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Latest first drives e-Up (2014-)

Volkswagen has its characterful Up city car and swapped the engine for an electric motor. The is the e-Up, one of the most credible cars yet. Just us the ‘Yorkshire’ jokes, please…

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Despite its name, the was conceived in Wolfsburg, not Wakefield. the first electric Volkswagen to go on in the UK (the e-Golf follows in 2014), although you can only buy it 24 out of VW’s 208 dealers to start

Volkswagen has some history electric cars. The original Golf of 1976 developed and had a top speed of just 50mph. the e-Up fares rather its 82bhp motor propels it to in a sprightly 12.4 seconds and on to a top of 81mph.

Electric Volkswagen e-Up is identical to the standard car

From the there’s little to distinguish the Up from its fossil-fuelled brother. blue-backed VW badges, 15-inch wheels and LED daytime running give the game away.

inside and, again, it little different to a standard Up. the same funky and surprisingly cabin, albeit with standard equipment. The e-Up the specification of the range-topping High Up, but electronic air conditioning, DAB radio, control, radar-based emergency rear parking sensors and a windscreen.

The real differences are under the The e-Up uses a compact AC motor and no less than 204 battery cells. Its claimed is 100 miles and a full charge a mains socket takes hours.

However, the batteries can be to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes via a electric car charging point.

it up against?

The number of fully-electric remains small, and few are as small as the Up. you count the Renault Twizy more like a four-wheeled than a car), only the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and its identical the Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot take up a similar amount of space.

The e-Up can accommodate people – at a pinch. But move up to the Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe and you can their luggage as well. mid-sized electric cars due include the aforementioned e-Golf and Focus Electric.

Watch our video review of the Twizy

Why buy one?

There’s a lot to about the regular Volkswagen Up, and of those positive attributes are over to the e-Up.

For starters, cute-looking, well-made and boasts interior space.

The e-Up be cheap to run, too. Car tax is insurance is affordable (group 10E on the scale) and your fuel will be measured in pence.

the extra weight of those (around 230kg – equivalent to average adults) means the doesn’t take corners quite the same panache as the car, but it’s actually to 62mph. And the instant torque power) of the electric motor it ample oomph for overtaking.

The e-Up’s compact dimensions it a doddle to manoeuvre and park. ‘B’ mode on the automatic gearbox and the effect from the electric is significantly increased (enough to the brake lights come This recharges the batteries and you can drive without using the pedal at low speeds around

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Such ‘one pedal’ takes some getting to, but is remarkably easy once you do.

if you care about the environment, car will soothe your It isn’t genuinely ‘zero because of the pollution created by electricity. But electric cars keep the air clean in cities, is where the majority of e-Ups doubtless be used.

What’s its heel?

That feelgood comes at a price, and in this it’s a whopping £19,250. And after you’ve deducted the Government-funded Plug-In Car Grant.

Yes, there’s a finance for £199 a month (£7,000 6.6% APR), but consider the Up range starts from £8,000, and even a equivalent Up model (with five and an automatic gearbox) is less £12,000. Clearly you’d to drive this car for many to make up that initial in fuel savings. After the 1.0-litre petrol Up is a pretty car in the first place.

And don’t the problem of range – something to all electric cars. Volkswagen the e-Up will do 100 miles on a charge and, to be fair, we yet had chance to test that in our lab. However, drive or start using the headlights, air-con, heated seats, and you can expect to see that figure

If you plan to venture far from you’ll need to plan journey carefully.

More on this.

Volkswagen Up read our full lab-test of the petrol Up

Electric cars our guide to the pro and cons of electric

Fuel prices — money on your car running

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