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My first long drive in an EV

Are you setting out on your very first long trip in an EV? Here are some things to keep in mind.

As a new EV driver, there can be a lot of new things you need to get acquainted with. Many people hesitate to take that first long trip by EV, and charging and range can be particularly concerning. But don’t despair! The time when you had to worry about range on long drives is long gone. 

See map of all our charging stations in the Nordic region.

Still, it is a good idea to be prepared before your trip, so here are our best tips for your first long drive:

  • Temperature affects the battery – There is a big difference between summer and winter when you travel long distances by EV. In summer, the range is longer and charging times are shorter.
  • Charge when you stop, don’t stop to charge Charge where you have planned to stop anyway. Are you planning to buy food? Many grocery stores and shopping centres have fast charging stations. Charge while you shop!
  • You don’t always have to fully charge – A nearly flat battery charges slowly at first to protect the battery. Smart driving involves charging a little more often, because several short charging stops are more efficient than long stops to fully charge a flat battery.
  • Always start the day with a full “tank” Yes. There are many charging stations out there, and it is easy to charge along the way. You can easily skip a charging stop even with only a quarter of battery power left. But you will quickly fall behind if you don’t start with a fully charged battery in the morning.
  • Don’t charge more than 80 per cent Your car charges very slowly from 80 to 100 per cent. So, it can be good to show consideration for others, and not charge to more than 80 per cent if there is a queue behind you. You should rather drive a few more hours and charge your EV again.
  • Fast charging – You charge most efficiently when the battery is warm and low on power. So, you should avoid fast charging after your EV has been parked overnight in the cold.
  • Efficient charging – Fast charging will be more efficient after you drive a few dozen kilometres, or after some charging with a slow charger.

Plan your trip well – Consult our map of chargers before you leave.

Frequently asked questions

  • What is the difference between kW and kWh?

    Kilowatt (kW) corresponds to charging power// speed.

    Kilowatt hours (kWh) are probably familiar from your electricity bill: A kWh is the unit for the amount of energy you have received/used.

    For example: A charger that provides 50 kW of power, will under ideal conditions deliver 50 kWh of energy in one hour.

  • What is the difference between a slow charger, a rapid charger and a high power charger?

    The three types of charger say something about charging power/speed, i.e. how long it takes the charger to supply power to the EV. Not all EVs can utilize the charger’s maximum charging speed. If you are unsure about which charging type is suitable for your EV, you can check with your vehicle supplier.

    • Slow charger: 3.6–22 kW. Estimated charging time (80 per cent) 3–10 hours.
    • Rapid charger: 50–150 kW. Estimated charging time (depending on battery level) 15–120 minutes.
    • High power charger: Over 150 kW. Estimated charging time (depending on battery level) 10–45 minutes.
  • Why am I not getting more power?

    How much power you get over a given time, i.e. the charging speeddepends on several things, including which EV model you have, what kind of charging station you charge at, battery temperature and the vehicle’s battery level.

    It is always the vehicle that decides how much power it can receive! It is the vehicle’s battery management system that limits the charging speed, to protect the battery.

    For example: An EV that cannot charge at higher power than 40 kW will not be able to draw more than 40 kW – even if the charger has a maximum charging speed of 150 kW. 

    All our charging stations are marked with their maximum charging speed. So, be aware that even if your EV can receive a charging speed of 150 kW, it will never be able to draw more power than what the charging station is marked with.

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