The VW e-Golf is one of the few EVs on sale that wasn’t designed specifically to be an electric model. It is clearly based on the conventional Golf, and this is often considered as a positive attribute for those looking into EV ownership but don’t want stand-out ‘futuristic’ styling inside and out. A recent battery and equipment upgrade has seen the VW e-Golf become a far more attractive proposition in the EV market, with official range upped from a relatively poor 118 miles, to a class matching 186 miles. Eligible for the OLEV Category 1 PiCG, worth £4,500 off the cost of a new e-Golf, the Volkswagen is also likely to entitle buyers to the £500 Electric Vehicle Homecharge Grant.
Next Green Car says: “The VW e-Golf is now the class leader . . . offering a good balance of all the main EV attributes, with few downsides.”
Find out more in the below Zap-Map VW e-Golf charging guide.
VW e-Golf Range
Official NEDC Range
VW e-Golf186 miles
VW e-Golf149 miles
VW e-Golf Charging inlets
The VW e-Golf uses the CCS charging standard, so only requires the one inlet. This incorporates a Type 2 inlet for slow and fast charging, with an additional expansion inlet attached to accept CCS rapid charger connectors.
|Type 2 – Slow & Fast||CCS – Rapid|
VW e-Golf Charging times
Below is a table showing approximately how long it will take to charge a VW e-Golf. Times are for a 100% charge for all but rapid charging, which is quoted at the usual 0-80%.
It is worth noting that these times are only a guide as very rarely will an EV driver want to charge from 0%, preferring instead to keep some battery charge in hand. Other factors that might vary the charging time – either reducing it or extending the time taken – include the issue of battery capacities having upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as maximum charge approaches.
The VW e-Golf is fitted with a 7.2 kW on-board charger for all applications apart from Rapid 50 kW DC. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a higher maximum output, the VW e-Golf will only be able to accept up to 7.2 kW.
|Rapid 50kW||Fast 22kW||Fast 7kW||Slow 3kW|
|35 mins - 0-80%||5 hours - 0-100%||5 hours - 0-100%||12 hours - 0-100%|
How much does it cost to charge a VW e-Golf?
The table below shows a high level estimate of cost to charge the 35.8 kWh battery pack of the VW e-Golf at home or where a charge is made on the rapid charge network – many public points are free.
|Type||Cost/kWh||Cost to charge*||Cost per mile|
|Home Economy 7||7p per kWh||£2.50||1.7 p/mile||Home Standard||11p per kWh||£3.90||2.6 p/mile||Public Rapid||£3 fee + 17p/kWh to 80% charge||£7.80||5.2 p/mile||Public Rapid||30p kWh to 80% charge||£8.60||5.7 p/mile|
* Approximate cost to charge a VW e-Golf from 0% to 100%. Actual cost dependent on charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack.
^ Cost per mile calculated on real-world range for a more accurate figure than one based on official figures.
The VW e-Golf should only cost around 1-5p per mile to run, though that’s with a number of variables in your favour. Expect a cost of 2p-6p per mile for a more accurate real world cost, presuming that the majority of charging is done at home. Prices for a full charge are almost a worst case scenario, with very few drivers leaving their VW e-Golf to get down to 0% charge before plugging in.
According to a Zap-Map survey, more than 80% of EV drivers charge their car at home, making it an important aspect of owning an electric vehicle. The most common level of charge for an EV to get down to before being charged at a public point is 21%-30%, with 60% of drivers surveyed starting charging between 11% and 40%. Only 11% of drivers regularly see a charge of 0%-10% before they start charging.
Charging a VW e-Golf on public networks
The VW e-Golf is able to be fast and rapid charged from public points, depending on network coverage. Fast charging will require a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, often supplied with the vehicle. Rapid charging uses a CCS connector which is tethered to the charge point.
Costs vary network to network, but you can find out more by clicking on the button below, taking you to Zap-Map’s public network pages.
Charging a VW e-Golf at home
Buying a VW e-Golf will likely entitle you to an Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant. This will give you up to £500 off the cost of a fully installed charge point at home. Certain criteria need to be met, and off-street parking needs to be available too.
Costs vary depending on installer and charge point chosen, though you can find out more information by clicking on the button below.
Volkswagen has partnered with POD Point to offer guidance to home charging points and installation when buying a new e-Golf. Customers don’t have to buy a charge point from this supplier, but it means the process will be a little more streamlined, and organising an installation can be started at the dealership. There are a number of different points and prices on the market so it is worth shopping about beforehand so you know what’s on offer.
How to charge a VW e-Golf
The VW e-Golf is available with the CCS charging standard – with the inlet found on the off-side rear 3/4 panel where you would expect to find a petrol flap.
The top portion of the inlet is for the Type 2 connector, which is for the leads used when charging at home or at public fast points. This cable will have a Type 2 connector at both ends – one to plug into the car, and the other for the charge point.
The extra section beneath the Type 2 inlet allows for the connection of a CCS rapid charger. This will be tethered to the rapid charger units so you don’t need to take the cable around with you.
Charging using either standard requires the user to simply plug the connectors into the correct port, before the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at home or at some work place charge points, there is no further need to activate the charging process.
In public though, there will usually be an activation process needed. Depending on the charge point provider, this will usually be an RFID card or smartphone app, often linked to an account you have already set up. Once activated, the car and charge point will have the same ‘conversation’ as when plugged in at home, before starting the charging process.