VW’s Affordable EV Could Be The Second Generation Of The e-Up!

Last month, Bloomberg reported that Volkswagen will add yet another electric vehicle in their I.D. family, priced at roughly €18,000 ($20,420) in Germany.

The model was reported to be a subcompact crossover. However, it appears that VW’s actual plans for its entry-level EV are different.

According to InsideEVs, who talked to the brand’s North America VP of E-Mobility and Innovation Matthew Renna during the 2018 L.A. Auto Show, the new electric vehicle isn’t part of the I.D. lineup. Renna, who used to work at Tesla as Program Manager, reportedly revealed that it’s actually an updated version of the e-Up!.

Also Watch: VW e-Up Is Definitely not for Drivers with Range Anxiety

The zero-emission city car should be upgraded with a bigger battery to improve its range, and won’t be underpinned by the new MEB platform. Also, just like the outgoing model, it won’t launch in the United States, as it will only be up for grabs in Europe.

It’s unknown when Volkswagen plans to unveil it, but rumors say that they might do it after 2020. The German car firm has big expectations from the new e-Up!, as it’s believed to sell around 200,000 units annually.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen has revised the UK pricing of the e-Up!, which is now more affordable and adds extra gear. The car has an MSRP of £23,115 ($29,466/€25,962) in Britain, or £19,615 ($25,005/€22,031) with the government plug-in car grant.

In the new WLTP standards, the e-Up! has a total driving range of 83 miles (134 km) thanks to its 18.7 kWh battery pack. Charging it takes 9 hours via a standard household socket, or 6 hours with the 3.6 kWh wall box.

Note: 2019 VW e-Up! pictured

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  • Mike anonymous

    I think what they are suggesting is that the VW’s EV (I.D.) will be the replacement within the line-up (not exactly price-wise, but in terms of form/function), for the E-UP.

    Also (if you want my honest opinion) it seems as though it’s just a pointless article written for the sake of it as clearly this is what VW is looking to do, and this was evident well over a year ago.

  • Stephen G

    Bloomberg, how can you be deceitful..it’s not going to be a subcompact crossover, it’s going to be a tiny tall stationwagon.

  • ace_9

    It’s good that all the geniuses expecting an electric family car for around 20000€ are now hiding in shame and don’t show their stupidity here anymore. How dumb a person has to be to expect an electric family car (regardless of body style) with decent range and reasonable equipment for around 20 thousand? Especially from VW. But nobody believed me, that this price was probably meant for a new e-up…

  • So you can get a Renault Zoe for even less money, yet is bigger and has a much greater range. Remind me, how are VW planning to sell 200 000 E-Up!s a year?

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