No, unfortunately you cannot charge everywhere with an electric car. Although the number of charging points has already increased in recent years, it is still important to check the availability of charging points in the areas where you drive. There are several websites and apps that show the location and availability of charging points in real time, so you can plan where to charge during longer journeys. It is also wise to check the charging capacity and compatibility of the charging points, as some electric cars require specific connections.
What are the different types of connections for electric charging.
There are different types of connections for electric charging, the most commonly used are listed below. Please note: some electric cars are compatible with multiple connections, but it is important to check which connection is suitable for your specific car.
Recharge at home
An electric car has a great advantage that you can often recharge at home. You can use a normal socket for this. Of course, check your rate first and try to charge at off-peak hours. If you have solar panels, this can even be a cheaper option! You can also opt for a charging station with a higher capacity at home.
Recharge at work
Some employers encourage taking an electric company car because they can introduce it more easily. They often immediately provide an option to charge the car at work, whether or not at a cheaper rate. This way you can charge the car while you are working and you do not lose any time.
Public charging stations
There are already a lot of public charging stations, although this network is still quite limited. At MAES we are also working on installing 100 ultra-fast charging stations at our stations. Public charging stations can often be a bit more expensive, especially ultra-fast charging stations. The advantage is of course that you can get back on the track faster with these last posts. Are you looking for a public charging point? You can find one here
Recharge for free while shopping
A number of retail chains have been offering this option for a while. For example, you can charge your car for free at some IKEA stores. This only caused the phenomenon of “loading tourism” where people came to charge their car without shopping. That’s why they are restricting it. For example, Lidl reduced all the power of the charging stations and has limited the charging time to one hour and only during opening hours. The NMBS also has charging stations in many of its public car parks, where train subscribers enjoy a preferential rate. It is expected that “free” charging will soon no longer be offered, but we are not there yet.
MAES Hybrid Card
Not only can you go to MAES for the ultra-fast chargers. Whether you have a fully electric car or a hybrid car, you can use our MAES Hybrid Card for both. It combines the positive points of the regular fuel cards with an option where you can also charge electrically.
All useful information about electric charging with MAES can be found here.
The power required to charge an electric car depends on the capacity of the battery and the charging speed of the charging point. In general, the larger the capacity of the battery and the faster the charging speed, the higher the power required. An average electric car has a battery capacity of about 60 kWh and can be charged from 0 to 100% in about 8 hours with a charging speed of 7.4 kW. For faster charging speeds, for example at a fast charging station, higher power is required.
Yes, most electric cars can be charged at home using a charging station or a regular socket.
Yes, it is safe to charge an electric car. Electric cars are designed to be safe while charging, and most charging stations have protection mechanisms to prevent overload and short circuits.
This depends on the price of the electricity and the capacity of the charging point. In general, charging an electric car is cheaper than refueling with petrol or diesel.
At the moment it is not possible to charge an electric vehicle while driving, as wireless charging technology is still under development.
This depends on the charging infrastructure and the payment method that has been set up. For example, you can pay with a charge card (such as the handy MAES Hybrid card), via an app or via a credit card.
You can charge your electric car at public charging points, at fast charging stations, at home or at work.
The range of an electric car depends on the capacity of the battery and the consumption of the car. On average, electric cars have a range of 200 to 300 kilometers.
This depends on the price of the electricity and the capacity of the charging point.
This depends on the power of the charging point and the capacity of the car’s battery. Fast charging stations can usually fully charge an electric car in 30 to 45 minutes, while normal charging points need several hours.
AC charging uses alternating current to charge the batteries of an electric car, while DC charging uses direct current. DC charging is generally faster than AC charging.
There are different types of charging cables, including Type 1 and Type 2 cables, which allow AC charging, and CCS and CHAdeMO cables, which allow DC charging.
There are different types of charging points, including charging stations, fast charging stations, wall boxes and sockets.
Yes, you can charge your electric vehicle via a regular socket, but charging will be slower than with a special charging station.
You can charge your electric vehicle via a charging station or via a socket at home. The type of charger you need depends on the model of your car and its power needs.