The All-Electric Volkswagen e-up! Hatchback: The Complete Guide For The UK

vw electric car
Price: £N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 32.3 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 159 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


Volkswagen AG, the Germany automotive group is one of the leading automotive companies in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. Volkswagen has committed to an investment up to Euro 30 billion by 2023. It aims to sell 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and launch up to 70 new EV models over the next 10 years.

With the launch of its electric vehicle ID. Family, VW is fast cementing a dominant position to become the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer by 2028, with the automotive behemoth planning to manufacturer 22 million electric vehicles. 

The automotive company currently has a number of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on sale, to include:

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For those of you new to zero-emission electric driving, we recommend a read of the following articles:

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The All-Electric Volkswagen e-up! Hatchback

The Volkswagen e-up! is a city car that was launched as an internal combustion engine (ICE) model in 2011. The battery-electric vehicle (BEV) variant was launched in 2013 at the International Motor Show Germany. The original pure electric e-up! had a 18.7 kWh lithium-ion EV battery. The second-generation all-electric VW e-up! was announced in 2019.

The compact EV has been positioned as a zero-emission city electric car. The VW electric hatchback is available in only one battery option (32.3 kWh), with a WLTP emission-free electric range up to 159 miles on a full charge. The EV is positioned primarily for urban driving, but given its range, is also useful for shorter motorway trips.

Of course, the real-world electric range will be lower than the quoted range. For those new to electric driving, it is worth noting that the real-world EV range is influenced by a number of factors. Some include: driving profile, weather conditions, road conditions, passenger load and regenerative braking profile!

For the VW electric hatchback, expect a real-world e-range closer to 135 miles. Sufficient electric range for most day-to-day driving needs and also motorway trips. Do keep in mind that the average distanced travelled in a day is a mere 30 miles and the majority of our commutes are short trips. In fact, the average trip in the UK is just 12 miles.

The EV has a single-phase 7.2 kW onboard charger. The EV can be fully charged via a dedicated residential EV charger in 5 hours and 30 minutes. We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight at home, when the electricity tariff rates are cheaper. We also encourage using solar energy to charge an electric car.

We discourage the use of a 3-PIN domestic plug for charging an electric car. We also encourage charging on a regular basis. This way, there is always available ‘electric miles’ and regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Volkswagen offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty.

The EV can be rapid fast charged up to 40 kW DC. Not the fastest, but given the EV battery size, it is appropriate. The EV can be charged from 10%-80% state-of-charge (SOC) in 48 minutes.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive Volkswagen e-up! can deliver 0-62 mph in 11.9 seconds. The electric car delivers a maximum power up to 82 PS and 210 Nm torque. The top speed of the EV is 81 mph. Of course, the EV also benefits from instant torque.

The VE electric e-up! is no longer available in the UK as a new car, but is available as a used electric car. For those keen on a used EV, simply email us at to enquire further. Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet.

A good option for pure electric city drivingLimited interior space
Decent EV range Not available as new
40 kW DC charging as standard Limited range for out of city trips


The All-Electric Volkswagen e-up! Hatchback (credit: VW)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
Volkswagen e-up! (from £ N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 32.3 kWh
Charging:40 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 48 mins). Onboard charger 7.2 kW AC (0%-100%: 5 hrs 30 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1492
Width (mm):1645
Length (mm):3600
Wheelbase (mm):2417
Turning Circle (m):9.8
Boot Capacity (L):250

VW e-up!
EV Battery Capacity:32.3 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):159 miles
Charging: 40 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 48 mins). Onboard charger 7.2 kW AC (0%-100%: 5 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:81 mph
0-62 mph:11.9 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):61
Max Power (PS):82
Torque (Nm): 210
Unladen Weight (kg):1,235
NCAP Safety Rating:Three-Star

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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