The Starter Package for Charging Your Electric Car: Making a Problem-Free Switch to an Electric Car
The switch from a conventionally powered car to an electric one often comes with many uncertainties – how should I charge my electric car at home or in transit? How does a charging station work? Which charging cables do I need to bring? For this reason, we have put together a starter package with all the important information you’ll need for charging your electric car at home and in transit.
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1. Mode 2 Charging Cable: for Charging in Transit, and Emergency Charging at Home
Your mode 2 charging cable usually comes as standard with the delivery of your electric car from the automobile manufacturer. You can use this cable to charge your car in emergencies at a conventional domestic socket. However, you should think carefully about using this solution, as most sockets are not set up and protected for charging electric cars in accordance with standards. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial that you get the wires checked by a qualified electrician. Read our blog article on this subject: Why Do I Actually Need a Charging Station for my Electric Car? While in transit, you will encounter isolated charging posts with domestic sockets, so make sure you always have your mode 2 charging cable handy. If you plan on visiting family or friends with no public charging stations nearby, you can charge there with the mode 2 charging cable if needed.
2. Mode 3 Charging Cable: for Charging at Home and in Transit, and Required for a Charging Station with a Socket
If you are considering charging electric cars with different plug types, e.g. Tesla Model S (type 2) and Nissan LEAF (type 1), we recommend you get a charging station with a socket for your home. This charging station always has a type 2 connection in Europe. You will need the appropriate mode 3 charging cable, from type 2 for type 2 or type 2 for type 1, depending on the model of your vehicle. Most public charging posts are equipped with a type 2 socket. As a rule, you will need your own mode 3 charging cable in order to charge your electric car. DC quick charging stations with a CHAdeMO or CCS connection always have an integrated charging cable. We have made a list of the most frequently used plugs at public charging posts for you in our Technical Knowledge section on types of charging cable and plug.
3. Charging Stations: for Quick and Comfortable Charging at Home
The quickest, safest and most comfortable way to charge your electric car is at your own charging station. You can charge electric cars up to 10x faster (depending on the car model) with the appropriate charging station, and, for example, reduce the charging time of a Renault ZOE from 10 hours at a domestic socket (2.3 kW) to up to 1.5 hours at a 22 kW charging station.
There are charging stations for the home with a charging power level of 3.7 / 4.6 / 7.4 / 11 and 22 kW. The maximum charging power level is determined by the electric car. If your electric installation and the connected charging station are set up with a smaller charging power level, the charging power reduces itself accordingly. Our overview of charging times for electric cars will give you an idea of how quickly your electric car can charge.
As well as charging speed, other decisive buying criteria are the type of plug (type 2, e.g. BMW i3 or type 1, e.g. Nissan LEAF), special features and prices. Our blog article ‘6 Things That I Need To Consider When Buying a Charging Station For My Electric Car’ will inform you of what you need to bear in mind when buying a charging station for your electric car.
An increasing number of electric car drivers are keen to drive a fully emissions-free electric car by charging their vehicle with power from their own PV plant. With the smartfox PV and Energy Manager you can manage both the charging process for your electric car and the entire house. Streamline your consumption levels to help save costs.
4. Charging Cards: for Charging at Public Charging Stations
At most public charging posts, charging cannot be done without registering with the suppliers beforehand. Therefore, you will need to familiarise yourself with the different suppliers in the area and apply for contracts or prepaid cards if required. Bear in mind that the registration process can take several days. In most cases, an RFID cart for authorising at charging posts will be sent to you. When considering the diverse range of charging post suppliers, it is important to consider which kind of charger you are. Each charging post supplier calculates their tariff based on one or more of the following three factors: time or amount of charging power and additional basic fees. Learn more about public charging in our blog article ‘Charging Electric Cars in Public: Which Charging Tariff is the Right One for Me?’
5. Mobile Charging Stations: for Quick and Safe Charging in Transit
If you want to charge in a quick and comfortable manner whilst in transit, we recommend a mobile charging station for your electric car. For this, you will need a standard CEE industrial socket (triple phase) of 16A or 32A. As both CEE industrial sockets have different diameters, you may need an adaptor that goes from 16A to 32A or vice versa. Mobile charging stations are particularly practical for electric cars such as the Nissan e-NV200 and the Renault Kangoo Z.E., which are used at construction sites and workshops.
6. Billing service @home: for charging your company car from home free-of-charge
As a company car driver, you too can use convenient charging at home and have the costs for your electricity consumption reimbursed by your employer. Our billing service @home accurately logs your power consumption. We then automatically reimburse you for the costs incurred and invoice your employer. You can check all data on your charging processes and the costs incurred on our customer portal at any time. The service can only be purchased in conjunction with a smart charging station from ICU (equipped with its own built-in energy meter). The charging data is transmitted via Ethernet or a SIM card.