HOW DOES THE ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING WORK?
All modern electric cars are powered by a lithium-ion battery. This stores direct current (DC). However, our European electricity grid only supplies alternating current (AC), which is why the on-board charger in the vehicle takes care of the conversion to direct current. This is different with a DC fast charging station: here, the alternating current from the grid is converted directly into direct current - which is why the charging process is so much faster.
HOW DO I CHARGE MY ELECTRIC CAR AT HOME?
For charging at home, we recommend installing an AC wallbox. Even with an energy transfer rate of up to 11 kW, charging is much faster than at a household socket, which is not really designed for such a high electrical output over an extended period. But it can come in useful if you are atfriend's house and need to charge your car for the return journey.
HOW CAN YOU CHARGE AN ELECTRIC CAR AT A MAINS SOCKET?
All you need to charge your electric car at a conventional socket is the standard type 2 charging cable that comes with your Opel. With a power socket, you always have a charging option close by, for example when you visit friends or family. However, the better way to charge your electric car at home is with a 3-phase wallbox. It makes charging safer and also significantly faster.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO CHARGE AN ELECTRIC CAR?
You can charge your electric car particularly cheaply at a wallbox at home, because then you pay the currently valid electricity price per kilowatt hour. At a public charging station, the costs depend on the tariff of the energy supplier or provider and also on whether you are charging with alternating current or direct current. At a DC fast charging station, you can charge your battery to 80% in around 30 minutes - but this costs significantly more.