1. The Netherlands currently has 2187 fast charging points. Most are in North Holland (387 pieces). EV drivers in Zeeland should plan their charging stops well, because that province only has 27 fast chargers.
2. Fast charging usually takes 30 minutes to an hour. The exact time it takes depends on the charging capacity of the car, the charging capacity of the fast charger and the battery capacity. A large battery carries more current than a small one.
3. Fast chargers are getting faster and faster. Most charging stations along the highway have a charging capacity of 50 kW, but piles of 175 or 350 kW are being installed at an increasing number of locations. You want to use it if your electric car can handle more than 50 kW (such as the Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa-e, the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia e-Niro and Kia e-Soul).
4. At the moment the Porsche Taycan (test) is the ultimate fast charging king (270 kW), closely followed by the Tesla Model 3 (250 kW), the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (220 kW) and the Audi E-Tron (150 kW).
5. Tesla has its own fast chargers – called Superchargers. Only Teslas can charge there. At the moment it is still possible with 150 kW, but the new Superchargers (V3) support 250 kW. In this way, the battery of a Model 3 Long Range is 80 percent full after 25 minutes.
6. With many electric cars it is like this: the fuller the battery, the slower the fast charging. Every electric car has its own charging process. You can view the graph of your car on the Fastned website.
7. If you are going to fast charge, you can leave the charging cable in the trunk – the required charging cable is attached to the fast charger.
8. Most fast chargers have three plugs: CCS, Chademo and AC. In colloquial terms: the figure-eight plug that fits in many EVs (CCS), the Nissan Leaf plug (Chademo) and the Renault Zoe plug (AC).
9. Most new electric cars have a CCS connection. This is the only plug that supports the Ionity fast chargers. Ionity is building a European fast charging network and is a partnership of BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Volkswagen and Hyundai.
10. The colder it is outside, the less energy you get in and out of the battery. In high summer, a battery pack can also become too hot. To prevent this, some batteries are cooled with liquid, others use air.
11. Especially if you want to fast charge several times a day, a liquid cooled battery is a must.
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