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2014 Volkswagen eUp Electric Car Full UK Pricing And Specification …

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Up-ending your wallet

Volkswagen has taken inspiration Apple s business model too and its new e-Up with the price tag of a .

You ll need a full £19,250 to get the wheel of VW s electric baby and it s only that low due to the government s £5,000 plug-in car grant. To some perspective, that s a £6,170 more than the Up special edition. already a car of value when Ups start at

It s also £5,800 more than a Renault Zoe. and £3,200 dearer than a Leaf — both with better performance the e-Up s 12-second 0-60 greater interior space, and potential range.

For the latter, Volkswagen s offering a maximum potential range of 93 That s par for the course these but certainly nothing special, if it manages that class-matching with a relatively small kWh lithium-ion battery. This can be in under nine hours a standard household socket, or an 80 percent boost from a quick charge.

Stocking Up

A of exterior changes enhance the Up s form, with C-shaped LED running lights and unique 15 alloys, while inside you re to a natty white and blue colour scheme.

Equipment levels are high too heated seats, cruise Maps More navigation with electric car specific a heated windscreen, DAB six-speaker City Emergency Braking, parking sensors and electronic control are all standard. For a full we d suggest picking up VW s no-doubt brochure on the subject.

But even all that kit, an eight-year warranty and 10,000-mile/one-year service the e-Up is simply too expensive.


Let s say you cover 10,000 miles per in your city car. Let s say you average 75 percent of that range (70 miles), and squeeze 75 of the battery s full capacity in time you charge — 14

Current Economy 7 electricity run to around 9.1 pence per kWh, so 70-mile charge costs you £1.27 — a bargain! At miles per year, that s only 181 quid in electricity. To do the distance in a regular Up at 60 mpg would you £989 at today s average of pence per litre.

Volkswagen up Electric Cars

Or £808 more.

But the e-Up is more than the most petrol-powered Up, so on fuel alone you d to drive for over 7.5 years to up the deficit. If you re a London-dweller that would close quicker Congestion Charge can run to a couple of a year if you regularly slide the city. And in reality, petrol will go up quicker than — but the gap is still huge.

And if you want a cheap city you can get a basic Up for eight grand with a further £5,000-or-so gap to up. All of which renders the e-Up frustratingly expensive.


Yes, we know are other benefits to running an car — cleaner air, a drive, better low-down — but if you wanted all those then there s still Zoe — or Smart s Fortwo Drive. also cheap to buy and The Zoe and cheapest Smarts require a battery fee, but this is expensive the fewer miles you — and if you really are city-bound, you won t be covering 10k a year.

Expensive and technically then, can the e-Up on image alone?

Orders begin on December 2nd and the cars hit the road in late — we ll see then whether the VW is strong enough to carry price.

Volkswagen up Electric Cars
Volkswagen up Electric Cars
Volkswagen up Electric Cars

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