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Mercedes owners can now use Mercedes me Charge services in the Recharge network

Mercedes owners can now use Mercedes me Charge services at over 2300 charge points from Recharge in Norway, Sweden and Finland

Everyone who is connected to Mercedes Me Charge now has access to the Nordic region’s largest charging network – Recharge. The network, formerly called Fortum Charge & Drive, provides Mercedes Me customers access to over 2,300 charging points in Sweden, Norway and Finland. Including hundreds of fast chargers.

Mercedes Me Charge is a system that makes it possible for those who drive a rechargeable Mercedes to charge at more than 200,000 charging points in Europe – and get everything on a single invoice. In total, more than 400 different operators are connected, but the customer only needs a single subscription. In addition, the navigator in all rechargeable Mercedes takes into account where these chargers are located when planning travel routes. The charging is with 100% green electricity.

Recharge now makes over 2,300 charging points in the Nordic region available to Mercedes Me customers. Of these, up to 1,000 are fast chargers (DC) and over a hundred high power chargers of up to 350 kW. Recharge plan to expand their network ahead, with focus on high power charging.

We are very happy to include Mercedes me Charge to our growing list of service providers, and we are looking forward to welcome more Mercedes customers to our charging stations in Norway, Sweden and Finland. We are confident that we can provide Mercedes customers reliable charging at attractive locations with good service offerings, says Annika Hoffner, CEO in Recharge.

About Recharge
Recharge is a pioneer in the eMobility industry, operating a public EV charging network under the brand of Fortum Charge & Drive since 2011. Recharge is a leading charge point operator in the Nordics, owning more than 1,500 public chargers and operating an additional 1000 chargers in Norway, Finland, and Sweden. In total over 3300 charge points, including many fast and ultra-fast chargers. The Nordic countries are among the most advanced and fasted growing EV markets globally, and Recharge supports the transition to an all-electric car fleet by offering easy-to-use and reliable EV charging services at attractive locations. Recharge is owned by Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Plc and Fortum, the clean-energy company. M&G Plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange as a FTSE 100 constituent and is one of the largest investment management companies in the UK.

Recharge partners up with Volkswagen Elli

Volkswagen ID customers can as of May use the VW We Charge service when charging at Recharge charging stations. Recharge has over 2500 charging stations in Norway, Sweden and Finland, of which approx. 1000 are fast or high power charging stations.

The agreement between Elli and Recharge was signed in March 2021 and the integration was completed in May. In Norway the service was launched in May and in Sweden this week. We are happy to see that customers are already using the service, and We Charge is a popular addition to the list of service providers available today, including Fortum Charge & Drive, Plugsurfing, Shell NewMotion, Easypark and Elton. Recharge is continuously adding new service partners to the list, in addition to also providing user-friendly drop-in-services for their customers.

Elli is a company in the Volkswagen group, that owns and operates the We Charge charging service. The service gives the customers access to charging stations from several charge point operators, in total over 160 000 charge points in Europe. Now the service is also available to use at Recharge charging stations in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

We wish We Charge and the VW drivers welcome to our network. We want to create stressfree charging experiences for all EV drivers, and with the agreement VW customers get access to a large number of normal, fast and ultra-fast chargers located in the cities and where people travel. Recharge has been operating EV charging services across the Nordic for a decade, and we are confident that we can provide We charge customers with reliable charging at attractive locations with good service offerings, says Annika Hoffner, CEO in Recharge.

Recharge’s charging stations in Norway, Sweden and Finland is now available through the We Charge services. Customers can charge with a We Charge chargecard or through the We Charge app. The service is activated in the Volkswagen We Connect application.  

About Recharge
Recharge is a pioneer in the eMobility industry, operating a public EV charging network under the brand of Fortum Charge & Drive since 2011. Recharge is a leading charge point operator in the Nordics, owning more than 1,500 public chargers and operating an additional 1000 chargers in Norway, Finland, and Sweden. In total over 3300 charge points, including many fast and ultra-fast chargers. The Nordic countries are among the most advanced and fasted growing EV markets globally, and Recharge supports the transition to an all-electric car fleet by offering easy-to-use and reliable EV charging services at attractive locations. Recharge is owned by Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Plc and Fortum, the clean-energy company. M&G Plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange as a FTSE 100 constituent and is one of the largest investment management companies in the UK.

