Both technology and infrastructure have made enormous leaps forward in just a few years, and the range evolved with it.
Drive further with more efficient batteries
Most electric cars are equipped with a lithium-ion battery. They have become much more powerful over the past decade. The first models had to make do with a battery of about 24 kWh. By contrast, the popular models of 2019 include batteries of 75 kWh (Tesla Model 3 Long Range) and 95 kWh (Audi E-Tron Advanced 55 Quattro).
The range of the vehicles has increased along with the efficiency. Many models can now cover 400 kilometres on a full battery. That’s more than enough for daily use; recharging at night once in a while is sufficient.
Drive more economically = drive further
Those who drive economically, drive further. This applies to both cars with combustion engines and electric cars. You can maximise the range of your electric car driving at a constant, lower speed. So it pays to turn on the cruise control.
There are also increasingly more technologies on the market that make economical electric driving child’s play. This includes things like driving with one pedal, as Nissan demonstrates with the e-Pedal. If you press the accelerator pedal, you accelerate. If you release it, the car brakes and recovers the energy from that braking. This ‘brake force recovery’ makes it possible to drive more kilometres.
Carefree charging anywhere
Even the car with the greatest autonomy still needs to be recharged from time to time. This, too, is becoming increasingly easy, thanks to the growing number of charging points:
- Public charging points. Belgium now has more than 10,000 public charging stations and the network is constantly expanding. Many useful websites and apps show you the way to the nearest charging station suitable for your type of connection. These include Shell’s The New Motion or Chargemap.
- At work. Many companies have charging points installed on their premises for their employees and visitors. Techniques such as load management monitor the total electricity consumption on the site and dynamically adjust the charging speed, thus optimally distributing the available power capacity of the grid connection on a site. For example, the electric cars are charged according to the needs, like giving priority to the cars of sales employees.
- Charging station at home. There’s nothing easier than plugging in your car in the evening and driving off with a full battery in the morning. There is a suitable charging solution for every type of electric car. Smart charging systems only start charging during off-peak hours and record, among other things, the electricity costs incurred.
And it can be even simpler. We provide a customised charging solution for every company and every director at Athlon, together with our partners Eneco and Powerdale. Athlon also provides automatic reimbursement of the electricity costs to the driver for domestic installations at employees’ homes. Athlon offers a tailor-made solution with a smart mobile charger, including reimbursement of electricity costs for plug-in hybrids as well. Discover more about it here.
Need more reasons for why electric driving is on the verge of a breakthrough? You can find them in our free white paper.
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