New Volkswagen e-up! to deliver 160-mile range

Second-generation Volkswagen e-up! will be cheaper than before and offer almost twice the range

The forthcoming second-generation Volkswagen e-up! – debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show – is promised to deliver around 160 miles of range.

Volkswagen has increased the battery capacity for the new model from 18.7 to 32.3kWh, which it claims raises the range from 99 miles to 162 miles. It can also be charged to 80% battery capacity in 60 minutes when plugged into a 40kW DC fast charger.

Volkswagen has also dropped the price for its electric city car in Germany. UK prices haven’t been announced yet, but in its home market it'll starts at €21,975 before government subsidies. We expect it to start at £23,000 in the UK (or £19,500 after the plug-in car grant).

First deliveries of the new e-up! are expected in the UK from spring 2020. The 82bhp electric motor from the previous e-up! has been carried over, but acceleration has been marginally improved, with 0-62mph now half a second quicker at 11.9 seconds. Top speed is 81mph.

Volkswagen claims it'll be able to sell this e-up! for less than before due to the economies of scale of producing high numbers of electric cars. Next year, its ID:3 hatchback will go on sale, followed by a raft of pure electric cars including SUV and Polo-sized models by 2023.

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Standard equipment for the new e-up! will include automatic air-conditioning, a docking station for your smartphone, allowing it to handle navigation, media, radio and displays for battery state and range. There’s also DAB radio, Bluetooth and a lane-departure warning system.  A higher-spec e-up! Style model will offer more features and personalisation options.

Back in January, the outgoing e-up! was "closed for ordering" in the UK due to long delivery lead times. Only 27 e-up! models were sold in the UK in 2018. Currently, the e-Golf, which recently had a price reduction, is the only electric car in Volkswagen's stable.