Glossary of terms for EV drivers

There are many words and concepts you need to understand as an EV driver. Here are some of the most common. This is the glossary of terms for electric drivers!

A-F

AC
Alternating current.

AC charger
An AC charger is the same as a normal charger.

AC charging
AC charging is charging at a charge point that offers alternating current. The EV has an onboard charger that converts this to direct current. All batteries use direct current. The onboard charger is a bottleneck for charging speed. When you charge your EV at home, it is AC charging.

Adapter
Cable transition.

Battery management system
The battery management system in the EV monitors the battery’s charge level and controls the vehicle’s power consumption. In addition, the system determines how fast the battery will charge – which is why we say that the vehicle determines the charging speed, not the charger.

BEV
BEV stands forbattery electric vehicle. This is used for all-electric vehicles, and not for chargeable hybrids.

Blue adapter
Adapter used in a blue industrial outlet with 32 amps on 230 volt systems. Provides charging power of 7.4 kW.

CCS
This fast charging standard is newer than CHAdeMO, and has become a European standard. Most new EVs usually come with this standard. CCS provides charging power up to 350 kW for compatible models.

CHAdeMO
Originally a Japanese charging standard and cable type. Some older Asian EVs use this connector. Of EVs available on the market today, only Nissan still uses it. In addition, Tesla can use this type with a CHAdeMO adapter. CHAdeMO provides charging power of up to 62.5 kW, most often up to 50 kW in Norway.

Charge point
A charge point is synonymous with a charging outlet. [DVX31] Some of our chargers have multiple charging outlets/charge points, which means that several EVs can charge at the same time.Charging speed
Charging speed is the speed at which the battery is charged. We measure this in kilowatts (kW).

Charging station with dynamic load balancing
At charging stations with dynamic load balancing, the charging speed (power) will vary based on how many vehicles are using the system to charge at the same time and how much power is available.

Combination price
On some chargers, you pay both for the time you use the charger (per minute) and for the power you receive (per kWh). We call this a combination price.

Consumption
Measured in kWh/km and used when calculating the estimated range.

DC
Direct current. Used for fast charging. With DC, the EV’s onboard charger is bypassed, and charging takes place directly from the charging station to the battery.

Dynamic load balancing
A charging station with dynamic load balancing ensures good utilisation of the power grid, by distributing available capacity to the charging points in use.

Electric vehicle
An electric vehicle is a vehicle that is powered by electricity and not an internal combustion engine. The energy for propulsion is usually stored in batteries.

EV
EV stands for electric vehicle. In many countries, the term EV is used for both all-electric vehicles and chargeable hybrids.

Estimated range
The vehicle’s range based on previous consumption on the drive.

Fast charger
A fast charger provides charging speeds between 50 and 100 kW. It is faster than a normal charger, but slower than a rapid charger. Fast chargers have fixed CHAdeMO and CCS cables. Some also have an AC outlet or an AC cable. Only one car can charge at a time on a fast charger, unless it also has an AC outlet/cable – then this can be used as well.

Fossil vehicle
Fossil vehicle has become a term used by the media to describe vehicles with internal combustion engines.

Did you know that…

Recharge has an open charging network that allows you as an EV driver to choose which provider you want to buy the power from?

See all our e-mobility service providers

G-L

Home charger
A home charger is what we generally call a wall charger. The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association recommends that you install a home wall charger (also called a “home charger”) where you normally charge your EV. A wall charger allows you to charge your EV more safely and quickly than if you use a standard outlet. This is because wall chargers are made especially for electric cars.

High power charger
High power charger are our fastest charging option! A high power charger can deliver charging speeds from 150 to 350 kW, and we estimate a charging times from 10-45 minutes. depending on vehicle type and battery level. Most EVs can use our high power chargers, but not all vehicles can utilize the high speed. The cable is always fixed.

