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Charging an electric car in the summer of 2022 - warns that the wrong fast charger can cost you dearly

Charging an electric car in the summer of 2022 – warns that the wrong fast charger can cost you dearly

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(Elbil24): Many people are starting their first vacation in an electric car, and may be familiar with a fast charger for the first time. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as filling up with diesel or gasoline, although the big freight operators have recently simplified their pricing models.

Beware of price differences

You are now paying a price for each kilowatt-hour that you transfer from the charging center to your car’s battery pack. Prices vary from one supplier to another, and therefore are comparable to conventional gasoline filling.

The difference is that prices can also vary from one charger to another. If the charger you plug in is a so-called lightning charger, which provides a maximum charging power of 150 kW or more, you will likely have to pay more per kWh transferred than if the charger was a fast charger with a maximum power of 50 kW Watts only.

For example, each converted kWh costs 8 kWh and 40 øre on Ionity lightning chargers with a maximum power of 350 kW, while on Kople fast charging (50 kW) it costs 5 kWh and 90 øre per kWh converted.

The difference can quickly reach 100-200 kroner per “fill”.

– Waste of money

The difference is that the Ionity will likely charge faster than the Kople’s quick charger, but if it does in practice, it depends on how high a power your car can receive.

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You can already experience that it works as slowly on a lightning charger as on a fast charger with a much lower maximum power

– If your charger is capable of providing 150 kilowatts, but your car only receives 50 kilowatts, then there is no need to take up space on the lightning charger. It is also a waste of money. Lightning chargers often cost more than lower-power chargers, says Nils Soudal, senior communications consultant at NAV.

In the table below, you can find out the maximum charging power of some of the most popular electric cars at the moment:

Model Max charging power*
Tesla Model 3 250 kW
Tesla Model Y 250 kW
Volkswagen ID.4 125 kW (can be increased to 135)
Recharge the Volvo XC40 150 kW
Ford Mustang Mach-E 150 kW / 115 kW (Long Range / Standard Range
Skoda peduncle 125 kW (can be increased to 135)
Audi e-tron 55 150 kW
Nissan Leaf 50 kW
Polestar 2 150 kW
Mercedes-Benz EQC 110 kW
Kia EV6 240 kW
Hyundai Ioniq 5 240 kW
*Maximum charging power is usually only achieved for short periods. The average strength will always be lower

Note that the speed depends on many conditions, and the average speed is less than the maximum speed. You can read more about this here:

Here you can see the current prices of some of the biggest players:

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