Will the electric drive soon be the “conventional” drive (again)?

The history of the internal combustion engine goes back more than 130 years. A lot has happened since Carl Benz applied for a patent for his motorised tricycle in 1886. But one thing has never changed, and that’s the principle that the engine burns a mixture of fossil fuels and air and derives kinetic and thermal energy from this explosion, which is then used for propulsion (and heating). The field of automobility was thus more than ready for new driving concepts. The rapidly developed battery technology helped make the electric motor, which had its first golden era more than 100 years ago, suitable for everyday use – and thus for a greater degree of acceptance. With a range that is often beyond 300 km, more and more people see the electric vehicle as the better choice – and it will certainly be perceived as normal in the near future. It remains to be seen what will unfold over the next (far fewer than 130) years.

Woman next to charging station
Socket in the shape of a car
All-electric drive with a battery

Currently the most popular variant: these cars are driven by only an electric motor, which is powered by a battery built into the floor of the car.

All-electric drive with fuel cells

An option with great potential: vehicles with fuel cells are also powered purely electrically. However, the electricity is generated from the energy source hydrogen, which is carried on board as fuel in the high-pressure tank.

Hybrid: Combination of combustion and electric

The interim solution to E-Mobility: hybrid cars are powered by both an electric and a combustion engine.

Charging infrastructure

What use is the most awesome electric car if it cannot be conveniently and safely charged with electricity? That’s exactly why the change to e-mobility depends on the quality of the charging infrastructure and the quantity of charging stations. There are different solutions and options to meet this need.

At home
Father and son loading at home

If conditions at home allow it, a fixed charging point in the garage or at the carport is a great convenience: your vehicle’s battery is charged while you are at home sleeping, eating, reading… This can be done either via a wallbox with mains power or (ideally) via self-generated electricity from your PV system.

At work
Woman charging e-car at work

More and more organisations are offering their employees the option of charging the battery of their e-vehicle during working hours at the company’s own charging station. This service, provided “incidentally” by the employer, has advantages for everyone involved: employees benefit from cheap or free “refuelling” (which is also exempt from income tax) – and organisations improve their eco-balance.

On the road
Woman at public charging station, on the road

When you are on the road for a long time, it’s good to know where and when you can charge your battery. That is why we already offer one of the largest charging networks in Europe. Our app shows you at a glance where you can find the next charging station. In addition, more and more supermarkets, restaurants and hotels are now making charging stations available for free or cheap charging.

It’s all a question of time – or performance

When it comes to charging, the question that often arises is: how long it takes to charge your car’s battery? There is no general answer to this, because it does not only depend on the charging power, but also on battery capacity, the charge level and ambient temperature. Nevertheless, here is an overview of various common charging systems and their charging times.

Überblick der Ladezeiten verschiedener E-Auto-Ladesysteme
E-car from E.ON in Würzburg
Driving pleasure

Acceleration is silent: all it takes is a quick tap on the accelerator pedal. In fact, the electric pedals alone are enough to leave you delighted and amazed. The vehicle’s ability to achieve “instant torque” – maximum torque immediately from a standstill – not only leaves spectators speechless, but is also a particular source of pleasure for the driver (and passengers).

Slowing down

Driving becomes relaxed: you inevitably usually drive more slowly, with more foresight and more evenly in order to achieve as much range as possible. But that's not all – just half an hour at the charging station can help you slow down, for example by using it for a break, a walk or a nice chat (with other drivers of electric cars).

Cost savings

Maintenance is inexpensive: in fact, vehicles with electric drives are becoming increasingly more cost-effective. This is not only due to purchase prices dropping, but also to government subsidies and tax breaks in many European countries. In addition, drivers of electric cars have the benefit of low wear and tear and thus significantly lower workshop expenses.

Sustainability

Your driving becomes emission-free: with your car, not only is there no CO2 coming out of the non-existent exhaust, you also drive almost noiselessly. In this way, you are doing some good for the environment (and your surroundings) with and in an electric vehicle. This is all the more true if you charge your e-car with electricity from renewable sources.

Suitability for everyday use

Practical range: most e-cars already have a realistic range (beyond the NEDC and WLTP standards) of around 300 km – and in some cases significantly more. With the current density of charging networks along the highways, charging is no problem even on longer journeys – especially since most people rarely cover more than 50 km a day in everyday use.

Choosing a car

Wide range: if you decide to buy an electric car, you will find that already there is nothing left to be desired. That is because almost every manufacturer offers one or more models for each class of vehicles – from the small(est) car like the Smart or Renault ZOE, to the compact class like the VW ID.3 and Nissan Leaf, and on to the luxury class like the Mercedes EQC and Porsche Taycan.