Hybrid
A hybrid vehicle uses both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor as a power source. Most hybrids can be charged, but only a few use regenerated power. Hybrids have a much shorter range when driving on electricity than electric vehicles. But hybrids can switch to propulsion with an internal combustion engine along the way.

ICE
ICE stands for internal combustion engine. The term ICE is often used for a vehicle with an internal combustion engine (fossil vehicle), i.e. in contrast to an electric vehicle.

ICEd
Used to describe a situation when a fossil vehicle is blocking a charger. Plays on the word “iced”. Often generates a lot of angry comments on social media.

kW
kW stands for kilowatts and says something about how fast the electricity enters the EV battery. Kilowatt measures the power, or the charging speed. If you charge at 50 kW for one hour – you will receive 50 kWh of power.

kWh
kWh stands forkilowatt-hour. In Norwegian, it is “kWt”.

kWt
kWt is the Norwegian abbreviation for kilowatt-hours and measures power consumption. Your home electricity bill states your power consumption in kilowatt-hours.

kWt/kWh price
On some chargers, you only pay for the power you receive. The price is slightly higher than the kWh price you pay for the electricity at home, because access to higher power is more expensive, in addition to covering costs for the charger and other expenses.

Is there anything you think we should add to our glossary?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

Send your tip to kundeservice@rechargeinfra.com!

M-R

Medium-speed charging
Medium-speed charging is another name for normal charging.

Minute price
On some chargers, you pay for the time you occupy the charger, whether the car is charging or not.

Onboard charger
EVs have a converter that converts alternating current from the power grid to direct current that can charge the battery.

PHEV
PHEV stands for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. These are also known as chargeable hybrids or just hybrid vehicles.

Power
Power is actually amperes, but in everyday speech we use it about quantity, e.g. how much power the battery has left. Power consumption is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh). EVs have batteries with a given number of kWh. Smaller EVs use fewer kWh per kilometre than larger vehicles.

Power
Power is the speed at which the battery is charged. We call it charging speed. The power is stated in kilowatts (kW).

Power (kW)
Power is the charging speed and is measured in kW. A charging station may have one or more charge points or charging cables. You can see the maximum power available per outlet/cable at the charging station. The power available can vary at all types of charging stations, including fast chargers. The power stated is the maximum power the charging station can provide, but be aware that your vehicle may limit the charging speed.

Rapid charger
Rapid chargers are an efficient way to charge your EV! Most of our charging stations deliver a charging speed of max 50 kW, and we estimate a charging time from 15 to 120 minutes, depending on vehicle type and battery level. On a rapid charger the cable is always fixed.

Did you know that…

 You can charge your EV with an RFID card or key fob or app from several e-mobility service providers, or you can choose one of our simple drop-in services and pay by SMS?

Our charging methods

 S–Z

Schuko
A Schuko is a standard, earthed outlet and connector that most people have at home. A Schuko connector is protected with earthing, but it is only recommended as an emergency solution when charging an EV.

Semi-fast charging
Semi-fast charging is another name for normal charging.

Slow charger
We have many different slow chargers! Available power at the charging station can vary from 3.6 kW to 22 kW. The amount of kW that different EVs can receive varies, so we estimate a charging time of 3–10 hours. You must have your own charging cable with a Type 2 connector to use our slow chargers.

Type 1 connector
This is the most common connector for older Japanese models, such as the Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul and Mitsubishi i-Miev. You can charge your EV on a normal charger with a Type 1 to Type 2 cable. Type 1 connectors can handle up to 19 kW.

Type 2
Type 2 is the connector that is on all normal chargers, and also on most newer electric cars. You can charge on a normal charger with a Type 2 to Type 2 cable. Type 2 connectors are also sometimes called “Mennekes”, and they can handle up to 43 kW charging power.

Wall charger
A wall charger is the charging station you often have at home. It provides safer and faster charging than a normal wall outlet. When charging an EV with a wall charger, you use a special EV cable that is made to withstand high loads over time. Wall chargers are available both with and without a fixed cable. Charging with a wall charger can reduce costs when the price of electricity is high.

Watt
Watt is the unit of measurement for power, i.e. transferred energy per unit of time.

The difference between EV chargers

Do you find it difficult to remember which type of charger you normally use, should use or cannot use? Here is the overview you need to choose the right charger for your EV!

