Charging your electric car is quicker than you think
With our electric cars capable of charging to 80% in just 30 minutes, it's easy to make sure you're never running on empty.
A few things that affect charge times
First things first: you'll need to get familiar with the different types of connector you'll be using to charge your car. They're the main factor in how long charging will take. The image above shows you the three main connector types, and you can read more about connection types here. Each one gives you a different charging speed.
Depending on your car’s battery size and the speed of your charging point, charging your car can take as little as 30 minutes or up to 17 hours. It all boils down to the voltage (kW) and the current (Amps) which varies depending on whether you’re using a wall box, charge point connector or a rapid charge point connector.
Charge times for the e-up!
One of the most popular and time-efficient ways of charging your e-up! is to do it while you sleep. Plug your car in when you get home, and if you just use mains electicity it will be fully charged 10 hours later, ready for your morning journeys. But if you get closer to 6 hours of shut eye then a wall-mounted box is a quicker option to get your car fully charged by the time you wake.
If time is of the essence then a rapid charging point can get you up to 100% charge in an impressive 30-45 minutes.
Charge times for the e-Golf
Charging your e-Golf all depends on what kind of power supply you have installed at home. A 3-pin plug* will take 17 hours, so while it’s the most widely available type of connector, it’s definitely not the quickest. To shave some valuable time off powering up, you could install a wall box which gets you up to 100% in 10 hours and 50 minutes (assuming it’s a 16 Amp and 3.6kW supply), or 5 hours and 20 minutes if it’s a 32 Amp and 7.2 kW supply.
But if it’s speed you’re after then a rapid charging point is the one for you. The quickest charge time is an hour if it’s 32A and a super speedy 45 minutes if it’s 125A. So you can make a cup of coffee, have a sit down and be ready to hit the road before you know it.
Charge times for the Golf GTE
Charging your Golf GTE at home is incredibly quick and easy; even when using your standard 3-pin plug it takes as little as 3 hours 45 minutes. If time is of the essence then a wall box can get you up to 100% in as little 2 hours and 15 minutes (assuming it’s 16A and 2.7kW).
Charge times for the Passat GTE saloon
It doesn’t take long to charge up your Passat GTE saloon from home. You can get 100% charge in just 4 hours 15 minutes using your standard 3 pin plug socket. So while you’re getting your 8 hours sleep, your car’s recharging too - just in half the time.
But if it’s something quicker you’re after, then why not install a wall box? They’re faster than your regular 3-pin plug and can get your Passat fully charged in as little as 2 hours 30 minutes, whether it’s 16A and 37kW or 32A and 7kW.
Charge times for the Passat GTE estate
When charging your Passat GTE estate, you can get up to 100% charge in just 4 hours 15 minutes using your standard 3 pin plug socket. We recommend plugging your vehicle in while you’re getting a good night’s sleep so that it’s ready and raring to go by morning.
But if it’s something quicker you’re after, then why not install a wall box? They’re faster than your regular 3-pin plug and can get your Passat fully charged in as little as 2 hours 30 minutes, whether it’s 16A or 32A and 3.7kW or 7kW.
*Home charging using a domestic socket will depend on the condition and suitability of the wiring in your home. Always consult a qualified electrician before charging when using a domestic socket for the first time, or, if the socket is to be used as the primary source of charging. Domestic sockets on the same circuit as other appliances, particularly those in frequent use, will draw additional amperage which may result in a breaker switch being 'tripped'. Establishing a separate circuit for home charging will help ensure your electric vehicle is supplied with a consistent, uninterrupted current. For optimum charging, we recommend installing an electric vehicle charging point at home.