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- 1. Plan your trip well
- 2. Adapt the trip to your electric car
- 3. Be considerate of others when charging
- 4. Be prepared for temperature changes
- 5. Bring the necessary equipment for the trip
- 6. Drive safely — choose road sections that are well developed for electric cars
- 7. Use the charging map, then you always know where you can charge
- 8. Leave when you can — not when you have to
- 9. Save your energy — take good breaks
The charging regulations
1. Plan your trip well
2. Adapt the trip to your electric car
Electric cars are different.
Know your car and know how to charge it.
Customize the trip according to the drive that gives the longest range for
your electric car.
Use downhills to regenerate power to the battery.
Drive well in traffic, and take other drivers into consideration.
3. Be considerate of others when charging
Although new charging points are constantly being built, there is still a possibility of a charging queue on departure days.
If you drive along a stretch well covered with charging stations and you see a queue, consider whether you can drive to the next charging point.
It is recommended not to fast charge the battery to more than 80 percent.
After that, many will find that the charging speed drops considerably, because it takes longer to place the current on the car's battery.
Here, it may be a good idea to move to a medium-speed charging station.
Then you also help another electric motorist who may need the fast charger a little more than you right then.
4. Be prepared for temperature changes
Remember that the temperature outside affects your range.
Feel free to subtract a few miles from how far you have to drive when planning the route.
This is how you avoid unpleasant surprises, should the temperature along the route suddenly drop.
If you are going to drive over a mountain pass on your trip, it might be a good idea to bring warm clothes and some blankets.
You never know when the road will be closed to traffic.
Remember that your charging time is affected by the cold.
If you have to fast charge one morning after the car has been standing for a long and cold night, it will go significantly slower than when the temperature of your battery pack is at a normal level.
Instead use a normal charger until the battery is warmer, or drive until the car is warm if you have electricity for it.
You get the highest charging effect when the car is warm and the battery has little current.
5. Bring the necessary equipment for the trip
Bring a charging cable with a Type 2 connector for medium-fast charging adapted to your car.
If you stop for an overnight stay or something that takes a little longer, it may not be necessary to fast charge.
Many accommodations have charging facilities for electric cars, and most municipalities have well-developed charging solutions for visitors.
6. Drive safely — choose road sections that are well developed for electric cars
Drive along stretches of road well developed with electric car chargers.
Then you can more easily skip a charging station on the route if there is a queue, or a charging station is out of order.
In Norway, we are so lucky that we have many stretches of road well covered with charging stations.
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7. Use the charging map, then you always know where you can charge
The car's GPS is not always updated at charging stations in the area where you are.
If there is a need for it, a charging map can help you get to the nearest charging point.
has a charging map where you can get directions to the nearest charger.
8. Leave when you can — not when you have to
It is often a good idea to connect to an available charger even if you may not need to charge every now and then.
If you stop at a place with a charging station, even if it's just for five minutes, plug into the socket.
You'll get that again for later.
9. Save your energy — take good breaks
At many charging points, it is possible to get something to eat while you charge.
If you take good breaks, you won't be so tired from driving long distances either.
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