First drive 2014 Volkswagen eUp! Driving

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First drive: 2014 e-Up!

Volkswagen’s e-up!

VW’s e-Up! just the of automaker’s EV onslaught


— Initially conceived as a rear-engine, city car, the first Volkswagen Up! went on sale in as a front-drive, two-door, four-passenger two years ago. But Volkswagen had bigger plans for its smallest

At the Frankfurt auto show in the German automaker rolled out six Up! Some were pure like the Myers Manx-inspired Up! Some, like the turbocharged Up! GT, almost sexy.

And now, two later, the four-door, pure-electric is going on-sale in Europe as first-ever production electric (EV).

The new e-Up! is just the of parent Volkswagen Group’s EV onslaught. The electrified Up! was joined on at this year’s Frankfurt by the larger e-Golf and Audi compacts, set to hit European showrooms spring. And that’s just the

Although Nissan is the current EV sales champ with its Leaf, by 2014, the Volkswagen plans to have 14 new hybrid and models on sale, with the for upwards of 40 vehicles with powertrains.

The secret sauce to seemingly quick jump the EV market lies with its new transverse matrix (MQB) a Lego-like unibody structure can produce wildly diverse like the very small Up! all the way to the large CrossBlue crossover

As well, every MQB vehicle has designed from the outset to be not only by conventional internal (ICE) gas and diesel engines, but natural gas, hybrid or — as in the of the e-Up! here — pure-electric The strategy also allows to price the e-Up! competitively. In it sells for just more $37,000.

That’s twice the most-expensive Up. but about $14,000 less BMW’s i3 electric city

Currently, the most miserly fuel Up! models score a Prius-beating 3.7 L/100 km in Europe. obviously, the electric version no fuel at all. With an (seven more than the powerful gas Up!) and 155 pound-feet of (about double other electric motor (powered by an per hour battery pack under its rear seat) on top of the city car’s front Volkswagen says the e-Up! can go up to 160 fully charged.

On a “regular” outlet, the e-Up! takes hours for a full recharge, but an fast charger can boost its pack to 80% capacity in just 30

Thankfully, the conversion to electric hasn’t affected the Up!’s excellent cabin. Two sizes from the compact Golf, the Up! is smaller than the subcompact Polo, but it doesn’t feel a toy car when you sit inside. To create as passenger room as possible, the wheels have been to the far reaches of its extra-long wheelbase — than a Fiat 500, ForTwo or Scion iQ.

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Its cabin is and the driving position feels different from the bigger with everything the driver (steering wheel, seats, shift knob) of similar quality fit and finish.

My drive in the new e-Up! was limited to a few kilometres on city streets around the auto show grounds. anxiety aside, though, the version is the better Up! to drive.

Instead of a five-speed manual or the e-Up gets a single-gear with two modes. D is for normal with D1 through to D3 ratcheting up the braking systems energy (to the point where you almost have to use the brakes in D3 to stop at low There are also three — Eco and Eco Plus — switches between the seats that affect usage.

Eco limits battery to 50 kW and Eco Plus limits power a 10 kW, with the resulting lack of oomph.

Volkswagen says the “e” to the Up! only adds 210 kilograms of but the tidy city car still weighs in at 1,139 kg. Because of and the inherent instant torque its electric motor, the e-Up! is the model to go from rest to 100

That said, the e-Up! 12.4 seconds to go from to 100 km/h, so you won t be scaring any Golf GTI at stoplights. If you have the patience, top is 133 km/h, but initial the run-up to urban speeds is both and quiet. Just like the ICE Up. the version muffles exterior and road noise effectively, and the drivetrain only makes the Up!

If you can live with its limited between charges, as an everyday runabout, there’s much to about the new e-Up! It can seat comfortably in an upscale cabin, the safety and reliability of a bigger and deliver a quiet, refined experience — and wait for it — sip no gas!

The of the e-Up! coming to Canada are at best, but Volkswagen has already the media it plans on selling EVs in the by 2015. More than we’ll see the e-Golf in California. that, it will be up to customers to some demand.

If that happens, the German seems to have the building to go the distance in the EV sales race.

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