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Nav warns: You risk paying too much

Nav warns: You risk paying too much

The ever-increasing electricity prices have increased the cost of charging an electric vehicle at home. Express and light shipping rates have also gone up a lot this fall. This means that it is very important to be aware of how the vehicle is charged.

At most charging points for electric cars, you will find two types of charging. The first is fast charging, chargers that produce 50 kilowatts (kW). The other is lightning charging, which provides an output of 150 kW or higher. With the vast majority of charging providers, you pay more per kWh when using a lightning charger than the cost of fast charging.

17 cars under 50 kW

Since it is the vehicle that determines the charging speed you’re charging, it’s wise to choose the right charger for your vehicle, says Nils Soudal, NAF’s senior communications advisor.

According to figures from the Road Traffic Information Council (OFV), there are 17 models of electric vehicles on Norwegian roads that can be charged with a maximum charge of 50 kW.

– If you have one of these cars, it is smart to choose a 50 kW charger at the charging station. After that, you’ll pay less for a kilowatt-hour and the charging is as fast as if you had chosen to charge with a lightning charger, Soudal advises.

This is good news for everyone who owns an electric car

Here the charger shows how much power it saves. By following this, you get a good picture of how effective your charging session is.

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You will not get electricity from the battery faster with a lightning charger, if your car receives only 50 kW. Popular electric cars such as the Mazda MX30, Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i3, and Kia Soul Electric are examples of cars that can be charged with a maximum charge of 50 kW.

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It is important for you to be aware of how much energy your vehicle can charge. You can get a financial benefit from choosing the right option, while at the same time not taking up space on your lightning charger, says Sødal.

Eleven models of electric cars can be charged with 50-100 kW. This applies to many popular cars such as Hyundai Kona and Kia e-Niro. You will also get the best price for these cars if you charge 50 kW.

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Kia Niro has been a popular electric car for many years.  If you have this, there is no point in using a lightning charger.

Kia Niro has been a popular electric car for many years. If you have this, there is no point in using a lightning charger.

Speed ​​varies

The charging of these cars is not much slower on a fast charger than on a lightning charger. This is why it is wise to use the cheapest charging option at a charging station, says Sødal.

From the time charging begins until completion, the amount of electricity an electric vehicle can receive will vary. Even if it is said that your electric car can charge at 100 kW, this does not mean that it does so the entire time it is charging.

Some cars charge more equal fees than others. Therefore, it is wise to check how much power your electric vehicle is receiving by overcharging the battery. NAF has tested the vast majority of electric cars sold in Norway and conducted charging tests. The NAF consultant says they provide an indication of what you can expect in summer and winter.

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If you find that your electric car often charges around 50 kW for large portions of the charging time, even if the maximum charging power is 100 kW, you can easily choose a fast charger at the charging station.

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Car models and maximum charging power:

  • Electric Mi bench: 40 kW
  • Skoda Citigo II: 40 kW
  • Volkswagen e Golf: 40 kW
  • Volkswagen e-Up: 40 kW
  • Honda e: 46 kW
  • BMW i3: 49 kW
  • Hyundai Ioniq (2020): 50 kW
  • Kia E-Soul: 50 kW
  • Kia Soul Electric: 50 kW
  • Lexus UX 300e: 50 kW
  • Mazda MX-30: 50 kW
  • Mini Cooper SE: 50 kW
  • Nissan Leaf 39 kW: 50 kW
  • Nissan Leaf (older version): 50 kW
  • Opel Ampera E: 50 kW
  • Renault Zoe: 50 kW
  • XPeng G3: 50 kW
  • Hyundai Ioniq (2016-2019): 70 kW
  • Maxis Ionic 5: 70 kW
  • Maxis Ionic 6: 70 kW
  • Hyundai Kona electric: 77 kW
  • Kia E-Soul: 77 kW
  • Kia e Niro: 80 kW
  • Fiat 500: 85 kW
  • MG5: 87 kW
  • XPeng P7: 90 kW
  • MG Marvel R: 92 kW
  • MG ZS EV: 92 kW

Figures taken from OFV and NAF

The article was first published in broom.