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The production version of the all-electric Volkswagen E-Up! has made a brief appearance at today’s annual VW press and investor conference at Wolfsburg ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The E-Up! is Volkswagen’s first fully electric production vehicle and has a range of up to 150km on a single charge, thanks to its low weight of 1185kg.

The Volkswagen E-Up! can be recharged to 80 per cent capacity within 30 minutes, with the battery integrated in the underfloor area.

Power comes from an 18.7kWh lithium-ion battery capable of propelling the electric Up! from 0-100km/h “within 14 seconds”. Top speed is a claimed 135km/h.

Hidden behind the ‘fuel-filler’ cap is the charging port, but the E-Up! also offer the new Combined Charging System (CCS), which VW and other car makers have co-developed.

It supports both DC and AC charging, allowing drivers to charge their cars at most charging stations – regardless of the power sources and charging rates on offer.

A distinctive feature of the E-Up! is the is the curved layout of the LED daytime running lights in the front bumper, while the front-end, sills and underbody have been aerodynamically enhanced.

Other features include machine-polished 15-inch alloy wheels, Volkswagen emblems with distinctive blue backgrounds and an E-Up! logo at the rear.

The cabin features light-grey E-Up! seat covers with blue-stitched seams, while leather and chrome accents have been used to highlight its all-electric power.




  • Monk

    Zaccy, I think this is short for E-xactly Up!

    • Zaccy16

      haha

  • Peanut

    I don’t know about you guys. But I am holding out for the What’s Up.

    • Phil

      shouldn’t that be Watts Up! given it is electric?

      As I said about the Renault Zoe, these electric commuters need shared registration such as is available in Switzerland – one rego, one insurance and swap the plates between vehicles. Without that, buyers will look to plug-in hybrids or conventional IC vehicles. Full rego for a car that limits you to approx 60km radius from home, who could justify that?

      • $29896495

        They are being churned out mainly because of the ultra tough new Californian laws. Where so many cars have to be electric. Trouble is they aren’t really right for sale to the public yet. Then for companies to make their money back, they try and unload them in other countries.

      • Alex

        Anyone wanting a second car. The range is fine for that, but not yet the price.

        • horsie

          I would totally get one for my wife’s next car (when the prices become reasonable  . She never goes further than the shops or into the city. 30km’s at the most. 

          • Alex

             Not just for the wife. A small EV would be ideal for little trips across town that make up about 90% of our journeys, but perhaps 50% of the mileage. It’s also those little trips that are not good for the engine of the fuel consumption of a petrol/diesel car.

          • horsie

            The logical side of me totally agree’s with you. but damn it, I just love V8′s 

  • Resident

    What a F-Up!

  • LowRezFez

    Looks like VW may introduce a baseball special edition with baseball mit stitching on leather seats, al la last gen TT. It will be known as the Throw Up!

  • racrepus

    When it breaks down, you could always get a horse to pull it. Gid-E-Up!

  • Poison_Eagle

    I really like the digital instrument cluster, they can keep the rest. Doorhandles look like they’re from a 90′s Festiva.

  • Tone

    I’m still waiting for a full customisation service called Up! Yours.

  • Golfschwein

    Sounds funny when you say it. Eee YUP!

  • Aus_poppa

    Everyone can laugh at the names, but this car and the Renault Zoe are leading the charge – pun absolutely intended.

    They will be the forerunners of mass market electric cars, which will fit the bill for millions of people in cities around the world, especially in Europe, and I suspect quite a number in this country as well.

    • $29896495

      For runners, NOT current runners. Things wont be really ready for the road until the new power source, air batteries etc and new motors are ready. 5 to twenty years.

    • LowRezFez

      I very much doubt this.

  • Luke Brinsmead

    Pretty clever. But with a maximum range of only 150 kilometres; it will obviously be restricted to metropolitan areas. Unfortunately the speculated high price will also prevent it from going mainstream.

  • Zaccy16

    good little car! still would rather a normal petrol or new gt!