VW e-Up! Charging Guide
The complete guide to charging your VW e-Up!, covering range, charging cost, charging time and more.
The VW e-Up! has a 18.7kWh battery which provides up to 93 miles of range on a single charge. This figure may be affected by environmental factors (e.g. ambient temperature) as well as your driving style, but a typical 20 mile commute would easily be covered by the e-Up's range.
The cost of charging a VW e-Up! in the UK varies depending on the location and speed of the charger, but charging at home is the most cost-effective way to charge and many public charging points are free to use. Charging at home costs as little as 2p per mile:
- Typical overnight electricity rate of 10p per kWh
- Charging a VW e-Up! therefore costs only 2p per mile
- Based on an average 20 mile daily commute, this equates to only 40p per day
Click here to read more about the cost of charging an electric car.
Charging your VW e-Up! at home with a standard 3 pin plug can take anywhere between 12 and 15 hours, whereas using a dedicated home charging point takes only 4 to 6 hours. The e-Up! can only charge at a rate of 3.7kW and so cannot take full advantage of a 7kW home charging point, but the 7kW option is ideal for future-proofing your home for your next plug-in vehicle or for charging other plug-in cars.
|3.7kW charging point||4-6 hours|
|7kW charging point||4-6 hours|
Click here to read more about how long it takes to charge an electric car.
Charging your VW e-Up! can be done anywhere with access to a reliable electrical supply, but the vast majority of charging takes place with dedicated electric vehicle charging points.
- Home charging points is where most electric car charging takes place, as your vehicle can be plugged in overnight for a full charge every morning.
- Destination charging points at places like supermarkets and car parks are available across the UK and are often free to use for the duration of your stay.
- Workplace charging points are becoming more common and are often offered as a staff incentive, but some employers may use time-related fees to encourage chargepoint sharing throughout the working day.
- Rapid charging points are designed to charge your car’s battery to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes and are usually found at motorway service stations.
Charging a VW e-Up! at home is usually done through a dedicated home charging point, which comes with a one-off cost for purchase and installation. A government grant (known as the OLEV grant) is available for £500 towards this cost.
- 3.7kW charging point typically costs around £390 installed
- 7kW charging point typically costs around £485 installed
- All prices quoted include the £500 OLEV grant