The most common mistakes when buying an e-car
1. Refrain from CCS
CCS charging stations are only available on the go, wallboxes for at home only offer a maximum of 22 kW anyway. So it is mainly drivers who benefit regularly charge quickly on the go want. In addition, it is very likely that it will facilitate resale later if the feature is on board.
2. Do not order a heat pump
Cars with internal combustion engines heat their interior without using extra energy. The heated cooling water flows through a heat exchanger and ensures that the air that flows into the interior is heated. It doesn’t work so easily with electric cars.
A heat pump can help. If it is installed, the waste heat from the drive components is also used in the electric car to heat the interior. The range in cold temperatures improves. With some manufacturers the pump is standard, with others it costs extra – or it is not even offered. A heat pump is a “nice-to-have”, but not worth it for everyone, says Stefan Moeller from the electric car rental company Nextmove. The price is high, the yield is relatively low – The feature pays off especially for frequent driversthe expert believes.
3. Choose a battery that is too small
More range means fewer worries for e-car drivers. One thing is clear: If you have to deal with longer journeys on a regular basis, then it is definitely worth choosing the largest battery capacity. But otherwise it can be a mistake to save on the battery of all things – because with increasing mileage, the capacity will decrease, cold temperatures also limit the range. And in view of the expected technical progress, e-cars that already lack range look old even faster. That makes reselling difficult.