The battery upgrade for the Volkswagen e-Up will still come

2016 Volkswagen e-up

Many people were disappointed because the recent Volkswagen e-Up’s facelift didn’t bring more range and more battery capacity.

But I have no reasons to believe that Volkswagen’s plans to increase the little e-Up range changed.


Volkswagen’s plan in 2014 for future battery upgrades


You can see the Volkswagen’s plans for “Future Mobility” in the document in the link provided.

The only minor change in the plans, was actually a good one. Volkswagen was planing to release minor battery upgrades each year, with the final planned upgrade being the 36 Ah cells. But Volkswagen’s diesel scandal made the company put a little more effort in electric cars. Now the plan is to skip all the intermediate upgrades directly to 37 Ah cells. Actually, it could even be better if Volkswagen was serious about electric cars. The planned battery upgrade for the Volkswagen e-Golf is 35,8 kWh, that’s sill far from the 55,7 kWh battery prototype Kreisel Electric made for it…


Volkswagen e-Golf with a 55,7 kWh Kreisel battery and 106 kW fast charging capability. Good for 435 km NEDC range


Back to the Volkswagen e-Up.

With the new 37 Ah cells the battery capacity will increase from 18,7 kWh to 27,6 kWh. More than the current Volkswagen e-Golf’s battery capacity that is only 24,2 kWh. How much sense would it make to allow the entry level car surpass the e-Golf range?

With the new battery coming to Volkswagen e-Golf later this year (around December), the new battery for the e-Up will come next. Don’t worry about it. Volkswagen is a very big and lethargic company, they act slowly but they do act.

But it isn’t all good news. I was expecting the Seat e-Mii and Skoda e-Citigo join the Volkswagen e-Up brother much sooner to introduce affordable prices. But now the German Auto Magazine, Auto Bild, says that we should expect them only in 2020. This is another proof that Volkswagen is clearly comfortable in selling polluting cars, even if it means to cheat emission regulatory mechanisms and become even more despised by the environmentally conscious citizens.



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  1. ” I was expecting the Seat e-Mii and Skoda e-Citigo join the Volkswagen e-Up brother much sooner to introduce affordable prices. But now the German Auto Magazine, Auto Bild, says that we should expect them only in 2020.”

    It doesn’t make sence to introduce a low cost car as long as the cost of batteries still is high. Then you will just end up with an “expensive” car that looks cheep.

  2. I think, in the end Volkswagen cares about profits. And therefore sales number multiplied by profit per car. As long as ICE cars can be sold in quantities and with good profit, they will do just that. Last results showed good VW sales, but sinking profits per ICE car. A first signal.

    As soon as the market really dislikes ICE cars and wants BEVs and in case their competition (e.g. iMiev, Smart ed/Twingo ZE, Zoe, ioniq, Leaf, e-Ampera/Bolt, Model III) brings real profit to competitors (this means: good sales with low vendor rebates), then they will act. It’s their fast-follower strategy. In this regard, the current Volkswagen BEVs (e-Up, e-Golf) can be regarded as preparational conversion cars lowering overall EU fleet emissions rating.

    And just like you, Pedro, wait for VW Nils, Opel Rake and Co: Twizy was no success for Renault-Nissan (sales, profits), so the other vendors do not bring their prototypes to series production.

    You Pedro want to push EVs forward, however major car vendors want to push EVs into the opposite direction. 🙂 As BEVs demand a major change in their business, from construction to supply chain to production and service.

  3. It will be very interesting for me, if Volkswagen will make an offer to existing EV costumers to upgrade their battery. Renault, Nissan and BMW do so, but more or less attractive. I drive an e-up! and in general I’m satisfied with the range, knowing that a fast charge is done in less than 20 minutes. But since I start enjoying journeys with a travel distance of 500 km and more with this car, a bit more driving range or higher travel speed would be a nice feature. And for short distance trips of around 100 km it is preferred to do them on a single charge, even under cold weather conditions with extensive use of comfort features such as the cabinet heater. With the 37 Ah battery cells it is really easy to manage. Anyway, if VW will make this come true, I expect costs for exchanging the battery of around 5.000 Euro, maybe more. Meanwhile the fast charging infrastructure becomes better and better so even with the small battery the usability of the car will improve.

    Surprise me, VW.

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