The Volkswagen e-UP is an all-electric hatchback produced by the German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen. The car was subsequently unveiled at the September 2013 International Motor Show Germany.
VW’s e-up! is a great example of a conventional car made better by the addition of an electric powertrain. The little VW is an excellent citycar when fitted with a petrol engine, but it is even better in e-up! specification.
The electric engine has an output of 60kW (80hp) and delivers 155 lb-ft (210Nm) of torque.
The battery is positioned under the seats: this protects it from impact, and also maximizes boot space. Thanks to its recuperation technology, the e-up! takes this energy and uses it to power the battery. The driver can choose from four different, easy-to-activate recuperation modes.
A public high-speed DC charging station takes just 30 mins, while an at-home wall box gets the job done in 6 hours. The Combined Charging System (CCS) provides two types of plug, so you can charge the car in the comfort of your own home using either a domestic mains socket or a super-speedy wall box.
You might not expect much luxury in the new e-up!. But you’d be wrong. From the leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel to the gear knob gaiter, handbrake grip and ‘Sharkskin’ dashpad, high-quality craftsmanship surrounds you. If that doesn’t impress you, the heated front seats with three individual temperature settings will do.
You’ll be proud to own the new e-up!. VW added understated, sophisticated styling features that make it uniquely recognisable. A blue and chrome strip below the bonnet lip, signature ‘C’ lights around the door handles and stylish 15-inch ‘Tezzle’ alloy wheels add the perfect finishing touch.