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Sales begin of electric-powered Volkswagen Up

The all-electric Volkswagen E-Up goes on sale today priced at £19,250 including the £5,000 Government grant for low emission vehicles.

It is available from 24 Volkswagen EV specialist retailers across the UK, with the first deliveries expected at the end of January.

Based on the multi-award-winning Up city car, the zero tailpipe emissions E-Up comes in one high-specification trim level. 

Depending on driving style, charge level and ambient conditions, it has a maximum potential range of 93 miles, says Volkswagen.

In the UK e-up! customers will be offered an optional wall box for home garage use, which can recharge a completely flat battery in six hours. 

On top of this, all e-up!s have a DC fast-charging circuit as standard, which uses the Combined Charging System to enable a flat battery to be charged to 80% in 30 minutes.

The e-up! can achieve a top speed of 81 mph and covers zero to 62 mph in 12.4 seconds.

Externally, the e-up! can be identified by badges on the front wings and bootlid, as well as by distinctive C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and 15-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the bespoke upholstery is edged in blue, while the leather-covered steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake all have blue stitching.

On top of the standard specification of the range-topping petrol-powered High up! model, which includes kit such as heated front seats, cruise control and the Maps and More navigation system, the E-Up adds 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 electric city car comes with a standard three-year warranty, and the vehicle’s battery comes with an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty, while the standard service interval is 10,000 miles or one year, whichever comes soonest.

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