VW e-Up! Charging Guide

The complete guide to charging your VW e-Up!, covering range, charging cost, charging time and more.

VW e-Up! Range

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.

VW e-Up! Charging Cost

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.

VW e-Up! Charge Time

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.

How to charge a VW e-Up!

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.

VW e-Up! Charger Cost

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