An electric vehicle, also known as an EV, uses one or more electric motors or traction motors for propulsion. The energy used to drive an EV is stored in the battery and the battery is charged at a charging station (at home, in the office or in public).
To charge your electric vehicle, you will require a recharging station, a charging cable, and a charging card.
A fully charged battery with a capacity of 40 kW will enable you to drive 200 to 250 kilometers. If you drive sensibly, you will achieve even more. Speed has the most effect on the amount of power drawn down from your battery, so you are advised to keep to the permitted speed limits.
There are also other factors that may have an effect on your driving range:
An electric vehicle requires less maintenance. This is due to the engine's reduced number of moving parts compared to a conventional combustion motor, which therefore leads to reduced wear. Moreover, oil changes are a thing of the past and the vehicle does not have an exhaust or gears. In addition, the brakes are less susceptible to wear thanks to the regenerative braking capacity.
Electric vehicles are approved for all safety factors, just like conventional vehicles. In the event of a collision, there is a possibility that some parts may receive an active charge or that short-circuiting causes an electrical fire, though the safety precautions and construction have limited this risk to an absolute minimum.
This depends on a number of factors: the type of car, how empty the battery is, how fast your car can charge and at which charging point you will charge. If you charge your car at a regular power socket, you should be able to count on 24 hours. At a public charge point this is about 4 to 8 hours. If you are going to charge your car with a quick charger (you will find this mainly along the motorway), your battery will be 80% charged in 30 minutes. Keep in mind that charging at such a quick charger is more expensive than at a normal charging point.
It depends on where you are going to load. In most cases, loading at home is cheaper than at public loading points. An average electric car consumes 15 to 20 kWh per 100 km. Suppose your rate for electricity at home is €0.25 and you drive an average of 15,000 km per year, then the cost of charging your car will be between €563 and €750 per year. When charging on the road, you pay the rate determined by the charging station operator. In addition to a kWh price, the operator can also charge a starting rate and an incentive rate. On www.newmotion.com you will find an overview of available charging stations in Belgium and Europe with the price per kWh.