Volkswagen reveals e-Up pricing

Volkswagen reveals e-Up pricing

German automaker Volkswagen has finally announced pricing for its all-electric e-Up city car.

The new kid on the block will cost from £19,250 on the road, including the £5,000 government grant towards plug-in electric vehicles, making it more than double the price tag of a mid-range petrol-powered Up.

But it certainly supersedes the petrol version Up when it comes to performance, accelerating from 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds and 0-30mph in around four seconds.

The car, which is capable of 81mph thanks to an 81bhp electric motor under the hood, can theoretically achieve more than 90 miles on a single charge.

Range can be improved by selecting the Eco and Eco+ modes that limit maximum power from the motor, modify throttle response and alter or disable the air conditioning.

In addition, drivetrain mode D on the automatic, single-speed gearbox provides no regenerative braking, while D1, D2, D3 and B offer increasing amounts of resistance and recoup more and more energy into the battery.

This is particularly useful on long, downhill stretches where energy can be regained effectively for free.

Drivers in the UK will have to wait to get their hands on the all-electric e-Up, however, with the first deliveries expected by the end of January.

Copyright Press Association 2013