VOLKSWAGEN has confirmed UK pricing for the all-electric e-Up city car, with deliveries expected by the end of January.After accounting for the £5,000 government grant towards plug-in electric vehicles, the e-Up will cost from £19,250 on the road, which is more than double the price tag of a mid-range petrol-powered Up.

The car, which is capable of 81mph thanks to an 81bhp electric motor, can theoretically achieve more than 90 miles on a single charge, although owners are more likely to get around 70 with careful use.

Its performance exceeds that of the petrol Up, though, with a 0-62mph time of 12.4 seconds and, crucially, a 0-30mph time of around four seconds.

There are several ways that drivers of the e-Up can improve their range, including Eco and Eco+ modes that limit maximum power from the motor, modify throttle response and alters or disables the air conditioning.

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

A DC fast-charging circuit will be supplied as standard, enabling the e-Up to charge from flat to 80% in 30 minutes, but a conventional three-pin wall charger will also be offered as an option.

The e-Up will have a single specification level, which has more equipment than even the range-topping High Up model from the petrol-powered range.

The e-Up’s extra equipment includes a heated windscreen, DAB digital radio with six-speaker Sound Pack, City Emergency Braking system, rear parking sensors and an electronic climate control system.

The standard sat-nav includes electric charging point location data to help owners find somewhere to top up their power, and there are also controls for pre-heating or cooling the car during its charging cycle.

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