To charge your electric car’s battery, you need a charging cable, a charging station and a charging card (for public charging stations). You will probably receive the charging card even before your vehicle is delivered. Park the car near a charging station and see if the lights near the outlet are green. If the lights are red, then there is something wrong with the station and you cannot use it to charge your battery. Insert the charging cable plug into the outlet. If you’re using a public charging station, you’ll need to scan your charging card as well. The cable will lock and the lights on the charging station will change to blue.
When you’re done charging, you can unlock the cable using your charging card. If you’re away from home and don’t want to wait at a charging station, you can use a rapid charger instead. These are often located near busy roads and motorways, and usually charge higher rates for charging.
There are thousands of public and semi-public charging stations and rapid chargers throughout the Netherlands, so you can always find somewhere to charge your battery. My ALD shows you a convenient overview of the charging stations nearest to you.
Do you know how fast your car can charge on a rapid charger? If not, find out so that you can always use the right rapid charger to continue on your journey quickly. Fortunately, it’s impossible to use the wrong connector. But many charging stations offer a variety of charging speeds. You can see the charging speed shown in kW on the rapid charger. If you choose a slow charging station, then it will take longer to re-charge; if you pick a station that charges faster than your car can handle, then you’re unnecessarily occupying a station that could be used by other electric vehicles that can charge faster.
Always try to charge your car while it’s parked, so you can prevent unnecessary stops at rapid chargers along the way.
Public charging is less expensive than rapid charging (with the exception of the Tesla Supercharger network for Tesla drivers); and charging at home or work is almost always cheaper than public charging. Fortunately, charging rates in the Netherlands are becoming more standardised, so the comparison above may not apply to your situation. Charging rates differ from charging card provider to provider, so find out which rates your specific card charges. Most charging card providers have their own app that shows the rates for each charging location.
Many electric vehicles are also equipped with an emergency charging cable for standard power outlets. Do not use this cable to charge the vehicle on a daily basis; it is only intended for emergency use. Many power outlets cannot provide the high wattage needed to charge an electric vehicle. To find out, feel if the outlet becomes warm after charging for a short time. If it does, stop charging or reduce your car’s charging speed if possible. If you want to charge your car at home every day, use a special wall box or charging station.
Your car will have less range in winter, due to the cold weather. We recommend that you charge your car more often in winter to prevent unpleasant surprises.
Regularly check the tyre pressure in accordance with the user manual of your lease car. Keeping your tyres at the correct pressure will reduce your electric vehicle’s power consumption.
Are you worried that you won’t reach your destination? If you reduce your speed, you’ll notice your range increasing. In an electric vehicle, lowering your speed has a greater influence on your range than in an internal combustion vehicle.
If the public charging station is out of order, always report it using the telephone number posted on the charging station. That way, the problem can be repaired so that you’ll be able to use the station to charge next time.
During your lease period, you can use a charging card. In addition, you will receive a MTc national fuel card, if this is included in your contract, with which you can fill up with fuel. This may be necessary, for example, if you make use of replacement transport while yourcar is being serviced.
If you’d like more information, visit the National EV helpdesk website by the Vereniging Elektrische Rijders. Here you can also find the useful EV app and website with everything you need to know about electric mobility.
If you have any questions about the information provided above, please feel free to contact Driver Care. We look forward to assisting you!
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