This is how smart charging will save the electric car

The number of electric cars is expected to increase in the coming years. This growth will lead to a higher demand for electricity. Smart charging can spread the demand for electricity more evenly. What is smart charging and why is it a good idea?

Do you have an electric car or are you thinking about buying one? Then make sure you have done the charging properly. A driveway with its own charging station is ideal, but that’s not all. Because if you connect the electric car to the charging station, it will immediately charge at full power until the battery is full. That works, but there is a smarter way of charging that is good for your wallet, the environment and the power grid.

What is smart charging?

In this article we highlight the benefits of smart charging with the help of the information organization Milieu Centraal. Let’s start at the beginning: what is smart charging? A charging station with a smart charging function controls charging based on the current electricity price and the supply of green electricity. And the system is so smart not to charge when everyone is cooking or watching football, but rather when the power grid is quiet. Of course this is automatic and your car’s battery is always full when you need it.

This is how smart charging will save the electric car

3 benefits of smart charging

We already touched on the 3 advantages of smart charging above: smart charging makes charging cheaper, more sustainable and more electricity friendly. That’s like this:

  1. Smart charging is cheaper because you charge when the electricity is cheap. You may be able to take advantage of an off-peak rate for the evenings and at night, but a dynamic energy contract really pays off. The electricity price differs per day or even per hour. And how cool is it to fill the large battery pack of your car when electricity is dirt cheap?! The smart software also takes into account the yield of your solar panels.
  2. Smart charging is more sustainable because you can instruct the smart charging function to charge when a lot of green energy is available on the grid. Or as soon as your own solar panels supply power. This way you can ensure that your electric car drives as green as possible.
  3. Smart charging is more electricity-friendly because charging an electric car requires a lot of electricity in a short time. By spreading that high power demand over more hours and by avoiding the times when households in the Netherlands use a lot of electricity, you put less strain on the power grid.

What do you need for smart charging?

Smart charging is a handy and sensible addition to your electric car. For this you need a smart charging station, a smart electric car or a smart charging app on your phone to control charging. Below we link to the charging station selection help from Milieu Centraal and the page on their website with more information about smart charging. Among other things about whether it is already possible to use your electric car as a home battery.

Find out more or charging point advice required? Check the website from Environment Central!

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