Price of VW’s e-up! goes down

04 December 2018

VOLKSWAGEN has knocked more than £3000 off the price of its  smallest electric car, the oddly-named e-up!

In addition to the whopping price cut there is even more equipment added in a bid to boost sales.

Standard equipment upgrades now include height adjustment for the driver’s seat that enables the vehicle to appeal to small and tall drivers alike, which was a previous shortcoming.

There is also a rear-view camera to make it easier to reverse into tight spaces, which is of particular appeal to younger drivers with relatively limited experience.

Also aimed at younger drivers is new upholstery for the seats that is said to add `extra flair.’

The new price of the vehicle is £23,115, which includes a taxpayer-funded grant of £3,500.

This represents a reduction of £2,935 in comparison to the previous cost of the car, with the extra equipment lifting the total equivalent saving to £3,250.

However, dealers face a tough task attempting to sell this battery-powered version in preference to the standard petrol-powered car, which costs from just £8,525.

That is for the 1.0-litre model with economy of 65mpg, a 100mph top speed and CO2 emissions of just 101g/km.

Nonetheless, motor manufacturers must be seen to have electric alternatives in their line-up, with Volkswagen electric vehicle boss

Joe Laurence, saying: “The e-up! is a key part of our electric vehicle family.

``It offers the ideal solution for zero tailpipe-emission urban motoring.

“Now we are offering more value with the addition of several extra features as standard.

``There is also a major price reduction, making the car more affordable. This is on top of the tax and fuel cost savings that are built into the e-up!”

The vehicle uses a 374 volt, 18.7 kWh battery pack to give an official  range of just over 80 miles with an energy consumption of 11.7 kWh per 60 miles combined. A full charge takes nine hours from a standard three-pin plug, or six hours from a 3.6 kWh wall box. A rapid charge point can provide 80 per cent capacity in half an hour.