Tuesday, 19 June 2018

e-up by gum! It’s an electric Volkswagen!

THE all-electric Volkswagen e-up! went on sale last week priced at £19,250 (including £5,000 Government grant or £24,250 on-the-road). Customers

THE all-electric Volkswagen e-up! went on sale last week priced at £19,250 (including £5,000 Government grant or £24,250 on-the-road). Customers can order their e-up! from one of 24 Volkswagen EV retailers across the UK, with the first deliveries expected at the end of January.

Based on the award-winning up! city car, the e-up! comes in one high-specification trim level.

With zero tailpipe emissions, a range of up to 93 miles in optimum conditions, and a standard full charge taking less than nine hours from a standard 230-Volt, 2.3kW household socket, the five-door car is as practical as it is environmentally friendly.

It has a maximum potential range of 93 miles.

As well as a standard driving mode, the e-up! has two economy profiles as standard: ‘Eco’ and ‘Eco+’. ‘Eco’ cuts the vehicle’s peak power to 50 kW, reduces the output of the air conditioning system and modifies the throttle response. ‘Eco+’ limits maximum power to 40 kW, further modifies the throttle response and disables the air conditioning.

On top of these different operating modes, the range of the e-up! can be greatly influenced by regenerative braking. There are five modes available: D, D1, D2, D3 and B. In D, the vehicle coasts when the accelerator is lifted. In each of the next levels, lifting off the throttle pedal provides an increased level of regenerative braking. In D2, D3 and B, the brake lights are automatically activated when the driver’s foot is lifted from the throttle pedal.

The e-up! comes with a standard three-year warranty, with the option to extend this by one or two years. The vehicle’s battery comes with an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty, while the standard service interval is 10,000 miles or one year, whichever comes soonest.

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