Volkswagen e-UP! (2020) Guide

Volkswagen e-UP! (2020) Guide

Cute, compact and speedy, the Volkswagen e-UP! is the flagship model in the trio of electrified city cars offered by the VW Group. This update provides almost twice as much range and rapid charging while retaining its high-quality feel and spirited, agile drive. The only let down is the AC single-phase charging rate of 3.7kW. Nevertheless, the VW badge, good looks and robust range will prove more than enough for many city drivers.

Electric Range

162 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge


Battery Size

36.8 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

10 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS max 50kW

OLEV Approved


Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Volkswagen e-UP!

The e-UP! Electric comes with a battery size of 36.8kWh and has an official WLTP range of 162 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger and this is where the e-UP! becomes a little complicated. It has a max AC one-phase rate of 3.7kW, this means on a charge point installed at home (or any other one-phase charge point), the e-UP! will take around 9 hours to charge from 0% to 100%.

It does, however, have a max AC three-phase rate of 7.2kW. If you charge using a three-phase 11kW charging point, the e-UP! will charge from 0% to 100% in around 5 hours.

The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £5.15.

For when you’re on the go, the e-UP! has onboard rapid charging capabilities with a max DC rate of 50kW. When plugged into a 50kW charge point the e-UP! will go from 20% charge to 80% in around 30 minutes – handy for those longer commutes.

Charging Times for SE L**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 17h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = 10h for 0-100%
  • 7.4kW (3-phase) = 5h for 0-100%
  • 11kW (3-phase) = 5h for 0-100%
  • 100kW = 30m for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a Volkswagen e-UP!

Classified as a BEV, the e-UP! produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, this great little city car qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

What are people saying about the Volkswagen e-UP!?

City cars are ripe for electrification. It makes sense. Commutes are often frequent but shorter, navigating traffic becomes much more comfortable with the instant electrifying acceleration, and everyone wants (needs) cleaner air in the cities and towns in which they work and live. The e-UP! excels in the city. It has everything you’ll ever need to make those trips around town. The 162-mile range will, for many city dwellers, adequately cover the entire weeks’ mileage, requiring a top-up just once a week.

Despite the change in fuel source, the e-UP! remains the same as the combustion engine model. It has a high-quality build and finishes to it, with a sleek interior that still feels quite traditional. If you’re in the market for a city EV that doesn’t necessarily look like an EV, the e-UP! could be what you’re looking for. There is no Tesla-style tablet infotainment system, despite it becoming the industry standard in new EV’s; instead, VW has installed a docking station for your smartphone – arguably the best infotainment system around.

The e-UP! is just one offering among what is becoming an increasingly competitive city EV landscape. From the new Renault Zoe, MINI Electric and the closely related SEAT Mii and SKODA CITIGOe, the e-UP! needs to perform to stay relevant. That it does, it’s a nifty little car, perfect for darting around town. The lack of fast AC charging is a shame, plus the higher price point for a similar package to its rivals may rule it out for many. It depends on the driver’s priorities. Range over performance? The badge over charging capabilities? If you just stick to the e-UP!’s strengths, it does make for a persuasive EV.