A special permit is required for charging power above 11 kW.
Around half of the Germans live in home ownership, therefore in a family house or condominium. Many of them also have their own parking space there. But what about the other half? They live in rental apartments. And not everyone who owns their own home has their own parking space.
That means: if you have your own parking space, charging is not a problem. Without there are other options. Of course, you can first try to create charging options at the employer. If that doesn’t work, or if you have a long drive, that goes outside the battery range, then you have to rely on the public charging infrastructure.
What options are there let’s take a closer look at that now. There are now many thousands of charging stations in Germany and the number is increasing every day. To have an overview of where to load, you can use the Internet for example with the forum >goingelectric.
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This is a very nice service. But for the charging of the electric car you usually need a loading card. It is advisable to order all current charge cards – which are free – so that you don’t stand in front of a charging station and in the end you can’t charge the car. This can often be done with an app.
But that is usually relatively expensive. The only thing about electric car charging that is really still a nuisance right now, is the situation with the loading cards, because it’s non-transparent and expensive. Legislators would have to do a lot here, I might make a video about that soon.
In order to charge an electric car, you need the right charging card. And first of all a suitable charging cable for the car. In Germany, the charging stations usually have a Type 2 connector. That means: here you need the right plug for the car. As mentioned before: the right cable, either with a Type 1 or Type 2 connector.
First you connect the charging cable to the charging station and the electric car. It makes sense that a cable is seven to ten meters long. This is not absolutely necessary here. But often combustion cars park directly in front of the charging station. Then you have quite a bit of space to maneuver.
Then, with the right charging card, you can now simply start the charging process Then the cost of the loading process, as previously agreed with the card operator, will be debited from the account or payed via the credit card bill. But here you have to look very carefully that there are no nasty surprises.
Some providers charge usury prices: more than 40 cents for the kilowatt hour of electricity I actually don’t think it’s acceptable. If you want to convert the price of electricity into the price of fuel comparatively, you can just take the electricity price about three times.
That means: 40 cents per kilowatt hour would then mean 120 cents per liter of fuel or 1.20 Euro. This is because a liter of fuel has about ten kilowatt hours of electricity. But the electric car drives three times as efficiently as an internal combustion engine. Depending on the charging power of the car, you can charge 11 to 22 kW of power.
So that brings – and we have already considered this – a good 100 kilometers per hour. If you go fast on vacation of course, this is not the solution here. To do that we need something that has more ‘wums’ and let’s look at that next.
Yes – you want to load faster, you need a quick charging station like this one. Then no longer alternating currents flow into the car.