VW has announced plans to introduce a scheme where owners of the e-up! city car will be allowed free use of a conventionally-powered vehicle for longer journeys. It’s available as part of VW’s ‘supplementary mobility package’ but is currently only on offer in Germany.
The idea of the package is to reduce the burden of the limited range associated with electric vehicles. The offer will allow owners to lease a larger or conventionally-powered vehicle for carrying bigger items or covering longer distances for up to 30 days of the year.
Currently available to new and current e-up! owners, buyers have up to three years after the purchase of the car to take up the offer. VW won’t charge customers a fee for the service but there is an undisclosed mileage limit before charges occur.
Prices for the VW e-up! start from £19,250 – inclusive of the £5,000 government grant – with first deliveries beginning in February. It’s powered by an 81bhp electric motor, with VW claiming the e-up! is able to cover up to 93 miles on a single charge – which takes around nine hours from a standard household socket. An optional charging wall box for UK customers is available, which can completely recharge the battery from flat in six hours.
As yet, there is no word on the ‘supplementary mobility package’ being made available in the UK.