Great Things in Small Packages: Volkswagen’s new e-up! electric car is shockingly good

February 21st, 2014 Comments Off on Great Things in Small Packages: Volkswagen’s new e-up! electric car is shockingly good

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Back in November, we crowned BMW#ElectricCar sales in #UK expected to double in 2013 as prices start to fall. #EV #london #green #eco. Read more ... »’s radical i3Finally. "New battery to boost BMW i3 range" ...where do i sign. Read more ... » the best electricWinter Range: Citroen cZero Electric Car and the Heating Issue. Read more ... » carWinter Range: Citroen cZero Electric Car and the Heating Issue. Read more ... » in Blighty – or anywhere else in the worldUSA: Now, electric cars that touch 0 to 60 mph faster than petrol-powered ones!. Read more ... », for that matter.

Just a few months later, that title is already under threat and from a surprising newNissan Leaf 2015 expected Tech Upgrades. Read more ... » entrant into the EVElectric Drive Industry Sets Sales Record in May. Read more ... » market#ElectricCar sales in #UK expected to double in 2013 as prices start to fall. #EV #london #green #eco. Read more ... ». It’s the new VolkswagenWhy Go Electric: What Plug-in car and van grants available?. Read more ... » e-upThe e-up! This fall of 2013: Volkswagen Unveils Its First Production Electric Car. Read more ... »!

Not surprising in the sense that it exists. We’ve known the Volkswagen e-up! Was coming for some timeElectric Drive Industry Sets Sales Record in May. Read more ... ». But surprising in the sense that it turns out to be such a compelling proposition.

That’s because the e-up! is unashamedly an electric rehash of a conventional combustion car. Much of the BMW i3’s appeal is based on its ground-up, clean-sheet, pure-electric engineering.

The i3, then, is the electric carWinter Range: Citroen cZero Electric Car and the Heating Issue. Read more ... » you’d design if freeFree? Why Electric Cars may soon be even more Cost Effective. Read more ... » from all combustion-related baggage. The e-up! is inherently more compromised.

At this stage we also need to throw the RenaultCheapest Electric Car Lease: Renault Twizy from £125/month. Read more ... » Zoe#Renault #ZOE #EV and its #Chameleon Charger: bye-bye plug-at-home connector. Good plan?. Read more ... » into the mix. It falls somewhere in between the i3 and e-up! in terms of the purity of its engineering.

An unlikely sight? EV sales in the UKCheapest Electric Car Lease: Renault Twizy from £125/month. Read more ... » remain glacial
Renault pitches it as an EV through and through. And it does have unique sheet metal. It isn’t just a Renault ClioIn First Half of 2013, Renault-Nissan Leads European EV Sales. Read more ... » with a big batteryElectric Drive Industry Sets Sales Record in May. Read more ... ». But it is still derived from Renault’s combustion car architecture.

It’s also worth noting that the £15VW launching at least six plug-in hybrids after 2014. Read more ... »,195 Renault is much more of a direct competitor to the £19Renault Electric Program Director: Next-Generation Renault ZOE With Real-World Range Of 186 Miles. Read more ... »,250 Volkswagen e-up! in terms of pricing, where the £25Step closer: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Now In Production. Read more ... »,680 BMW i3 operates in a pricier part of the market, especially when you start comparing leaseWinter Range: Citroen cZero Electric Car and the Heating Issue. Read more ... » deals.

That the e-up! remains more expensive than the Zoe is partly down to differences in things like battery leasingwww.Leasing.London All-Things-EV-Leasing for all #electricCar Best Leasing Deals and Offers. Partner up if you're in business!. Read more ... », but we’ll come to that in a moment.

Design and engineering

Get underneath the new Volkswagen e-up! and you begin to understand why this is no low-costThen and Now. Recapping history, admiring Renault #Twizy. How i came to own one.. Read more ... » lash up. Our test driveMitsubishi Concept CA-MiEV triples the i-MIEV's range, adds wireless charging. Read more ... » started from VWFord Wants To Develop Its Own Battery Chemistries For Hybrids, Electric Cars, But Why?. Read more ... »’s technical training centreTesla Model S vs Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Read more ... » in Milton KeynesCross-country EV charging network launched. Read more ... ».

It’s here that VW’s main agent technicians learn about the nuances of looking after electric carsNext Nissan Leaf previewed by IDS Concept in Tokyo. Read more ... ». Handily, that means an e-up! or two up on a ramp and a goodEv competition - more choice for customer? Porsche plans electric car to challenge Tesla. Read more ... » view of the bottom of the car.

From there you can see how the battery is essentially a thin slice forming the bottom of the chassis. Not a lump chucked in the bootWhat is this Hybrid all about? Hands-on User Experience of Citroen DS5 - #green #hybrid #citroen. Read more ... » eating up luggageThe UK will get versions of the #Tesla #EV Model S from around mid-2013 @ ~ £45k. Read more ... » space and knackering the weight distributionElon Musk's announcement on Model D. AWD, 0-62 IN 3.2S! Autonomous driving.. Read more ... », then. Even if you’d engineered the car from the very beginning for electric powerWinter Range: Citroen cZero Electric Car and the Heating Issue. Read more ... », the battery packaging wouldn’t be any different.

The e-up!’s belly reveals a flat, fully-integrated lithium pack
Whether you’d put the electric motorAudi joins hybrid SUV party with Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro. Read more ... » and single-speedBetter Late than Never: Renault Twizy, or rather Nissan "New Mobility Concept" gets kudos. Read more ... » reduction drive up front or in the rear is an interesting question. BMW went for rear installationWhen manufacturers must push for Electrification: Emission Scandal(VW) put all emission validation/rating in the bin. Read more ... » and thus rear drive. But there are decent reasons in terms of packaging and drivingWinter Range: Citroen cZero Electric Car and the Heating Issue. Read more ... » dynamics (specifically safetyKia launches hybrid and electric cars. Read more ... ») to stick it all up front.

Anyway, the pointRenault twizy door struts replaced. Now scissor doors spring up!. Read more ... » is that it turns out the Volkswagen e-up! is probably as well engineered for batteriesTesla VS Dyson, as the latter Challenges Tesla With $1.4 Billion Battery Tech Investment. Read more ... » as any other EV. This is no lash up.

Elsewhere, the car comes across as being pretty much identical to any other Volkswagen e-up! It’s a slick, pretty well appointed cityCross-country EV charging network launched. Read more ... » car with an appealing cabin and more space insideMy #Twizy and I - My First Commute. Read more ... » than you’d merit from the teensy exterior.

Oh, and finally, the e-up! is only available in five-doorRenault twizy door struts replaced. Now scissor doors spring up!. Read more ... » trim.

TechCheapest small #EV lease: Citroen C Zero Special 159+vat/m Offer. Read more ... »

Let’s start with the obvious bit. The Volkswagen e-up! gets a sodding great 230kg lithium battery packFinally. "New battery to boost BMW i3 range" ...where do i sign. Read more ... ». Actually, it’s not that huge by EV standards. Batteries for these cars are big.

So it’s an 18VW planning to launch 6+ #hybrid #PHEV plug-in hybrids from 2014. Read more ... ».7kWh battery where both the Renault ZoeRenault Zoe: an electric car that makes sense? 14K Cost of Car. 90mile(ideal) range. London. Leasing Batteries from £86/mth. #btrplc. Read more ... » and BMW i3 sport 22kWh packs. As for the motor, it’s an 82hp item, which makes the e-up! the most powerful up! you can buyTesla Model S vs Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Read more ... », albeit the heaviest, too.

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