18.7 kWh.
Depending on the driving style, charge level and ambient conditions, the battery could last up to 93 miles. In addition to the standard driving mode, the e-up! features two economy profiles as standard: ‘Eco’ and ‘Eco+’. The ‘Eco’ profile trims the e-up!'s max power to 50 kW, cuts the output of the air conditioning system and modifies the throttle response.
On the other hand, the ‘Eco+’ profile trims the top power to 40 kW. It also further modifies the throttle response and disables the air conditioning. The range of the e-up! can also be influenced by regenerative braking, which is available in five modes: D, D1, D2, D3 and B. In D, the vehicle coasts when the accelerator is lifted.
In each of the next levels, the lifting off the throttle pedal provides a higher level of regenerative braking. In D2, D3 and B, the brake lights are automatically activated when the driver lifts his foot off the throttle pedal.
UK customers will be offered an optional wall box for home garage use, providing a 3.6 kW supply and could recharge a completely discharged battery in six hours. All e-up!s come with a DC fast-charging circuit as standard. Using the Combined Charging System (CCS), DC fast-charging circuit allows a flat battery to be charged to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. [source: Volkswagen]