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.
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…
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.