Why is it really so important to choose the right EV charger? Well, there are two good reasons for that. Firstly, it will cost you much less if you choose the right charger for the right use and EV model. Secondly, you contribute to reducing waiting times at charging stations – and that’s something we all really appreciate when we are on the go. Especially if we are in a bit of a hurry and “just need a little” top-off.

The different types of charger

At our charging stations, you can choose between three types of chargers; slow charger, rapid charger and high speed charger. They all have different properties and will provide different charging power.Remember that it is ultimately your EV that determines how much electricity you can receive. This means that even if you use a high speed charger, it is not certain that you will get the full benefit if your battery does not have the capacity for that level of charging speed.

If you are unsure of the type of charger that fits your EV, we recommend that you contact the manufacturer. Most EV manufacturers have clear information on their websites.

Slow Charger

Slow chargers are the original EV charger, and the first type of charger we installed. Today, this may not be the charger we prefer most often, but on the other hand, there is seldom a charging queue! Slow chargers are perfect when you have a lot of time. If you are going to the cinema, on a longer shopping trip or on a visit.

Slow chargers are often found in car parks. If there are rapid or high power chargers in the same place, you will probably find a slow charger a short distance away from the others.

To use a slow charger, you must have your own charging cable with a Type 2 connector. The charging power varies from 3.6 to 22 kW. And depending on the make and model of your EV, we estimate a charging time of 3–10 hours, giving you plenty of time for both the cinema and your shopping trip.

Rapid charger

Rapid chargers are an efficient way to charge your EV – under optimal conditions. By optimal conditions for an EV battery, we mean that it is temperate (not too hot or too cold) and that the battery is neither flat nor fully charged. Remember that the charger will always give the charging effect it is marked with, and it is the EV that limits the charging speed.

Rapid chargers usually have two fixed cables (CHAdeMO and CCS). Only one EV can charge at a time, unless there is also an AC outlet/cable – then this can be used in addition. If you arrive at a charging station that has a free cable for fast charging, but it lacks an AC outlet/cable, you will not be able to charge if another EV is charging with the other cable.

Most fast rapid chargers deliver a charging speed of 50 kW, and we estimate charging times of 15–120 minutes, depending on the make and model of your EV, the required amount of power and the condition of the battery.

High speed charger

High speed chargers are our fastest charging option! These chargers deliver charging speeds from 150 to 350 kW, and we estimate that you can cover your charging needs in 10–45 minutes! How fast a high speed chargers will charge your EV is of course also related to the make and model of your EV, and the type and charge level of the battery.

Our high speed chargers have two charging cables, so more cars can charge at the same time. We also have high speed chargers with several associated “satellites”, and all of them can be used at the same time. Some satellites provide more power than others. If there are several available, check which one best suits your EV. The power output is marked on all the satellites.

What is the difference between a rapid charger and high speed chargers?

Frequently asked questions

  • Why does my EV charge slower in the winter?

    Fast charging takes longer when the battery is cold. This simply has to do with battery chemistry; the ions move more slowly when the battery pack is cold than they do when it is warm. The cold does not affect the charging station itself. The charger provides the same power as it is marked with. It is the car’s battery management system that limits the charging speed to protect the battery.

    Tips! In order to speed up charging in cold weather, it may make sense to charge the EV when the battery is warm. For example, plan a charging stop towards the end of your trip.

  • Which charging cable fits my EV?

    There are several types of charging cables, and at many stations, you will be able to choose between several charging options.

    For slow charging you must always bring your own mode 3 type 2 charging cable that fits your EV. This is usually standard equipment on all new EVs. EVs normally come with two cables. You cannot use the charging cable that has a “normal” wall connector at our public charging stations.

    For fast chargers and high power chargers there are always fixed cables, and at most charging stations, you will find both a CCS/Combo connector and a CHAdeMO connector. Only one of them will fit your car. Most new EVs today come with CCS, which is the European standard for charging cables. Read about the different charging cables here..

  • Why am I not getting more power?

    How much power you get over a given time, i.e. the charging speed, depends 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 get 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.

