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Choose the Right Charger - Expensive Charging Mistakes

Choose the Right Charger – Expensive Charging Mistakes

The price for express and light shipping has gone up a lot this fall. Lightning chargers are usually the most expensive. For you as an electric car owner, it is now more important than ever to choose the right charging function, says senior communications consultant Nils Soudal at the Norwegian Automobile Association:

– Sødal confirms that there are many people who pay too much for charging because they chose the wrong charging center.

Don’t go faster

– If you have a car that can charge a maximum of 50 kW, the charging will not be faster if you choose to connect it to a lightning charger. It is the car that determines how fast the charging is. The only thing that happens is that you fill the battery with expensive electricity. Soudal says shipping takes the same time.

According to the Road Traffic Information Council, there are at least 17 models of electric vehicles on Norwegian roads that can be charged with a maximum charge of 50 kW. Popular electric cars such as the Mazda MX30, Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i3 and Kia Soul Electric are examples of such cars.

Fast or Light?: Most charging stations have fast chargers and lightning chargers, and it's important to choose the right one.  Photo: NAF

Fast or Light?: Most charging stations have fast chargers and lightning chargers, and it’s important to choose the right one. Photo: NAF
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Prices differences

In addition, there are 11 models that can charge at a speed of 50-100 kW. This applies to many popular electric vehicles such as Hyundai Kona and Kia e-Niro.

According to an overview from the Electric Vehicle Association, it now costs NOK 9.19 per kWh on a lightning charger, NOK 8.69 for a 50 kW fast charger + and NOK 6.99 for a regular 50 kW charger on the Circle K.

On recharge it costs 7.49 NOK, 6.99 and 3.49 NOK respectively.

Prices are updated on September 1.

Overview of the Association of Electric Vehicles on the price in several companies It can be found here. Then you can calculate how much you pay too much or save if you are going to charge a 40 or 60 kW battery.

Popular cars: - Many of the most popular electric car models on Norwegian roads are unable to charge more than 50 kW.  Know your own vehicle, urges NAF Senior Communications Adviser Nils Soudal: Photo: NAF

Popular cars: – Many of the most popular electric car models on Norwegian roads are unable to charge more than 50 kW. Know your own vehicle, urges NAF Senior Communications Adviser Nils Soudal: Photo: NAF
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Choose the best price

Maximum charging effect on common electric vehicles

car model Max charging power (kW)
Skoda Citigo E 40
Volkswagen e Golf 40
Volkswagen e-up 40
BMW i3 49
Hyundai Ioniq (2020) 50
Kia E Soul 50
Kia Soul Electric 50
Lexus UX 300e 50
Mazda MX-30 50
Mini Cooper SE 50
Nissan Leaf (older version) 50
Opel Ampera E 50
Renault Zoe 50
XPeng G3 50
Hyundai Ioniq (2016-2019) 70
Maxis Unique 5/6 70
Hyundai Kona Electric 77
Kia E Soul 77
Kia e Niro 80
XPeng P7 90
MG Marvel R. 92
MG ZS EV 92

Source: NAF / Information Council for Traffic Road

Even if your electric car is capable of charging at 100 kW, this does not mean that it does so for the entire charging period. You will also get the best price for these cars if you charge 50 kW. Charging is probably not much slower on a fast charger than on a lightning charger.

It is important to be aware of how much power your car can charge and how much it actually charges. You can get a financial benefit from choosing the right option, while at the same time not taking up space on a lightning charger, says the NAF communications consultant.

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