Tomorrow's mobility is clean, sustainable and electric: e-mobility is on the advance and this exciting new technology is developing at breakneck speed. Thanks to larger batteries, longer range and shorter charging times, the electric car is already suitable for most everyday journeys. Long-distance journeys are also becoming increasingly attractive thanks to a growing fast-charging infrastructure and new vehicle models with larger batteries. In the future, charging e-cars will be even easier, safer and faster. Find out more here.
E-vehicles can be powered by renewable energy and are thus becoming an important part of a more sustainable lifestyle. There are currently three different electric drive concepts on the market. Each of these concepts has its individual advantages - depending on driving profile, budget, and existing infrastructure.
Fully Electric - Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
A fully electric car is powered by an electric motor and a rechargeable battery. This means that it runs without petrol, requires no oil change and is completely emission-free. To charge the battery, the vehicle is connected to a charging station or socket. Modern all-electric electric cars have a battery capacity of approx. 25 - 100kWh and are therefore particularly suitable for commuters and 80% of everyday journeys. Well-known models are BMW i3, Tesla Model S or Renault Zoe.
Plug-in-Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
The plug-in hybrid is the evolution of the hybrid vehicle, as it goes one step further than the hybrid car: a plug-in hybrid has a significantly larger battery, a more powerful electric motor and an external charging connection, with which it can also be conveniently charged via the power grid. PHEVs can drive purely electrically up to a speed of 120 km/h and cover between 12 and 30 miles in pure electric mode. In addition, they have a combustion engine and a fuel tank, so they can easily handle long distances. This makes a plug-in hybrid suitable for all driving requirements and is particularly suitable for everyday electric driving in local surroundings. Almost all manufacturers now offer plug-in versions of their models, such as the Passat GTE, BMW 330e or Volvo XC90.
Hybrid - Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)
A hybrid vehicle is primarily powered by a combustion engine and also has a small battery and an electric motor to assist in starting and accelerating. A hybrid vehicle must be fuelled in order to be powered. By recovering braking power (recuperation), it can feed energy back into the battery. Especially in city traffic with many stop-and-go phases, a lot of electrical energy can be generated and stored. However, a hybrid has no plug for charging and cannot be recharged via the mains. For this reason it is not referred to as an "electric vehicle". Typical HEVs such as the Toyota Prius or Auris have a battery capacity of less than 2 kWh.
Charging time when charging with alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC)
Charging technology of the future
The charging times generally depend on the on-board charger installed in the vehicle, the battery capacity and the power availability of the power connection. Depending on the charging capacity of the infrastructure and the state of charge of the vehicle battery, the charging time of the electric car can be between 20 minutes and 36 hours. At a household socket with an AC output of only 2.3kW, a full charge usually lasts over 12 hours for most pure electric vehicles. With a 22kW AC charging station this charging time can be reduced to less than 3 hours. Renault Zoe R90 with the 41kWh battery, for example, has a charging time of 20 hours at the mains outlet, 3 hours 20 minutes at an 11kW AC charging station and only 1 hour 38 minutes at a 22kW AC charging station. With a so-called DC quick charger, it is already possible today on most vehicles to fully charge 80% of the battery in 30 minutes.
Significantly faster loading
With your own Webasto AC charging station (charging power 22kW), your vehicle can be conveniently charged overnight in your garage at home. There is no waiting time when refuelling and no loss of time when searching for a suitable public charging station. Charging takes place silently overnight and the next day you start the day with a full battery and range.
Comparison of loading times:
Renault ZOE R90 (41kWh battery):
Standard charge with 11kW AC = 4.5 hours
Accelerated charging with up to 22kW AC = 1.75 hours
Opel Ampera-e (60kWh battery):
Standard charging with 3.7kW AC = 17 hours (10 km in 30 minutes)
Accelerated charging with up to 7.4kW AC = 20 km in 30 minutes
Tesla Model S (70kWh battery):
Standard charging with 11kW AC = 9 hours
Accelerated charging with 22kW AC = 4.6 hours
Super charges with 120kW DC = 0.5 hours
1. Powerful and safe
Scalable charging power from 3.7kW (AC 1-phase and 16A) to 22kW (AC 3-phase and 32A)
Highest electrical safety (VDE and TÜV tested)
2. Fast and efficient
Significantly faster charging time than with a standard household power socket
Efficient charging, because a high charging power results in better efficiency and less energy is consumed.
Webasto Pure and Live are suitable for all e-cars and plug-in hybrids with type 2 connectors (European standard)
Convenient charging via permanently installed charging cable at the charging station
Comfortable charging with one charging station
More and more drivers are switching to electric cars and „Utilising their electricity supply“ instead of fossil fuels. However, the conventional household socket is not designed for permanent charging with high charging power. In addition, the charging time is very long - especially for electric cars with larger batteries and longer range. A private AC charging station offers an efficient, time-saving and safe alternative.
Intelligent power switch
When charging, charging stations act as intelligent power switches and mediate the available charging power between the car and the power grid. This automatically protects the network from overload. A charging station charges significantly faster than a conventional socket (230 VAC) via a 400 VAC power connection. If necessary, the high-voltage current can be routed to the garage or carport.
Suitable for everyday use
Fuel is available at every corner one tank of fuel can last up to 1,200 km. How long does the battery last in an electric car? What happens in traffic jams? How does air conditioning or heating affect the battery? Fortunately, the fear of being left lying around in an electric car is unfounded.
On average 1 hour on the road
The ranges of electric cars are sufficient for everyday use, even with daily commuting. On average, the car is used 1 hour per day. During the rest of the time - especially at night - the electric car is recharged.
Improved battery technology
The batteries of electric cars are getting stronger and stronger. The latest generation of e-automobiles have impressive ranges.
Renault ZOE R90 (41kWh battery): 186m
Opel Ampera-e (60kWh battery): 236m
Tesla Model S (84kWh battery): 248m
Charging stations and installation
Play it safe
You have opted for convenient charging at home with a Webasto AC charging station. The powerful charging solution is one thing, the perfect infrastructure is another, because it makes a significant contribution to carefree charging. Above all, this includes a professionally executed installation of your Webasto charging station, so that everything is really safe and functions perfectly.
Digital services on request for the AC charging station Webasto Live: remote access via app, charging data reporting, cost-optimized charging, and much more.
Common connector types
In general, since 2014 the type 2 plug has been the standard plug connection for charging with alternating current (AC) in the EU; American or Japanese cars usually have the type 1 plug. When buying a car, you should therefore pay attention to which model with which type of plug you choose. Webasto has the AC charging station for your electric car that exactly matches your requirements and thus equips you with the ideal charging solution for your e-mobility.
Type 1 plug:
The Type 1 plug is primarily designed for the American 1-phase power grid. Most Japanese car manufacturers also use this type of plug.
Type 2 plug:
The type 2 plug has established itself in Europe. Most European automobile manufacturers rely on this standard. It is suitable for both a 1-phase and a 3-phase AC power grid.