If you ask someone to name a Volkswagen branded electric vehicle today, they’ll probably name one of the ID models (ID.3, ID.4 or ID.5). But if you live in Europe, you’ll probably be aware of another electric vehicle VW has been selling much before any of the ID models. It’s a rather tiny BEV called e-up!; that’s right, the exclamation comes free with the name.
Volkswagen had temporarily stopped taking new orders for this tiny BEV at the end of 2020 because according to the company, the delivery times rose to up to 16 months. The production, however, continued, with 30,800 deliveries in 2021. Now that VW is relieved of some order backlog, the order books are open again for the e-up! starting with Germany, followed by other European markets gradually.
The e-up! is available in a single Style Plus trim in Germany, with prices starting at €26,895 (US$ 30,435) including VAT but excluding a bonus of about €9,000. Its closest competitor is, of course, the Dacia Spring, which starts at €17,390 (US$ 19,680) in France, including VAT but excluding a bonus of €4,695. But anyway, standard equipment includes 15-inch alloy wheels, a smartphone docking station inside, 6 speakers, front power windows, automatic air conditioning, airbags (front and side), ABS, ESC, Hill Start Assist, lane departure warning system, and TPMS.
The e-up!’s electric motor puts out 61 kW (83 metric hp) and a torque of 212 Nm (156 lb-ft). A 32.3 kWh battery pack is good for a WLTP combined range of up to 258 km (160 mi). The tiny BEV also boasts a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 11.9 seconds and a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).