New 2020 Volkswagen e-up! to launch at Frankfurt
The revised Volkswagen e-up! will go on sale in January 2020, with costs ranging from round £23,000 (earlier than the Authorities’s £3,500 plug-in automobile grant has been utilized). First deliveries are anticipated to reach throughout spring.
• Frankfurt Motor Present 2019
The brand new e-up!’s battery capability has risen from 18.7kWh 32.3kWh, which Volkswagen claims has improved its vary from 99 to 162 miles. Volkswagen additionally says the e-up!’s new battery pack can get well an 80 per cent cost in simply 60 minutes, when plugged right into a 40kW DC quick charger.
Just like the outgoing mannequin, the brand new e-up! is powered by a 61kW electrical motor, which produces the equal of 81bhp and 210Nm of torque. Volkswagen says its 0–62mph time has improved by half a second to face at 11.9 seconds, though the automobile’s prime pace stays unchanged at 81mph.
Customary gear for the up to date e-up! consists of computerized air con, a lane- departure warning system, Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB radio. Volkswagen has additionally fitted its “Maps + Extra” smartphone integration expertise instead of a standard infotainment display screen, in a bid to maintain prices down.
The system contains a smartphone mount for the dashboard and an utility, which lets the driving force’s cellphone deal with navigation, media and radio capabilities, in addition to present shows for the e-up!’s cost state and vary.
The Volkswagen up! has confronted an unsure future for a while however, on the 2019 Geneva Motor Present, Volkswagen’s Head of Gross sales and Advertising, Jurgen Stackmann, revealed to Auto Specific that new rules will make it unattainable to make a enterprise case for a brand new conventionally powered metropolis automobile.
Stackmann defined: “We’re working to offer a second life to the e-up! – it has a giant function to play over the following three to 4 years. In the long run, the large query mark is, if the authorized system is pursuing and implementing the authorized rules they’ve simply confirmed, there may be not a single enterprise case for typical automobiles the dimensions of the up! – it’s simply not potential.”
The revised e-up! will likely be constructed alongside its sister automobiles, the Skoda Citigo e iV and the SEAT Mii electrical, each of which is able to function the identical electrical motor, battery pack and price saving smartphone-operated infotainment system.
Stackmann added: “These automobiles are too small to hold excessive expertise and a traditional combustion engine is simply unattainable to achieve the required CO2 ranges. So in principle you’d must promote an electrical automobile to compensate for the issue of a [conventional] Up! the place the margin is already skinny. We’re specializing in the e-up! going forwards.”
Regardless of Volkswagen’s new-found interestment in its all-electric metropolis automobile, Stackmann knowledgeable us that the e-up! won’t change into a part of the model’s new vary of ID.-branded electrical automobiles. Volkswagen will as an alternative produce a Polo sized electrical supermini utilizing the MEB platform, probably priced from round £20,000, however battery prices imply it’s unlikely to floor as a manufacturing mannequin till 2023 on the earliest.
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