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 

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.

Recharge lowers drop-in prices for Easter in Norway!

Easter is right around the corner, and many people are worried about charging and long trips with their EVs. At Recharge, formerly Fortum Charge & Drive, we are now lowering our drop-in prices for rapid charging to make it easier for new EV drivers to get started with charging – and to reduce some of the stress around charging

In order to meet the demand from our customers, Recharge is also lowering their drop-in prices to the price per kWh of high power chargers and slow chargers from Friday, 26 March.

This coming Friday is the start of one of the biggest travelling weekends of the year, and there will probably be a particularly high number of long trips to summer cabins this year, since most people are staying in Norway. Recharge wants to facilitate an even smoother charging experience along the way, with simpler payment methods and lower drop-in prices.

Easy and affordable drop-in charging

This autumn, Recharge introduced a new and simpler drop-in payment solution with online card payment activated with a QR code, in addition to the previous drop-in method with start and payment via SMS. Combined with lower drop-in prices, it is now both cheaper and easier to charge your EV, and the charging time becomes more efficient since you do not have to download various apps in advance.

“We have previously introduced simple card payment for drop-in customers and are now taking the next step by reducing the price of drop-in charging. By making drop-in charging more attractive, we want to remove the stress experienced by new EV drivers related to downloading various apps and obtaining RFID cards or key fobs. It should be easy to travel on long trips by EV, and possible to get started quickly with charging without having to plan in advance,” said Recharge’s Annika Hoffner.

In addition to card and SMS payment, EV drivers can also charge with an app or RFID card or key fob from one of Recharge’s many e-mobility service providers such as Fortum, Easypark, Plugsurfing, Newmotion and Elton.

Recharge meets customers’ needs with a new pricing structure

There has long been increasing demand from EV drivers for prices based on kWh. Recharge wants to accommodate customers’ wishes and will therefore introduce a price per kWh for high power chargers and slow chargers for drop-in charging from 26 March 2021.

“Surveys conducted by both the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association and the Norwegian Automobile Association (NAF) show that many EV drivers request kWh prices for charging. Then, you only pay for the amount of electricity you receive. We are listening to our customers and testing price per kWt for slow chargers and high power chargers. The pricing structure for rapid charging will remain unchanged for the time being, but we are reducing our drop-in price from NOK 4/min to NOK 3.50/min”, said Recharge’s Annika Hoffner.

This is Recharge:

Recharge (formerly Fortum Charge & Drive) has operated charging infrastructure under the Fortum Charge & Drive brand since 2011. Today, Recharge is a leading operator of charging stations for EVs in the Nordic region. The company owns more than 1,500 public charging stations, and operates a further 1,000 charging stations in Norway, Finland and Sweden. Recharge supports the transition to an electric vehicle fleet by offering user-friendly charging stations in attractive locations Recharge is headquartered in Grålum, Norway, and is owned by Infracapital (65.75 per cent) and Fortum (34.25 per cent). Infracapital is part of M&G Plc. M&G Plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is one of the largest investment firms in the UK.

Our drop-in charging prices from 26 March 2021 in Norway:

High power chargers (up to 350 kW ): NOK 5.75/kWh

Rapid chargers (up to 50 kW): NOK 3.50/min

Slow chargers (up to 22 kW): NOK 3.00/kWh

All prices include Value Added Tax.

Contact:

Annika Hoffner
E-mail: annika.hoffner@rechargeinfra.com
Phone: +4790284683

How to prepare for a long drive with children in the car.

Are you going on a long trip with the whole family? Driving long distances with children in the car can be a challenge for young and old alike. Here are some tips on how to best prepare for your trip, and not least make it fun along the way!

If you are going on a long trip with children, it is a good idea to pack refreshments for the drive. Make packed lunches, and bring along some snacks and chopped fruit. Then you can take an ice cream break while you charge your EV. You may want to consult our map of chargers before you leave, and plan breaks based on your charging needs. Audiobooks are also a good tip, and Pickatale, Spotify, Fabel and Storytel all have great stories for children.

Even with audiobooks, however, your little ones may still get bored on long road trips, but fun games can come to the rescue.

