Next Green Car – City Car Awards 2014
With its UK launch in January, the e-up! is Volkswagen’s first fully electric vehicle. Powered by a 60 kW (81 bhp) electric motor, the small four-seater has an official range of 93 miles, a top speed of 81 mph and zero tailpipe emissions, making it ideal as a city run around. As well as having slow AC (3kW) and fast AC (22kW) charging capability, it can also be rapid charged (50kW DC) to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. The e-UP has all the hallmarks you would expect from a quality Volkswagen with an 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty on the battery. Priced from £19,525 including the Government's Plug-in Car Grant.
NGC verdict: "With the e-up!, Volkswagen has produced a high quality, practical and affordable electric city car which is perfect for zero-emission urban driving where space is a premium."
"We’re delighted to have won this award. The e-up! combines all the features which have made the standard Up so popular – compact body with impressive interior space and big car levels of comfort and refinement – with an all-electric drive-train. A range of up to 99 miles and a choice of charging options mean its a great choice for commuters. The e-up! was our first all-electric car and we hope its success in these awards will be repeated by our e-Golf as well as the Golf and Passat GTE PHEVs when they are available next year."
Sally-Anne Norris, Product Manager for the Volkswagen e-up!
Renault’s new Twingo is a charm to drive and more spacious than existing triplet rivals, the Citroen C1, Peugeot 108, and Toyota Aygo. Developed in partnership with Mercedes, the Twingo shares over half of its philosophy and components with the new Smart Forfour, including its rear-mounted three-cylinder 90 bhp petrol engine. Performance with start-stop includes an official combined fuel economy of 67 MPG, a top speed of 94 mph and CO2 emissions of only 95 g/km, making the Twingo zero-rated for car tax. Priced from £9,495 (Start-Stop from £10,995).
*TBC – To be confirmed
**If powered using renewable (e.g. wind, solar) electricity