Volkswagen e-up! orders closed

Volkswagen has stopped taking orders for the all-electric e-up! city car, citing long lead times

The Volkswagen e-up! is “currently closed for ordering” in the UK due to long delivery lead times, it has been revealed.

The news was discovered on the brand’s website, and now Volkswagen has confirmed that the e-up! - previously one of the cheapest electric cars on sale, at £19,615 - is off sale until further notice.

“A significant surge in demand for the e-up! across the markets has resulted in our factories hitting their maximum production capacity,” a spokesperson for the German brand said. “Build times for new customers would therefore be too long so, to avoid disappointment, we have taken the decision to close ordering of the car.

“It is, for the time being, no longer possible to order a new e-up!. However, e-Golf remains available to order. We will re-open the ordering process as soon as is practicable.”

The e-up! boasted a range of up to 83 miles under the latest WLTP tests, and had its price dropped by £3,000 as recently as November, with additional kit becoming standard.

However, only 27 e-up!s were sold in the UK 2018, suggesting that the city car - which was originally launched in 2014 - has been struggling to compete with more advanced, longer-range models.

Volkswagen says lead times on orders already in the system stand at 16 weeks. It isn’t yet known when order books for the e-up! will re-open.

That leaves the e-Golf as the only electric car in Volkswagen’s stable for now, although the plug-in hybrid Golf and Passat GTE models are set for a return this year. Volkswagen is also set to launch its all-new, pure-electric I.D. hatchback in the next 12 months.