In Europe, introduce new rules for charging electric cars. And car owners will not like them

In Europe, introduce new rules for charging electric cars. And car owners will not like them

January 17, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Charging electric cars is less profitable than filling a car with gasoline

One of the largest networks of charging stations in Europe, Ionity, is changing the terms of use and tariff setting: car owners will have to pay not for attending a charge (now one session costs eight euros), but for the amount of energy – 0.79 euros per kilowatt-hour. As AutoEvolition found out, with the transition to a new calculation method, charging a Nissan Leaf with a 62 kilowatt-hour battery will cost almost 50 euros. And it’s less profitable than pouring petrol in a Volkswagen Golf.

Ionity was created by BMW Group, Daimler, Ford Motor and Volkswagen Group, and later Hyundai joined the project. Today it is one of the fastest growing networks of charging stations, which has more than two hundred stations in 20 countries. By 2020, their number will reach 400 pieces.

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From January 31 this year, tariffs will be calculated according to the new rules – depending on the received kilowatt hours. As a result, if earlier car owners paid the same regardless of the time spent at the station, now the cost of a full charge will increase many times over. And in some cases, replenishment of energy at Ionity stations will be less profitable than refueling an ordinary car with fuel at a gas station, which may cause dissatisfaction with the owners of environmentally friendly cars.

AutoEvolition compares the Nissan Leaf with a 62 kilowatt-hour battery (and there are versions with a less capacious battery, for example, 24 kilowatt-hours) with the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf with a 1.4-liter engine.

So, in Germany, charging the first will cost almost 49 euros. For the same amount, you can add 35 liters of gasoline to the Golf. At the same time, the Leaf power reserve is 385 kilometers, and the Volkswagen Golf will cover almost 600 kilometers (based on data on fuel consumption provided by the automaker).

Ionity itself said the new pricing is more transparent and economically viable. Representatives of the network of charging stations also recalled that a subscription service is available for their customers, which provides special conditions.