Electric car buyers guide
The e-up! is the electric version of Volkswagen’s multi-award-winning city car. The e-up! has all the attributes that make its petrol-powered sibling such a success – room for four adults and their luggage, nippy handling and the equipment and feel of a much larger car.
Based on the multi-award-winning Golf hatchback, the e-Golf offers the same virtues of practicality, refinement and advanced technology, but with a purely electric drivetrain and no tailpipe emissions.
The name of Golf GTE reflects its standing in the line-up alongside the petrol-powered GTI and diesel GTD, while its pricing also reinforces this position. The new car is driven by two engines: a 1.4-litre 150 PS TSI direct-injection petrol engine and a 102 PS electric motor. Together, they produce a maximum power of 204 PS and a theoretical range of 580 miles.
For more information visit the Golf GTE overview page.
The eagerly awaited Passat GTE plug in hybrid is now available to order. Like the Golf GTE, it has two engines: a 1.4 litre 156 PS TSI direct injection and a 115 PS electric motor, producing a maximum of 218PS when combined. The Passat GTE will be available in both Saloon and Estate forms and will have a 0-62 mph time of 7.4 seconds. Click for Passat GTE or Passat Estate GTE full details.
Volkswagen e-Solutions finance is all about offering you flexibility; this unique plan has been designed that should the vehicle not suit your lifestyle, you can to hand it back after 12 months. Not only that, but your deposit and monthly repayments are tailored to what you decide to do with the car at the end of the agreement. By paying a small deposit (as little as a single month’s repayment) and a repayment period from 18 months right up to four years, you can get a plan individually suited to your needs.
All of our electric cars have a 3-year/60,000 miles warranty (whichever is soonest), a 3-year paintwork warranty and a 12-year body protection warranty. The Battery has a guarantee for eight years or 99,360 miles (whichever comes first) on all material or manufacturing defects.
Volkswagen currently has 25 Retailers dedicated to help you with electric vehicle queries, sales and aftersales. To find your nearest e-Mobility Retailer use our Find a Retailer tool with “Electric Vehicles” selected in the “Services offered” filter.
A wall-box provides you with higher charging performance and consequently shorter charging time than a mains socket.
For information on charging, download our guide on How to charge an e-up!
Volkswagen UK has partnered with POD Point to meet all your home charging needs. POD Point’s experts can supply and install a home charging point to help you get the most out of your plug-in hybrid, and you can also benefit from a government grant of up to £500. To find out more, Explore POD point
Be part of the Electric Nation Community
If you’re buying or leasing an electric vehicle (EV) – including pure electric and plug-in hybrid – you’re invited to become part of the Electric Nation community. If you join Electric Nation you will get a free* smart charger. The Electric Nation project is trialling a smart charging solution so you’ll also be helping to make sure our electricity networks can cope with the increasing numbers of electric vehicles expected in the future. Participation in the Electric Nation trial will be limited to those living in the Midlands, South West and South Wales. For more information and to apply visit Electric Nations website.
Ecotricity & Green energy
If you’re thinking of buying an electric car – and becoming an early adopter of this wonderful technology – we’re sure you want a cleaner, better world. But, for an electric vehicle to run emission free, one vital piece of the jigsaw is often overlooked. Where does your electricity come from? Two thirds of our electricity currently comes from fossil fuels - but there is a greener option.
Ecotricity, the green energy company, has come together in partnership with Volkswagen to bring you the answer.
With a fleet of wind and solar parks, Ecotricity makes renewable energy from the elements – the Wind and the Sun – both limitless and clean in their supply. And they have just one simple 100% Green Electricity tariff – that supplies nearly 100,000 customers across the UK.
As an energy company Ecotricity is unlike any other. They take the money their customers spend on their electricity and gas bills and use it to build more sources of renewable energy.
This is called ‘Bills into Mills’ – turning energy bills into windmills and sunmills. And over the last nine years they’ve spent over £280 per customer, per year, doing so – that’s more than all of the other energy companies in Britain put together, bar none.
Switch to Ecotricity and you’ll enjoy the equivalent of 1,000 free miles of electricity compared to Ecotricity’s standard Green Electricity tariff*. They’ll also install a free smart meter for you if you’d like one.
*You’ll need to send us a copy of your car’s log book (V5C certificate) to be eligible for this tariff. The Green Electricity + Car tariff only applies to one electricity account – registered at the address stated on your V5C.
The government provides a grant towards the cost of each new electric (plug-in) car you buy, if it meets certain conditions. Visit the government website for the latest information. From March 1 2016, 2 grant rates will be available. ‘Category 1’ cars with a zero emission range of over 70 miles will receive a grant of £4,500. ‘Category 2 and 3’ cars with a shorter zero emission range, such as plug-in hybrid vehicles with a petrol or diesel engine, will receive £2,500. The ‘cost’ is the full purchase price you pay for the basic vehicle - including number plates, vehicle excise duty and VAT. It doesn’t include any optional extras, e.g. delivery charges or first registration fee.
How does recharging work?
An electric socket. The power point and electrical installation have to be in good working order and checked by a professional electrician. Simply plug in when you come home in the evening and drive off fully recharged in the morning. It’s faster with a wall box, which can be ordered through a Volkswagen dealer. Or you can fill up at a public DC quick-charge station. For more information on charging, download our guide on how to charge an e-up! below.
How long does it take to charge the e-up!?
Depending on where you fill up, charging time takes between less than 30 minutes and up to 12 hours.
- Household power point: 10 to 12 hours
- Wallbox: 6 to 8 hours
- CCS charging station: up to 30 minutes
Are Electric cars not advisable for commuters, because of their restricted range?
Electric vehicles have a range of 160 kilometres and more. Studies show that 80 percent of all drivers, commuters and frequent drivers don’t drive more than 50 kilometres per day.
How long does it take to charge the Golf GTE?
Charging time varies between 2 hours 15 minutes and 3 hours 45 minutes.
- Household power point: 2 hours 15 minutes.
- Wallbox: 3 hours 45 minutes.
Please refer to your Volkswagen Owner's manual for official guidance on use and operation of all our technology.