Volkswagen has announced UK pricing details for the e-up! which starts at 19,250 GBP, including a 5,000 GBP government grant.
The conventional-powered Volkswagen up! is priced in UK from 8,265 GBP for the base Take up! version while the electric version is a whopping 24,250 GBP before taking into account the government grant. Volkswagen did warn us in July the electric version is going to be 2.5 times more expensive, but in the end it turned out to be almost three times pricier if we don't consider the aforementioned grant.
Introduced in production guise at Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the e-up! will be sold exclusively with four doors and is powered by an electric motor generating 82 HP (60 kW) and 210 Nm (155 lb-ft). It comes with an 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which provides enough energy for 99 miles (160 km) "in optimum conditions." Charging the batteries will take less than nine hours from a 230-volt, 2.3 kW household socket.
In terms of performance, the electrified up! will do 0-37 mph (0-60 km/h) in 4.9 seconds, 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 12.4 seconds before hitting a maximum speed of 81 mph (130 km/h).
The e-up! is based on the High up! specification so it has heated front seats, cruise control and the Maps and More navigation system. It also comes with extra goodies such as DAB digital radio, rear parking sensors, electronic climate control system, Bluetooth connectivity, heated windscreen, City Emergency Braking system and a 6-speaker sound system.
The Volkswagen e-up! will be available on order in United Kingdom starting December 2, with deliveries to begin in late January 2014.
Additional details can be found in the press release area.