It’s not very common these days, but we’ve started 2024 with good news in the field of electromobility – all three big players have made charging cheaper on their networks, so you can drive electric cars cheaper than conventional ones, even if you can’t charge at home or at work . But there is more good news for last year, so let’s go through them.
More electric cars
It’s going slowly but surely – last year’s 6,640 electric cars sold in the Czech Republic represent a year-on-year increase of 50%, even though they still only make up three percent of all new cars sold. Škoda and Tesla have the largest share of this growth, but many hundreds were also sold by Volkswagen, Kia and Hyundai, BMW or Mercedes.
There is also interest in electric cars on the secondary market, as the price of used cars has fallen a bit lower thanks to discounts on new Teslas. An electric car suddenly presents a very interesting alternative – especially because, unlike a car with an internal combustion engine, you know more precisely what you are buying.
The increase in the number of electric cars is also supported by the rapid development of the charging infrastructure – more than four hundred new chargers were launched last year. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of ČEZ, PRE and E.ON, we have one of the densest and most stable networks in Europe.
Although we are still lagging behind in terms of speed, HPC chargers (over 150 kW) are being built more and more often, and the fastest ones today reach a power of 360 to 400 kW – efficient charging (10-80%) is a matter of less than half an hour.
Other dozens to low hundreds of chargers are operated by smaller entities on the electric car charging market, so the given number is not the total number of chargers in operation in the Czech Republic.
The increased use of all available stations is also evidenced by the increase in energy consumption. It is worth noting that only “green” electricity, i.e. produced from renewable sources, goes into the charging stands in all cases.
What to expect this year?
Undoubtedly further growth – new chargers are put into operation almost every day. And this applies not only to the high-performance ones (HPC), which are especially suitable for longer journeys, but also to the slower ones (AC and DC) that make sense as a more gentle (for the car battery and your wallet) option when you are not in such a hurry (for example when shopping, going to the cinema or having dinner in a restaurant).
Physical accessibility and convenience also go hand in hand with this, i.e. so that the chargers are not in the middle of nowhere and completely without comfort in the form of some refreshments or at least a toilet. Chargers are increasingly being placed at gas stations, shopping center parking lots, shops and restaurants (or at least fast food), so that you always have them within reach and don’t have to spend the few (dozens) of minutes needed to charge in the wind or locked in your car.
The convenience of charging is also increased thanks to payment terminals, smarter applications and the expanding Plug and Charge function, where you don’t need to have a chip, but simply plug the charging cable into the car and the charger will do the same.