The new Volkswagen e-up! Driving in Valencia

"Increased range, lower price: Volkswagen presented the next-level e-up! Its new battery means this electrically powered compact vehicle is capable of up to 260 km of range in real driving conditions. The revamped e-up! will arrive at dealerships in Europe in winter 2019, with the price in Germany at just €21,975, from which subsidies are still to be subtracted. Leasing and financing rates, as well as running costs are also extremely low, making the brand's smallest electric vehicle an attractive entry model to the world of Volkswagen e-mobility.

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 Volkswagen e-up! 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."

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