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Volkswagen up Electric Cars

Rivals: Nissan Leaf, Zoe, Smart fortwo ev

CO 2 0g/km

Top speed: 81mph

12.4 seconds

Power: at peak

Torque: 210Nm start

In the Metal:

Nothing new that we’ve not said the up! previously. As small hatchbacks go the up! is styled, its proportions and detailing it a charm and solidity that is in most of its city car rivals. 15-inch ‘Tezzle’ alloy differentiate it from its conventionally relations, as do LED running lights and chrome VW roundels.

If you miss all then the ‘e-up!’ badges are unambiguous, too.

Changes include the lengthiest standard list of any up. while blue on the steering wheel, gear and handbrake lever, some badging and additional functionality the ‘Maps and More’ portable device mark out the electrically up. There’s more info in the screen between the instruments while the spare wheel is and there’s a pair of charging in the boot. That loses one litre in load capacity the seats up.

It all feels beautifully built as which, given this machine’s list price, is no bad

Driving it:

Volkswagen’s greenest up! is its fastest. Throw out any ideas of and floor the accelerator and the e-up! reach 62mph in 12.4 from rest. Do so regularly and be lucky to manage 62 miles Volkswagen quoting a range of 75 and 99 miles on a full charge. To that there’s a host of of eking out the maximum distance the lithium-ion battery. The single-speed transmission offers five levels of recuperation, from which coasts when off the accelerator, to B, which creates a regenerative effect when off the pedal.

In between those two extremes is D1, D2 and D3, mean increasing levels of scavenging. D2 and D3’s effect (as as the B mode’s) deliver enough to slow the e-up! so much as to the illumination of the brake lights.

are also Eco and Eco+ modes, change the accelerator’s response and the output (Eco+ being the mode on offer), along switching off heating and cooling for maximum range. That you plenty of choice behind the or more properly at the gearstick, and two eco which keeps you busy. A button or paddles might especially if you’re switching modes often due to differing conditions.

A bit of practice and anticipation allows use of the D to create engine braking, the also adding to the regenerative — though not featuring the feel of so many electric middle pedals. It’s to leave the whole thing in and allow it to coast on lift-off, it the most natural mode in as the regenerative modes make for progress as the drivetrain scavenges energy. The steering is nicely and the drivetrain completely silent in the biggest surprise not just the e-up! is the fastest up! in the line-up, but also the best handling, as the of the lithium-ion battery pack the centre of gravity.

Mid-range urgency is impressive, the acceleration instantaneous, and the effect even greater due to the absence of Like all electrically powered there’s a niggling anxiety potential range, but even briskly without much to economy the e-up! doesn’t its range alarmingly, the instruments an apparently accurate guide of the reserves and potential remaining

What you get for your Money:

everything. Really. Sweetening the hit of the expensive up! — by a sizeable and even after the Government up a Ј5,000 grant — is a list that includes conceivable bit of equipment you can have on up! models.

That includes Emergency Braking, which claims is a first for the city car

Worth Noting

With a single-speed transmission there’s no gear, so to reverse the e-up! the polarity is simply reversed. times vary depending on the but a full charge from a AC socket from flat to is nine hours. A CCS (Combined System) charge can give 80 per in just 30 minutes, while a available free of charge Volkswagen’s partners, British allows a full charge at in six hours.

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