Malgorzata Ross in Berlin.
Malgorzata Ross in Berlin.
Electric cars are especially handy if you do several short journeys a day. Malgorzata, who lives in Berlin-Treptow, makes regular drives through the city and finds her car useful in all sorts of situations. For example, she says doing the family shop is no problem with the e-up!'s spacious boot. On top of that, the little dynamo makes running errands far more environmentally friendly.
MALGORZATA ROSS, aged 40, likes to combine practicality and pleasure. The e-up! is the answer to mastering the multiple demands of everyday family life, and also a way of collecting cool-points from the children, which can only be a good thing.
The first time Malgorzata Ross drove an e-up! sticks with for one reason in particular, one her children still find funny today. With an infectious laugh, she explained that once she’d started the car she didn’t notice for quite some time that the engine was running. It’s just that quiet. She’s been driving her agile little e-up! around the streets of Berlin since the end of 2014 and finds it ideal for taking on the big city, especially when going on lots of short journeys every day. The car is particularly useful for shuttling her kids to their many afterschool clubs: “In the afternoon there are sailing and music lessons. The e-up! is an amazing car for the city – and a first class kid-taxi.”
Malgorzata, who works as a project manager, and her husband had been toying with the idea of buying a smaller car for city driving, but it had to be a car that was ideal for short journeys. After test driving the e-up!, Malgorzata immediately made the decision to buy one. It was her husband Matthias who thought that they should have an electric model. As the managing director of a company that makes storage batteries for sustainable power line networks, he was intrigued to try out an electric vehicle for himself. “He wanted to know what electric cars had to offer”, she said. And as it turned out, the family’s new car could offer quite a lot. The Ross family were thrilled to discover that the e-up!'s battery has enough power to see them through their busy daily schedule. At the end of the day, Malgorzata charges it at home by simply plugging it into the garage socket – done! The Ross family have not only come to appreciate their newest member, they love it. Malgorzata is always pleasantly surprised at how much room there is in the boot. There’s plenty of space for the weekly shop, even with bulkier items such as bottle-crates. The children have become big fans of the e-up! too. They take pride in telling their friends how quiet and environmentally friendly the car is. Their parents’ environmental awareness has certainly rubbed off on them, which in part is thanks to the e-up!.