Order books for the new Volkswagen e-up! are now open, with prices starting from £19,250, including the £5,000 government grant.
The e-up! is powered by an 81bhp electric motor which produces 155lb-ft of torque, giving a 0-37mph time of 4.9 seconds, a 0-62mph time of 12.4 seconds and a top speed of 81mph.
The power for the electric motor comes from a lithium-ion battery which Volkswagen claims is good for a range of up to 93 miles. The battery can be recharged from flat from a standard 240V socket in around nine hours but buyers will also be offered an optional wall box for garage use which provides a 3.6kW electricity supply. With this, the e-up! can be recharged fully in just six hours.
Drivers will be able to choose between three different driving modes. In addition to the standard driving mode, the e-up! has two economy modes: Eco and Eco+. In Eco, the car's power output is slashed to 49bhp, the output of the air-conditioning system is lowered and the throttle response is modified. Eco+ slashes the motor's power to 39bhp, disables the air-con entirely and further modifies throttle response.
The e-up! can be distinguished from other models in the up! range by the badges on the front wings and bootlid, its new C-shaped LED daytime-running lights and by its 15-inch 'Tezzle' alloy wheels. Inside, the upholstery is edged in blue and the leather steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake all have blue stitching.
Just one trim level will be on offer, which includes all the kit included as standard on the petrol-powered High up! model as well as a heated windscreen, DAB radio, a six-speaker Sound Pack, emergency braking, rear parking sensors and an electronic climate control system.
The first deliveries are expected at the end of January 2014.
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