Good to know about electric and plugin hybrid cars
When it comes to choosing a lease car, there are many factors that come into play. To help you decide which car is best for your needs, we've outlined some important information about electric and plug-in hybrid cars below. If you're unsure about the difference between electric and plug-in hybrid cars, you can read more
. At GoMore we want to promote the green wave and therefore offer a wide range of both electric and plug-in hybrid cars. You can see them all
Charging solutions for your car
If you have a plug-in hybrid car, the battery needs to be charged just like an electric car. Plug-in cars also have the option to run on pure fuel without electricity, if preferred on longer journeys. There is also a hybrid variant, often known as "mild hybrid cars". A mild hybrid does not need charging as the battery is charged when the car brakes. Mild hybrids do not have as large a battery as plug-in hybrids and electric cars.
You have the option to have a charging station installed at home, allowing you to charge directly from the driveway. There are various providers of charging stations, but they often cost around DKK8,000 for the charging box itself, including installation and connection to your electricity grid. Some providers also offer home installation and a subscription for charging on the move, for example E.ON and Clever.
In Denmark, there are two major providers of public charging solutions, which are E.ON and Clever. If you live in an apartment and don't have the option of home charging or want to take your car on longer trips and thus be able to charge cheaply on the go, this may be a good option for you.
As a new initiative for 2020, some municipalities have chosen to make it free for electric cars (not hybrids or plug-in hybrids) to park in public spaces. Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, among others, welcome this. In many other cities it is possible to find parking in electric car lots, but it is often not free to park there. Always read the parking signs or the rules of the specific municipality.
Charging time for electric cars
Charging times can vary a lot as cars come with different size batteries and some electric cars have a fast-charging option. The type of charging station also affects charging speed.
Most electric cars come with a battery of between 40 - 60 kWh. With a normal charger (11 kWh) and most home chargers, it will take 5 - 12 hours to charge from 0% - 80%. The last 20% will take longer to charge, but will often be able to be charged within that time. Factors such as freezing weather can affect the charging time of the battery and slow down the rate, resulting in longer charging times than in optimal summer weather.
Many of the newer electric cars have fast charging capability, with charging points capable of charging at 43 - 175 kWh. This allows you to charge your car on the move at a rest area, without taking as long as charging at normal charging points.
All electric cars can be charged using an emergency charging cable (also called a granny cable) for use in a normal socket. However, this is only meant as a temporary solution. It is always recommended to charge the electric car at a charging box or charging stand. A good rule of thumb is that just as you don't use a spare wheel unless you have to, the emergency charging cable is also meant as an emergency solution. The reason for this is that it can overload the electricity grid in your home and damage the car.
Range of electric cars
As with charging time, the range is very different for different electric cars. As a rule of thumb, an electric car can travel about 5 km per kWh. This means that a car with a 44 kWh battery can travel about 220 km. There are various factors that can affect the range of the electric car. These include:
- Outdoor temperature: in a cold climate, the car does not travel as far on a charge. An electric car will go furthest when it is about 20 - 25 degrees outside.
- Using air conditioning and electronics in the car: If you use, for example, heated seats or turn up the heat in the car during the cold months, your range may be shorter as the car uses power for these functions.
- Speed: At higher speeds, the car uses more power. This means that your range will be shortened when driving purely on the motorway, while your car can cover more kilometres when driving in town or on the highway.
You can see the driving range of our electric cars on the individual lease offers. The range shown is the new WLTP method, which is closer to the real range than the previously used NEDC method. The range is provided by the manufacturer and it is this range that we are passing on.
If you have specific questions about a car, please contact us, as we can take the specific car as a starting point.
Advantages of plug-in hybrids and electric cars:
| Electric car
|| Plugin hybrid car
| Does not emit local pollution
|| Combined driving with fuel + electricity at the same time or pure electricity for short trips
| Especially good for city driving
|| Good for both short and long trips
| Charge the car overnight
|| Charge the car overnight (or faster because of the smaller battery)
| Automatic transmission
|| Automatic transmission
| Free parking in several municipalities
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