Here are 11 tips for fun activities for the whole family on a road trip

1. The who or what game

Mum or Dad thinks of a person or an animal. The children have to take turns guessing and asking clever yes-or-no questions.

2. Food ABCs

One of you starts by saying a food that begins with the letter A. “I want to eat an apple.” The next person must remember what the first person said, and then say something that starts with the letter B: “I want to eat an apple and a banana.” The next person must then find food that begins with the letter C: “I want to eat an apple, a banana and a cheeseburger.” Can you make it through the entire alphabet? Educational and fun!

3. Counting cars

In this game, everyone in the car must choose a colour, e.g. white, blue or red. Then you count how many cars you see in your colour. The first person to get to twenty cars in their colour wins. You can also allow each participant to count multiple colours. And you can make it even harder by only counting cars of a particular brand.

4. The letter game

In this game, you first agree on a theme (movies, band names, car names, celebrities etc.), and the first person starts by saying a name or word within this category. The next person must then find a new name or word that starts with the last letter of the previous participant’s word.

5. Quiz

There are many different quiz books available with different levels of difficulty and themes, so it is not hard to find quizzes for every taste and age. You can also make a simple quiz yourself, or find one online. Take simple notes on your mobile to keep score: everyone likes to know who is leading and, of course, who wins in the end.

7. Counting diggers and tractors

If the children are small enough, counting the number of diggers and tractors along the road can be fun enough.

8. First one to see…

One of the adults says: “First one to see a... blue car / round sign / caravan / red house” and so on.

9. Car bingo

Classic car bingo requires some simple preparations. Before you leave, you can make some bingo cards with things you are likely to see during your trip. For example, a lorry, a cow, a cyclist, a red house, a flagpole etc. You can also draw pictures on the cards. The first person to cross everything off on their card wins. You can also buy ready-made car bingo cards.

10. My ship is loaded with

You choose a letter of the alphabet to start with, for example B. The first person says something like: “My ship is loaded with Bananas.” Then the next person has to find something that starts with the next letter of the alphabet.

11. I spy

“I spy with my little eye something that is green.” Who can guess the thing first? You can take turns and give each passenger the chance to challenge themselves to be creative and try to make it difficult for the others to guess. Or maybe the one who guesses correctly gets to go next?

Charging stops along the road

When you are on a trip with your EV, you also need to include some stops along the way. Breaks are good for young and old alike, and when you do have to stop and charge, you may want to combine your stop with other things such as a snack, toilet break or some physical activity. Bring a couple of skipping ropes or soap bubbles for the kids – combined with an ice cream in the sun, it is guaranteed to be popular. Or how about bringing some chalk and drawing hopscotch on the pavement? Make your journey part of the experience, and make charging a pleasant break. This will make the trip seem both shorter and more fun for everyone.

Can I high power charge my EV?

We are installing more and more high power chargers in our network, and 2021 will be the big high power charger year. Do you know if your EV can benefit from the full effect of a high power charger?

High power chargers are built to meet the needs of the new generations of EVs. They are quite simply designed to provide the most power in the shortest possible time, which suits most people especially well in an otherwise hectic day. One minute here, and one minute there.

Factors that affect charging speed

Charging at high speed cargers sounds fantastic. But did you know that it is the EV and not the charger that determines the maximum power you receive when you charge? It’s actually the EVs battery management system that controls voltage and temperature, as well as the power that the battery can receive, and in turn, the maximum charging speed.

Charging speed of 350 kW

Today, many EVs on Norwegian roads can charge at a maximum of 50 or 100 kW – i.e. rapid charging. And high power chargers have charging speeds over 150 kW – and up to 350 kW! Older EV models and some small vehicles will not be able to take advantage of the high power of a rapid charger. 

They can still charge on a rapid charger but will receive a lower power than stated on the charger.

There are several variables that determine whether a high power charger is right for your EV. If your EV has a CHAdeMO connector, for example, you cannot charge at rapid speeds. This is because the highest charging speed for CHAdeMO in our network is 62.5 kW. If you have a newer EV with a CCS connector, on the other hand, there is a good chance that your EV can charge at rapid speeds.

