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Volkswagen e-up!

First drive: 2014 e-Up!

Volkswagen’s e-up!

VW’s e-Up! just the of automaker’s EV onslaught


— Initially conceived as a rear-engine, city car, the first Volkswagen Up! went on sale in as a front-drive, two-door, four-passenger two years ago. But Volkswagen had bigger plans for its smallest

At the Frankfurt auto show in the German automaker rolled out six Up! Some were pure like the Myers Manx-inspired Up! Some, like the turbocharged Up! GT, almost sexy. And now, two later, the four-door, pure-electric is going on-sale in Europe as first-ever production electric (EV).

The new e-Up! is just the of parent Volkswagen Group’s EV onslaught. The electrified Up! was joined on at this year’s Frankfurt by the larger e-Golf and Audi compacts, set to hit European showrooms spring. And that’s just the Although Nissan is the current EV sales champ with its Leaf, by 2014, the Volkswagen plans to have 14 new hybrid and models on sale, with the for upwards of 40 vehicles with powertrains.

The secret sauce to Volkswagen’s quick jump into the EV lies with its new modular matrix (MQB) platform, a unibody structure that can wildly diverse vehicles the very small Up! all the way to the very CrossBlue crossover concept.

As every MQB vehicle has been from the outset to be powered not by conventional internal combustion gas and diesel engines, but also gas, hybrid or — as in the case of the here — pure-electric powertrains. The also allows Volkswagen to the e-Up! competitively. In Germany, it for just more than That’s twice the most-expensive Up. but about $14,000 less BMW’s i3 electric city

Currently, the most miserly fuel Up! models score a Prius-beating 3.7 L/100 km in Europe. obviously, the electric version no fuel at all. With an (seven more than the powerful gas Up!) and 155 pound-feet of (about double other electric motor (powered by an per hour battery pack under its rear seat) on top of the city car’s front Volkswagen says the e-Up! can go up to 160 fully charged. On a “regular” outlet, the e-Up! takes hours for a full recharge, but an fast charger can boost its pack to 80% capacity in just 30

Thankfully, the conversion to electric hasn’t affected the Up!’s excellent cabin. Two sizes from the compact Golf, the Up! is smaller than the subcompact Polo, but it doesn’t feel a toy car when you sit inside. To create as passenger room as possible, the wheels have been to the far reaches of its extra-long wheelbase — than a Fiat 500, ForTwo or Scion iQ. Its cabin is and the driving position feels different from the bigger with everything the driver (steering wheel, seats, shift knob) of similar quality fit and finish.

My drive in the new e-Up! was limited to a few kilometres on city streets around the auto show grounds. anxiety aside, though, the version is the better Up! to drive.

Instead of a five-speed manual or the e-Up gets a single-gear with two modes. D is for normal with D1 through to D3 ratcheting up the braking systems energy (to the point where you almost have to use the brakes in D3 to stop at low There are also three — Eco and Eco Plus — switches between the seats that affect usage. Eco limits battery to 50 kW and Eco Plus limits power a 10 kW, with the resulting lack of oomph.

Volkswagen says the “e” to the Up! only adds 210 kilograms of but the tidy city car still weighs in at 1,139 kg. Because of and the inherent instant torque its electric motor, the e-Up! is the model to go from rest to 100

That said, the e-Up! 12.4 seconds to go from to 100 km/h, so you won’t be scaring any GTI drivers at stoplights. If you have the top speed is 133 km/h, but initial the to typical urban speeds is quick and quiet. Just the ICE Up. the electric version muffles wind and road noise and the near-silent drivetrain only the Up! quieter.

If you can live with its range between charges, as an urban runabout, there’s to like about the new e-Up! It can four comfortably in an upscale offer the safety and reliability of a car, and deliver a quiet, driving experience — and wait for it — sip no

The chances of the e-Up! coming to are slim at best, but Volkswagen has told the media it plans on EVs in the U.S. by 2015. More likely, we’ll see the e-Golf in After that, it will be up to to create some demand. If happens, the German automaker to have the building blocks to go the in the EV sales race.

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