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VW e-up! electric city car costs £24,250

Sat, 30 Nov 2013

VW e-up! electric city car costs £24,250

The Volkswagen e-up! (we’ve already done the northern jokes) was revealed back in March as VW’s weapon of choice for the electric city car market and now, with the e-up! dues to go on sale next week, VW has revealed it will cost £24,250. But once you’ve got the taxpayer bribe for electric cars the e-up! will actually cost £19,250, which is a thumping £19k more than the entry-level up! Take up 1.0 costs.

The nearest rival to the e-up! – the Renault Zoe – costs almost £5k less than the e-up!, but the Zoe doesn’t include batteries in the price – they’ll cost you from £70 a month – whereas the e-up! does.

With an electric motor delivering 81bhp the e-up! can – under ideal conditions – deliver a range of 93 miles and will zip around town very well, with a full recharge taking around nine hours once you’ve drained the batteries, six hours with the optional wall box or an 80 per cent quick charge in 30 minutes.

To extend the range a bit, the e-up! comes with two eco driving modes, with the ECO mode cutting power to 67bhp and turning down the power available to stuff like the AirCon, and ECO+ going further still by dropping power to 54bhp and turning off the AirCon completely. You might be better off walking.

Just one spec is available for the e-up!, but it does include AirCon, heated front seats (won’t that hurt the range in winter?), heated windscreen (ditto), DAB, Cruise and SatNav. But you will have a choice of colour.

The VW e-up! EV goes on sale on December 2nd with first UK deliveries expected in January 2014.

By Cars UK