Check your EV model to see which type of charging suits you best.

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What is the difference between a rapid charger and high speed chargers?

It’s Friday afternoon and you’re on your way to the mountains. Both your passengers and your EV are low on energy, and you want to arrive at the cabin before it is too late. Should you choose a fast charger or a rapid charger?

Potentially seven times the charging speed

Rapid chargers provide higher power charging, i.e. faster / speed. A rapid charger, with 350 kW, will potentially be able to charge an EV at seven times the speed of a fast charger with a maximum charging speed of 50 kW.

It should be easy to recognise the different types of chargers at our charging stations. All charging stations are clearly marked with maximum charging speed and type of charger (normal, fast, or rapid) both at the charger and on our digital map of chargers.

Most of our fast chargers deliver a charging speed of max 50 kW, and we estimate charging times of 15 to 120 minutes, depending on vehicle type and battery level. A rapid charger can deliver charging speeds from 150 to 350 kW, and we estimate charging times of 10 to 45 minutes, depending on vehicle type and needs.

Actual charging speeds are limited by your vehicle

So, you are standing at a charging station on the way to the cabin and wondering what will get you back on the road fastest, the rapid charger or the fast charger. However, it is not actually the type of charger alone that determines how fast your battery will charge – it also depends on the make and model of your vehicle.

How fast an EV can charge is limited by how much power it can receive. For example, if you have a 30 kWh Nissan Leaf, it will be limited to be able to handle a maximum charging speed of 50 kW. EV manufacturers are constantly coming up with new models that can charge at a similar or higher power.

Faster charging speeds cost more

It is usually more expensive to use a rapid charger than a fast charger. You will be able to receive as much power as on a fast charger, but because the power is delivered faster, a rapid charge costs more. There are also higher operating and maintenance costs associated with delivering power faster.

If your EV can charge on a rapid charger, it will of course go faster, but it will also cost a little more. If you choose the fast charger, it may take a little longer, but you can stretch your legs a bit and prepare for the rest of the ride.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What is the difference between kW and kWh?

    Kilowatt (kW) corresponds to charging power/speed.

    Kilowatt hours 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 does my EV charge slower in the winter?

    Fast charging takes longer when the battery is cold. This simply has to do with battery chemistry; the ions move more slowly when the battery pack is cold than they do when it is warm. The cold does not affect the charging station itself. The charger provides the same power as it is marked with. It is the car’s battery management system that limits the charging speed to protect the battery.

    Useful tips: In order to speed up charging in cold weather, it may make sense to charge the EV while the battery is warm. For example, plan a charging stop towards the end of your trip.

How open and closed charging networks work

A network of chargers is operated by a charge point operator. In an open network, the charge point operator offers one or more e-mobility service providers. This makes charging more flexible because you can choose the provider you want.

Charge point operator and e-mobility service provider

A network of chargers is operated by a charge point operator. The charge point operator’s task is to maintain, operate and upgrade the charging stations. Recharge is a charge point operator, and we have several hundred charging stations throughout the Nordic region. 

Charge point operators usually offer a payment method where you don’t need to register as a customer, such as our drop-in methods, , where you can pay by SMS or with a QR code.

We also give others the opportunity to sell their charging services through our charging stations. We call them e-mobility service providersE-mobility service providers offer services that allow EV drivers to pay and start charging at our charging stations. These service providers set their own prices, terms and conditions, and most offer payment with an app or an RFID card or key fob.

CPO & EMP

CPO stands for charge point operator.
EMP stands for E-Mobility Service Provider

Integrated network

Most offer an RFID card or key fob or payment via an app. In Norway you can also use RFID tags from the Norwegian Automobile Association (NAF) and the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association in our network, but then you must first register a member profile with the company in question.

Open network

In an open network, the charge point operator offers one or more e-mobility service providers. Then, EV drivers can choose between different e-mobility service providers and are thus free to choose who they want to buy electricity from when they charge. You can either pay using our drop-in service or by registering as a customer with one of our e-mobility service providers.

Most offer an RFID card or key fob or payment via an app.

Examples of open networks: Ionity (offers rapid charging only) or Recharge (we charge all EV models).