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    Trevor Larkum

    What is it with petrolheads? Can’t they enjoy a car when it doesn’t burn fossil fuels – even if it has the same performance and is as much fun to driv
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    There is a Swedish website with all the recharging stations, in the South of Sweden there is ONE Type-2 charging station, the next one is 250km away. This might be one of the many reasons ZOE is not launched in Sweden…

    So driving in Sweden I will be relying on the EVSE until the recharging network is built up, which is something I’m fully aware of and can accept. These journalists are unable to think out of the box. To find a regular 220V Schuko is very easy, and most of them are free.

    I will be lobbying my local shopping malls and any other place I intend to visit to buy charging stations, and I’m sure most of the EV drivers will ‘show off’ their ZOEs and hopefully build a great awareness of EVs and eventually all the malls will have free charging to get us to go there to shop.


    Trevor Larkum

    I agree – I think that’s the right attitude. However, if the Zoe doesn’t allow for charging from 220V then that becomes a big problem.



    I asked Renault on FB about this before, and I got the understanding that it would work, just that their cable is not ready yet, or that it if a house only got 220V 1phase with a low Ampere the speed would be too slow and give customers a bad experience.

    But if what you say is correct, there is no way many of us can buy a ZOE, it would make it much too limited until the charging network has been built up, and looking at Sweden with two chargers south of Stockholm…. we might be talking many years more…

    I will visit a factory making EVSE cables and charging boxes here on Wednesday, I hope to get a lot more information about the cable and the market.


    Trevor Larkum

    A standard wallbox with a decent current (16A or 32A) will be fine, and that’s what most owners will use. The problem is if you go to visit relatives, as without the cable you won’t be able to recharge to get home.


    Ben San

    Living in a flat in Copenhagen City, the only home charging possibility is the public charging posts, that have been available the last 6 months in my parking area.

    Preordered a Zoe immediately, when I first spottet the new charging pole.

    Start up payment with Better Place is DKK 10.000. This includes a private home charging box, that I cannot use, but still have to pay for.

    For my beach house in Sweden I will have to buy a home charging box, because Better Place will not hand me over one of their boxes.

    In Sweden I shall of course pay for the electricity, but I shall also pay extra DKK 5,00 pr kWh  to Better Place, because they charge after the km driven…

    In Sweden I will install a 11 kW  (3x16A) box.

    Better Place clame, that all their posts in Denmark now will be  11 kW  (3x16A). Until now they have been only 3,7 kW  (1x16A).

    Exiting but expensive.




    Trevor Larkum

    Another take on the subject of the article:

    Are Journalists Trying to Kill the Electric Car?

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