Some people think that keeping an electric or hybrid car charged requires careful planning. But if you speak to someone who owns an electric, they'll tell you it's quick and simple. There are a few things you need to know about charging times, and we've explained them all below.
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.
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.
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.
Charging your e-Golf all depends on what kind of power supply you have installed at home. A 3-pin plug1 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.
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).
Charging your Passat GTE Saloon all depends on what kind of power supply you have installed at home. A 3-pin plug1 will take 5 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 3 hours 30 minutes (assuming it’s a 16 Amp and 3.6kW supply).
When charging your Passat GTE Estate, you can get up to 100% charge in just 5 hours using your standard 3 pin plug socket. To save time and ensure the safest charging method, you could install a home charge wall box which gets you up to 100% in 3 hours 30 minutes (assuming it’s a 16 Amp and 3.6kW supply). 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.