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The box looks the same, but what’s inside is completely new, with the battery cells in the revamped e-up! offering a much higher energy density than the previous model. Its gross capacity has been almost doubled, from 18.7 to 36.8 kWh (corresponds to 32.3 kWh usable energy). With average energy consumption of only 12.9 – 12.7 kWh/100 km, the e-up! achieves a range of up to 260 km from one battery charge, in real driving situations. When the battery is empty, it can be recharged to 80% in just an hour via direct current; the CCS charging connection needed for this is available as an option. Using alternating current, achieving 80% charge at a 7.2 kW socket takes just over four hours.
The e-up!01 is compact but fully formed, with space for four people – and plenty of fun for the driver. At its peak, the electric motor delivers 61 kW (83 PS), and from a standing start it sends a powerful 212 Nm of torque to the front axle via a single-speed gearbox. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes 11.9 seconds; acceleration stops at 130 km/h. The driver can choose between three driving profiles and five energy recovery levels. The large lithium-ion battery is installed beneath the vehicle floor, ensuring a low centre of gravity and agile handling. With six airbags and the new Lane Assist lane keeping assistant, even the smallest Volkswagen features a high level of safety as standard.
With the e-up!01, Volkswagen offers its customers an entry-level model for electric mobility at a competitive price. In Germany the compact vehicle costs just €21,975, minus €4,380 in subsidies from Volkswagen and the state. Those driving the e-up! as a company car benefit from an additional advantage, as the tax payable is just 0.5% of the list price. Running costs are also low: the cost of the power needed to travel 100 km is less than €4 in Germany (as of autumn 2019).
An attractive equipment is included as standard, for instance the Composition Phone radio system with Bluetooth interface and DAB+, not to mention the smartphone dock with the new maps + more app offering many navigation and multimedia functions. Via the We Connect app with e-Remote, e-up! customers can remotely start, stop and program charging and air conditioning while the car is parked. The Climatronic air conditioning system and new Lane Assist lane keeping assistance system complete the equipment list. For a striking look, choose the e-up! style with black or white roof, tinted glass in the rear, alloy wheels and blue background lighting for the vehicle interior.
Volkswagen has also put together three equipment packs themed around driver assistance, winter and comfort. They include features such as the cruise control system and rear view camera system, heating for seats and windscreens, as well as automatic headlights and a second remote control key. The offering is completed with individually available options such as the multifunction steering wheel with leather trim, or electronic engine sound for city traffic.
The new battery system integrates 168 pouch battery cells, collected into modules of twelve. The 14 modules are formed into two blocks: a flat long one under the front seats and a short high one under the rear bench seat. Including all controllers, fuses and connections, the complete system weighs 248 kg – just 15 kg more than its predecessor. The battery guarantee provided by Volkswagen extends over eight years or 160,000 km.
The other components in the high-voltage drive train remain virtually unchanged. Power and control electronics convert the direct current of the battery into three-phase current for the electric motor, and perform the opposite function during brake energy recuperation. The PSM electric motor (permanently excited synchronous motor) is compact and achieves a high degree of efficiency. It delivers 40 kW of continuous power and 61 kW of peak power (54/83 PS), and from stationary it delivers full starting torque of 212 Nm. A single-speed gearbox transmits forces to the front axle; it is produced in a Volkswagen component factory, just as the electric motor and the high-voltage battery are.
The revamped e-up!01 is charged using alternating current. When charging at a 7.2 kW power connection, an empty lithium-ion battery returns to 80% SOC (state of charge) in just over four hours. The type 2 charging cable required for this is available as standard. Volkswagen subsidiary company Elli (Electric Life) is offering new ID.Charger wall boxes for home charging, with even the cheapest of these delivers 7.2 kW of power. Volkswagen Naturstrom® is also available from Elli. This is power obtained 100% from renewable sources – at present mainly hydropower plants in Germany and neighbouring countries, such as Austria and Switzerland. When it is used to power the e-up! the vehicle is not only locally emissions-free, but also globally.