Fuels: Charging an electric car is a disaster!

If you happen to be looking in the market for all-electric, or at least electrified, cars to escape the fuel price crisis … maybe it’s a good idea to consider the state of the current national charging infrastructure.

If charging at home is still very advantageous, but if you have to take it with you from home, the case changes very quickly. Especially if your goal is to save a few euros.

In fact the problem is not only in the price! It is due to the fact that the price is not the same in 100% same positions.

At the end of the day, when I tell you that in my country there is a charging station for electric cars with an output of 22 kWh, just like another charging station with exactly the same output in the village 6 kilometers away, but one is more expensive than that others, would you be confused? Probably yes, and I have every reason to..

The electric car charging system is a mess, and it has even gone so far as to remove the vast majority of cars. Hybrids Plug-in of the equation, due to the tariff structure, with payment per minute and of course with surcharge of fees + taxis, which only make electric mobility more expensive and drive motorists out of this “new world”. Example below with a Porsche Taycan Turbo S (~ 400KM electric range).

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Carrying costs in Salvaterra de Magos.
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Charging costs in Benavente.

What is the price difference if the stations are exactly the same? In Salvaterra you have to pay 3 cents per minute of use, while in Benavente the same tariff is 2 cents per minute.

Fuels: Charging an electric car is a disaster!

Charging car

So taking an electric car with you from home is particularly easy, there are multiple platforms that don’t even require a physical card to function, as is the case with the case MIIO or from EVIO. Applications that even help you simulate the price of each shipment to find the cheapest station for you and your car.

But is it really necessary to “force” the driver to choose the best position? Why don’t we have network standardization?

The problem for today’s motorists is how the payment for each fee is calculated, the activation fees, the cost of electricity used, the OPC fee, and even the increasingly frequent activation fees for each station.

How is each shipment billed?

The costs for each shipment are made up of the Electromobility dealer’s tariff, ie the value of the kWh (energy consumption) charged according to the current tariff. Value that depends on your electromobility contract with your energy provider.

Charging point operator fee (OPC): Amount that is charged by the charging point owner for using the charging point. This tariff can take 4 forms. That means a fixed value per charge, per kWh, per point of usage time or a combination of the above. Different depending on the charging station. There may also be an activation fee for this component, which can be either € 0.20 or € 2.5.

For example, let’s compare a 50 kWh charging station with another IONITY super-ultra fast charging station that can reach 350 kWh.

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50 kWh
Charging car
350 kWh

In case you don’t know, the car I’m using for the comparison (Porsche Taycan Turbo S) has a combined range of ~ 400 km with the air conditioning switched off. (Manufacturer numbers, here you can carry out your simulation of KMs)

That said, 40 € for ~ 400 KM is nothing out of the ordinary, it’s something you can easily do with a petrol or diesel car. 76 € then … Anyway. Yes, super-fast top-ups can be more expensive. But twice as much?

Yes, before you get on with me, it is true that there are ways to bring the price of these super fast chargers down. Because the IONITY network maintains partnerships with some premium manufacturers in the automotive market such as Porsche. But there it is, they are carriers completely out of the reach of most mortals. And that, although it has an undeniable quality, complicates the national charging network.

Unfortunately, we are reaching the point where charging an electric car outside the home is just as or more expensive than using gasoline or diesel. Which speaks against everything that electromobility has promised.

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