Make racing electric instead of a fuel-filled frenzy

Discover how surprisingly exciting electric driving is:
this ad, which is part of our “Freedom is electric” campaign, uses dry humour to show what the road to E-Mobility can look like – and what it sounds like.

Finger on green start button E-Mobility

Private customers

Connecting your electric car to your electricity supply at home is convenient and efficient – and probably the most popular method of charging the vehicle’s battery. With a wallbox, this is quick and can be completely climate-neutral if, for example, you use self-generated electricity from your own PV system. So – if you are looking to charge your electric vehicle in your own garage, you've come to the right place, because we have a large selection of wallboxes to offer you.

Organisations and municipalities

Are you looking for solutions for your organisation or your municipal area? We have attractive offers for your employees, your customers and your vehicle fleet. With us, you are dealt the best hand when it comes to charging stations, charging infrastructure, our business tariff, load management, installation and operation as well as advice. We are also there if, for example, you would like to use your own green commercial electricity or expand your vehicle fleet with electric vehicles and possibly also charge the E.ON Drive Booster. In addition, E-Mobility is finding its way into the logistics industry and local public transport, especially with regard to buses.

What type are you? A small connector customer

Just how important it is to find the right connection is shown by the variety of different charging plugs for the different power networks and standardisations. Here we have listed the most important types of connectors.

CCS connector

With the Combined Charging System – also called the Combo 2 – you can charge both direct and alternating current (DC and AC). This is because the plug of this combined fast charging system is divided into two areas according to European standards: the upper part corresponds to the type 2 connection, which enables AC charging, while the lower part of the plug is required for charging direct current on a rapid-charging station (DC). Most vehicles that are available in Europe come with the CCS system. The charging power of the charging stations ranges from 20 to 350 kW, although this maximum power has not yet been supported by any car manufacturer.

Type 2 connector

This is currently the AC standard plug in Europe: the type 2 plug is suitable for both a 1- and 3-phase alternating current network and enables charging capacities of 3.7 to 11 kW. The type 2 connector is characterised by being easy to use, universal and robust.

CHAdeMO

The CHAdeMO fast-charging system was developed in Japan and allows DC voltage charging with up to 100 kW. The name is a so-called backronym of Charge de Move and is a free translation of “Would you like a cup of tea”. This means that an empty car battery can be charged to 80% battery capacity within 15 to 30 minutes – the time it takes to drink a cup of tea. In fact, most public charging stations only have an output of 50 kW. Before buying an e-car, you should note that the CHAdeMO system is being supported less and less at European charging stations.

Your advantages with E.ON Drive

E.ON Drive: Geiselwind charging station
36,000+ charging points worldwide

Charge when you need it, as you need it – more than 36,000 times worldwide. As one of the biggest charging network operators in Europe, we offer a large number of charging points at customer locations in Europe and the USA. And because this number is constantly growing, the question is becoming more and more that of where to fill up and not whether.

Sale of charging hardware

As a private customer, organisation or municipality, are you looking to do more than “just” use our solutions and charge your e-car's battery at affordable rates while you are on the move? Then allow us to make that happen: as a solution provider for electromobility, we can sell you the right (stationary and mobile) charging solutions for your home, business or municipal charging stations – everything under one roof.

100,000+ charges/month

If you are driving electrically, you need a dense network of reliable charging options. Our focus is on smart charging. In Germany, for example, we perform more than 100,000 charging processes per month – and these have a reliability rate of more than 99.8 percent. Talk of an adequate charging infrastructure will soon be a thing of the past.

(Ultra-)fast charging stations

The kW output built into the charging stations plays an important role in the speed with which the battery can be charged – and when you charge with AC, the charging technology in the car also comes into play. With our 170 charging stations that have an output of up to 50 kW charging power, the charging time is around an hour; with the ultra-fast DC charging stations that offer 150 to 350 kW, it is usually significantly less than half an hour.

Technological development

We are driving development through numerous partnerships with automobile manufacturers such as VW, BMW and Nissan. Working in collaboration with VW, we brought the E.ON Drive Booster – our mobile fast-charging station – onto the market. As an international technology provider for electromobility in Germany and the USA, we also develop our own hardware and software (IT back-end) for customers worldwide.

Comprehensive, worry-free service

First-class charging options are good, but offering additional service to help with other issues is better. If you would like any further information about our offers or if you need help in the event of a problem, we are here for you. Our service is available to you for any issues relating to our products and services – via hotline, email, chat or social media.

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The right drive

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