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Volkswagen e-Up to cost £19,250

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The Volkswagen Up model range is to get a brand-new addition, in the form of an all-electric version.

Named the e-Up, it is fitted with an 18.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor, which develops the equivalent of 81bhp and 155lb ft of torque – making it more powerful than the conventional petrol powered version.
 
The battery pack, which is situated in the car’s floor for a lower centre of gravity, gives the e-Up a range of 93 miles in optimal conditions. Volkswagen claims a top speed of 81mph, and a 0-62mph sprint time of 12.4 seconds.
 
Aside from electric-oriented dials, a cable connection in place of a fuel filler, blue stitching on the seats and some LED rear lights, the e-Up is no different from its combustion-engined counterpart, with no major external styling differences, and no cabin space taken up by the bulky batteries.
 
Just one trim level is available – a top of the range spec which builds on the ‘High Up’ equipment list of the regular model by including a new driver information system which shows where the nearest public charging points are and how far the car will travel on its remaining charge.
 
Order books are open now, and the first customer cars are expected for delivery in February. Customers will be able to purchase a wall-mounted fast charging box as an optional extra, which allows for a full recharge in six hours. The e-Up can also be charged - albeit more slowly - from a conventional domestic three-pin plug.
 
The e-Up is being sold exclusively through 24 of VW’s UK dealer network. It is offered with a three-year mechanical warranty, while the expensive battery pack is covered for eight years.


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