How is the Electric car business in Europe?
In Europe, the first half of 2016 a total 91,000 of total electric cars sold.
Norway leads the way with around 24% of the country’s total ElectricVehicles [EV] and Plug-In ElectricVehicles [PHEV] automotive sales.
One of the reasons for the sales are the incentives…reduce prices sell electric cars.
In second place was Sweden with a nearly 3% market share for plug-in vehicles. This was followed by Iceland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Austria, and the UK — all with plug-ins accounting for a greater than 1% share of the countries’ total automotive market sales.
Germany near the tail end.
Another reason is the autobahn.
You speed read 200 kph…So in an hour you can burn up the amps and it take an hour to recharge but you just went 200k…or 124 miles in an hour.
However, when traveling through Europe you need to be aware of the different chargers. For example, Most of the charging stations are 220 volts which means you can charge your Tesla in about 3 hours. If the charging station is a 32 amp.
Tesla supercharger in Norway are 105 kilowatt while the rest of Europe are 135 kilowatt.
Some supercharger are not located near a highway and the one that are located close to a mall could be an opportunity especially if you arrive late in the evening. Then shops and stores
closed. What … no restaurants open. There’s will be nothing to do. You could be in for a two to three hour wait.
If you have a Tesla you could have what I call a camper mode.
I other words the seat recline and you could get some sleep.
When traveling in Europe make sure you plan ahead.
Many places in Europe close on Sunday and could forced you to pay a premium. Like 5 euro…a charge by owner of the charger.
Chargers are not as plentiful as in the U.S. so it pay to shop around…
In many cases, many of the chargers are independent owned and there may be as many as 20 manufactures. Each requiring different authorization.
Some of the independent owner are just electric car owners who post charging by invitation.
While others have their owned requirements.
Lets say your find your self in Hamburg Germany and are looking for a type 2 charger..
Your map show your location but require you to pay by RF ID remote . It a kind of chip in a badge… you swipe it like a credit card to open the female socket ..where you need to plug your device in to use get the charge.
Unlike the US, where most of our devices are the J1772.
The connector from the charging unit … that plugs into the car is called a J1772 connector.
If you look into the J1772 nozzle’s you’ll see five prongs with open centers, or ports. The top two are for carrying power. Assume the face of a clock: Then the large port in the bottom or 6 o’clock position is the grounding port. The smaller one 4 o’clock position is the communications port. In the 8 o’clock position, is the safety systems port.
The point is there are many different charging stations.
So make sure you plan ahead.
If your traveling in Germany you can get caught on their speed laws. What laws. You look down at the speed indicator and your doing 170 or 210 kilometer per hour.
But you also use a lot of energy..
So what the question…well it comes down energy vs speed..
Don’t expect to find chargers everywhere …Even though plan to a find to charger at the location that indicated on your charging plan or map….
They may not be working ….
The other opportunity is you finally locate one..
But the description on how to use it in German and you do not speak it let alone translate…
Well your parked in front and now how to use it…
My point here is …just be prepared..
Most the charging are independently own ..or funded.
There a great variety…I might add…and they opperate differently.
For example – first you need some authorization to use …and that in it self could be a challenge
…If the station in the middle of know where…where or whom do you see to get it authorized…some chargers won’t open up much less turn on …
Others require a pass word and credit card….
Not only is each charging station unique but each could require use a different kind of plug…for example…sure you have the appropate European adapters to take advantage of the faster charge…
Ok you just paid 5 euro and now you got a password to open the slot and guess you find it does not have a type 2 plug but only a standard and now you need to wait three hours to charge it.
Super charger deliver at 370 volts.
But does the car have capacity?
Do you have the 40, 60 or 85 kwh
battery package…oh you don’t have a Tesla?
Keep in mind the battery is DC and it flows into an inverter with convert it to AC …remember the motor is AC..which are the main components of your electric car
The next time