The electric version of VW’s up!, the e-up!, goes on sale on 2nd December with prices starting at £19,250 including the £5,000 Government grant.

First deliveries are expected to start by the end of January.

The e-up has a range of up to 93 miles and can be recharged via a standard 13-amp socket in just under nine hours.

UK customers be offered a wall box for installation at home, and this provides a 3.6kW supply than can dispense a full charge in around six hours.

The e-up is powered by a 60kW (82PS) electric motor with juice supplied from a 374V 18.7kWh lithium-ion battery.

It can accelerate from 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds and has a top speed of 81mph.

The e-up’s driving experience is set to be more engaging than the usual point-and-squirt electric affair.  For example, three driving modes are available: normal, Eco and Eco+, the latter two restrict peak power to 50kW and 40kW respectively, adjust throttle response and reduce or disable air conditioning system output.

In addition, in place of a gear lever drivers will find a selection of regenerative braking modes – D, D1, D2, D3 and B.  In D, the vehicle will coast if there is no pressure on the accelerator, while the other modes yield ever-increasing degrees of regenerative braking to help recharge the batteries.  In D2, D3 and B modes, the brake lights illuminate automatically as the driver lifts their foot from the accelerator pedal.

To differentiate the e-up from the rest of the Up! range, the electric model features C-shaped DRLs, 15-inch alloy wheels, blue highlights to the interior trim and bespoke badging.

Standard equipment includes heated front seats, cruise control, satellite navigation, heated windscreen, DAB digital radio, climate control and a variety of electronic safety systems.

The battery comes with its own eight-year 100,000-mile warranty while servicing is required every 10,000 miles or every year.