VW E-Up runs until 2025: hold out until the successor

VW E-Up runs until 2025: hold out until the successor

Volkswagen (VW) has reintroduced the E-Up, a small electric car, back into its product lineup. Previously, the model was unavailable for ordering but is now available again, although with a significant price increase. According to the configurator, the E-Up now costs 29,995 euros for the only available edition equipment, which is 3,100 euros more than the Style Plus model’s cost in February 2022.

After deducting the manufacturer’s share of the environmental bonus, the price comes to 27,810 euros, excluding the government bonus of 4,500 euros net. The E-Up comes equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels, CCS charging socket, seat heating, and a reversing camera, providing a good level of equipment but not a luxurious one.

Initially, the VW E-Up faced a lukewarm reception due to its limited range of only 160 kilometers based on the NEDC testing standard. However, in November 2019, VW made improvements to the electric microcar, increasing its range to 260 kilometers according to the WLTP standard, while also reducing the price by 1,600 euros to 21,975 euros. With environmental support, customers were able to purchase the E-Up for around 13,000 euros, which was an exceptionally low price for an electric car.

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These changes helped the E-Up become a bestseller. However, the high customer demand and supply chain issues led to long delivery times, resulting in the temporary unavailability of the small electric car. VW struggled to keep up with production, leading to the model being temporarily suspended.

Despite this, the E-Up achieved second place among the most registered electric cars in Germany in 2021, prompting VW to reintroduce it into the ordering program in mid-February 2022.

The E-Up’s first comeback in February 2022 came with unfortunate news: the list price increased by 4,920 euros to 26,895 euros. The reason behind the price increase was the inclusion of an extensive range of equipment, with the car only available in the Style “Plus” version.

This version offered standard features such as a CCS charging socket, mains charging cable, leather multifunction steering wheel, 15-inch alloy wheels, lane departure warning system, and automatic air conditioning. The exterior mirrors could be painted in either a “Deep Black” pearl effect or body color upon request.

Despite the price increase, there were no changes to the car’s drive and charging technology. The E-Up can be charged using an onboard charger with alternating current (AC), taking around five hours at a wall box. At public fast charging stations with direct current (DC), the 32.3 kWh battery can reach 80 percent capacity in just over an hour, with a maximum charging capacity of 40 kW.

The E-Up is expected to have an extended lifespan, as confirmed by Hildegard Wortmann, former VW sales director. It will be produced for two and a half years longer than originally planned, with production set to end in late 2025.

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The successor to the E-Up is the ID.2, which is based on the ID. Life concept from last year’s IAA (International Motor Show Germany), will then seamlessly take over with its modified MEB platform called “MEB Small.” If this scenario unfolds, the E-Up would have an unusually long production period of twelve years, including the previously mentioned interruptions.

Following a brief absence from the VW configurator, the VW E-Up has made its second comeback, returning in February 2022 with a substantial price increase. However, it is expected to remain available until the ID.2 is ready for production, which is likely to be by the end of 2025.