Amsterdam June 11th ’21 – According to a recent study of the CBS (National statistical office of the Netherlands, statistics Netherlands) the electric vehicles market is booming. Exciting, isn’t it? This growth also means that more and more questions are being asked about electric driving. In this article, we will answer seven frequently asked questions about electric driving.
1 – Why should I drive an electric car?
When you choose an electric car, you will be able to decrease your emissions and CO2. Therefore, when driving an electric vehicle, you will contribute to cleaner air. This will have the biggest positive influence in cities. Moreover, driving an electric car can also give you tax and financial benefits. In short, driving an electric vehicle has a positive influence on the climate, is quieter than a ‘’normal’’ car and you will have tax and financial benefits.
2 – What is the difference between a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric car?
A hybrid car has both a combustion engine and a battery pack. When the electric car can be charged using charging cables, it’s considered to be a plug-in hybrid car. A fully electric car only has an electric motor. Good examples are the Tesla models and the Nissan Leaf. Are you looking for your dream electric car? Click here to see the latest models including our charging solutions.
3 – How many charge points does the Netherlands have?
The Netherlands has more than 72.000 (semi)public charge points (AC) and more than 21.000 fast charge points (DC). With this, the Netherlands is market leader within Europe. To charge your EV at a charging station you need a charge card. The E-Flux charge is the most affordable charge card in the Netherlands. With the E-Flux charge card, you can charge your EV at more than 200.000 charge points within Europe for the best price possible. In the Netherlands, E-Flux has a coverage of 99%, which means that you will be able to charge your EV anywhere. Do you want to know more about the E-Flux charge card? Click here!
4 – Why do I need a charge card to charge my electric car?
In order to make use of a public charge point, you need a charge card. With this charge card, you will be able to activate the charge point and charge your EV. Subsequently, you will pay for the used amount of kWh. You might be wondering if a charge card is obligated when charging your EV? Yes, most time it is. When charging at a public charge point a charge card is obligated. However, new technologies are evolving, and it will be possible to charge with the use of these technologies; a QR-code, your debit- or credit card, or via an app. Ad hoc for example is a technology that makes it possible to pay via a QR-code. However, in most situations, an extra fee will be billed.
5 – What does it cost to charge an electric car?
When you want to charge your electric car, you have different options. These options will influence the price for your charging session. Firstly, you are able to make use of a fast charger (DC). This is the priciest option. The overage price is €0.60 per kWh. A full battery will cost about €27,00. Furthermore, you can choose to use a public charge point (AC). The average price is €0,33 per kWh and a fully charged battery will cost you about €14,85. The most affordable option is to charge your EV at home. The cost of a kWh is about €0,22 including VAT. A full battery will then cost around €9,00. Much cheaper than filling up your petrol or diesel car and more sustainable! What else do you want?
6 – What is the charging time of an electric car?
When switching to an electric car many people fear it will take a long time to completely charge the battery of an EV. This is not true. You can charge your EV at multiple points; at home, on the road, or at a fast charger. How long it takes to completely charge your EV depends on a few factors. The type of EV and the type of charging station play an important role in the total charging time. On average it takes an EV about 6 to 10 hours to be completely charged. If you are on the road and your battery is very low, you don’t want to wait for 6 to 10 hours for your EV to be charged. In this case, you can use a fast charger. These are often located alongside highways. Your EV will be charged within only 30 minutes. To make use of this service, you need a charge card. Great news! Because with the E-Flux charge card you charge your EV at these fast-charging stations too!
7 – How far can I drive with my electric car?
How far you can drive with your electric car depends on several factors. Let’s start with the range of your EV. The range of your EV is the distance you are able to drive without intermediate charging. For example, your EV has a range of 245 km. This means that you are able to drive 245 without the need for a charging session in the meantime. 245 km may not sound like much, but the average commute from home to work is about 15 to 35 km. So, this means you will be fine with your EV. The average range of an EV is about 275 km. However, EV manufactures are working hard to further expand this range. Maybe someday you will be able to drive towards the south of France without an intermediate charring session.
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