Volkswagen’s small electric car, the e-up!, is available to order once more. While rumours of its comeback have been around since January, Volkswagen is now taking orders of the popular electric vehicle (EV) again in Germany, and the e-up! will gradually be rolled out in other European markets.
For many drivers, the electric VW model served as an entry into e-mobility. The city specialist offers extensive standard equipment, space for four people and an impressive range. To date, over 80,000 of the vehicle have been sold around the world and, in Germany, the e-up! came in second place in 2021 for fully electric vehicles with the most new registrations.
With the popularity of the car causing delivery times to rise to up to 16 months, VW temporarily stopped taking new orders for the e-up! at the end of 2020, although production continued throughout 2021 to process the order backlog. Now that the order backlog has been processed successfully, the model from the segment below the ID.3 is available to order again in Germany and will gradually be rolled out in other European markets. VW did not specify when the vehicles ordered will be delivered.
In addition, the e-up! Style Plus is also available to order, featuring electric drive power of 61 kW and a maximum WLTP range of up to 160 miles. The e-up! is equipped with the CCS charging socket as standard in this configuration. With the maximum 40 kW charging power, a charging process to 80% takes around 60 minutes. With alternating current, an 80% charge with 7.2 kW power takes a little longer than four hours.
To date, Volkswagen has sold more than half a million fully electric vehicles worldwide – including the 263,000 new BEVs registered in 2021 alone. As part of the company’s ACCELERATE strategy, the proportion of BEVs is to rise to at least 70% of all Volkswagen brand deliveries in Europe by 2030. The company also intends to be net carbon-neutral by 2050.