Charging Electric Vehicles
Charging the e-up!It’s all in the plugs
The e-up!, as Volkswagen’s first high-volume production electric car, doesn’t require conventional fuel any more. Instead, it needs electricity to charge its battery with energy. The energy stored by the high-voltage or traction battery, can be charged with either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). The greatest advantage of DC charging (at 40 kilowatts) is that 80percent of the charging capacity can be restored in 30 minutes, significantly faster than AC-charging (at 3.6 kilowatts).
The e-up! can optionally be charged with either direct or alternating current through the same plug with the Combo Type 2 connector – although only AC charging is equipped as standard.
The e-up! offers a matching AC charging cable as standard for charging at home or during the night. This can be connected to a conventional, technically faultless electrical outlet in a normal domestic electrical infrastructure, at a charging rate of up to 2.3 kilowatts. This means that the vehicle can be charged almost anywhere. Anyone charging the car regularly at the same spot, for example in a residential garage, can make use of a comfortable AC-Wall box with a charging rate of 3.6 kilowatts. This shortens the charging time to less than seven hours and is ideal for overnight charging. DC charging is ideal for topping up some energy while out shopping or when returning from work (where charging points are available).