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Electric mobility is set to change our day-to-day lives. It could change yours soon, too. For instance, you’ll be able to charge your electric car while you sleep, work or go shopping. Plus, the many charging stations available when you are out and about mean you will be within easy reach of power around the clock. And if you also use power that is actually being generated from renewable primary energy sources and is not just certified as renewable, you will be well on the road to a future with more sustainability and fewer emissions.
Imagine getting into your electric vehicle in the morning and starting the day full of energy. While you’ve been resting overnight, your car has also been recharging. All you need for this is an optional mains charging cable. It enables you to charge at any domestic socket.
If you are renting rather than living in your own house or if you own an apartment in a shared building and park on the street, charging can seem more difficult as we don’t yet have a public charging infrastructure in every residential area. The easiest option is to charge at work if there is a suitable charger the car park. The advantage of this option is that if you commute by car (travelling a total distance of around 50 km a day), you will only need to charge once a week. You can do this is in the morning or afternoon while you are at work.
Increasing numbers of employers are gradually electrifying their vehicle fleets and company cars. Many employers are setting up charging infrastructures and are now offering their staff the option to charge their electric cars or plug-in hybrids at a company charging station. This is changing mobility. Perhaps your employer already provides charging points in the company car park? If you commute short distances of around 30 miles a day, you will only need to charge your electric car once a week. The ideal solution is to do this during your working hours.
Time is so valuable these days. Why not use the time spent charging to run some errands? You could go shopping, for example. An increasing number of stores are gradually setting up their own charging stations. This means that you can not only cover the daily charging needs of your electric car (sometimes even for free), but you can also make good use of the time while your vehicle is charging.
If you drive long distances, you will need to charge your electric vehicle on the motorway. The good news is that a substantial amount of development is planned over the next two years. The rapid charging infrastructure is being built and expanded. Among these efforts, the Volkswagen Group is working to build this kind of charging network as part of the IONITY joint venture that has been set up with other automotive manufacturers. Electricity providers are also making greater investments to expand rapid charging stations on motorways, which means that a large number of motorway service stations will have suitable charging options in the foreseeable future.