Electric e-up! has been produced since 2013 and in 2019 it underwent an update. Immediately after that, the demand for the model soared: if by the time of restyling its total sales for previous years amounted to only 21 thousand copies, and after the update, Volkswagen collected more than 33 thousand orders.
The plant in Bratislava (Slovakia), where the production of electric cars is established, was not designed to assemble such a number of cars. The coronavirus pandemic also played a role, due to which the company was unable to quickly increase production volumes. In this situation, Volkswagen felt that it was more appropriate to suspend the acceptance of new applications.