I am going to buy an electric or hybrid car, now what?
Made the decision? You’re going to buy a new electric or hybrid car? The whole process is a bit different than buying a new car in the old days. Perhaps you might had to look up where your closest MAES Station was, but apart from that you knew what to look out for. With an electric car however, there are a few other things to look out for.
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.