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Electric car driving in Switzerland.

I will be picking up our new Skoda Citygo next week. All electric.

I’m looking for tips and information I should know about when travelling. How to find charging stations, recharging at public charge points, etc.

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Old 14.04.2021, 17:35
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Re: Electric car driving in Switzerland.

I have no idea if the Skoda software will plan routes with charging top ups like Tesla does, but abetterroutplanner.com will do this job too. You will need to input all details of your vehicle before getting any sort of accurate results.

There are free and not free chargers all over the place from garden centres to Aldi. But these are often very slow (about 5kWh). (I charge 95% at home with a Tesla wall connector with a maximum rate of 11kWh.)

There are various apps like Chargemap, PlugShare, Ionoty etc etc. I havenĎt used any...
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Re: Electric car driving in Switzerland.

Thank you for this. The Skoda is very basic, no navigation system at all. It does have a fancy dashboard mount with adjacent USB port, for your phone. Trouble is, itís too small for my iPhone 7 w/battery pack. A real design fault. But mounts are a dime a dozen, so Iíll be depending on apps.

I had found Chargemap, but it couldnít find the charging station at the Migros b/l 2kms from my house.

Iíll check out the others.
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Re: Electric car driving in Switzerland.

I just discovered Apple Maps gives me a couple dozen local stations.
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Re: Electric car driving in Switzerland.

Always have an up to date shopping list to kill the time while waiting for the car to be charged.
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Re: Electric car driving in Switzerland.

Will you be accompanied by your pussy cats when out for a drive Bowlie?
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Will you be accompanied by your pussy cats when out for a drive Bowlie?
Their longest journey so far*, has been just over 2kms to the vet. I doubt they will go much further ...

*Other than from their birthplace in the Netherlands.
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Re: Electric car driving in Switzerland.

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I will be picking up our new Skoda Citygo next week. All electric.

Iím looking for tips and information I should know about when travelling. How to find charging stations, recharging at public charge points, etc.
You buy an electric car and don't research this first before buying?
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Re: Electric car driving in Switzerland.

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You buy an electric car and don't research this first before buying?
We bought two kittens without knowing of hairballs!

We rarely, if ever, will travel anywhere outside of 50% of the range of the car. No doubt all our charging will be from home. But I was hoping to learn from the experiences of other EFers.

If you donít ask, you donít get.
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Re: Electric car driving in Switzerland.

Might want to do a test run with all the electric equipment at full usage (i.e. Klima at full blast, Radio, lights, wipers, etc..) to determine the real range limit on a full charge.
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Might want to do a test run with all the electric equipment at full usage (i.e. Klima at full blast, Radio, lights, wipers, etc..) to determine the real range limit on a full charge.
That is a very good idea. The stated range is 270kms. As my first journey will be from Lucerne to Nyon (243 kms) I’ll leave the experimentation to a later journey. I may not even listen to the radio.

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If I avoid the autoroutes it is 218 kms with a time of 4hrs 14 minutes. If I don’t it is 243kms but only 2hrs 21 minutes.

What would you do?

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That is a very good idea. The stated range is 270kms. As my first journey will be from Lucerne to Nyon (243 kms) I’ll leave the experimentation to a later journey. I may not even listen to the radio.

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If I avoid the autoroutes it is 218 kms with a time of 4hrs 14 minutes. If I don’t it is 243kms but only 2hrs 21 minutes.

What would you do?
Good luck. Bring your GA or Halbtax (or plan this along the best charger route).

Edit: Just seeing your edit. I would take the motorway and look for a charger halfway either on or not much off the motorway. I presume you can charge 50% in half hour or so.
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Good luck. Bring your GA or Halbtax (or plan this along the best charger route).

Edit: Just seeing your edit. I would take the motorway and look for a charger halfway either on or not much off the motorway. I presume you can charge 50% in half hour or so.
Thanks ... Perhaps I’ll do Lucerne - Berne off the autoroute and the rest on. Assume it’s a scenic route, and I’ve never done it.

Does anyone know if the Tesla supercharger stations can be used by other cars (with the right cables)?
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Thanks ... Perhaps Iíll do Lucerne - Berne off the autoroute and the rest on. Assume itís a scenic route, and Iíve never done it.

Does anyone know if the Tesla supercharger stations can be used by other cars (with the right cables)?
At least in theory. Tesla seems to reserve most slots for Tesla only and restricts availability for others. No practical experience though, so others will know more.
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Re: Electric car driving in Switzerland.

Congrats!!!

I don't know what's compatible with your car but I've seen a lot of chargers on the A1 rest area Rose de la Broye. Up to 350 KW https://chargemap.com/ionity-lully.html

If you stay on the highway, there are several fast charges at many rest areas.

PS, the Tesla marketing does not apply around here. There are hundreds of charger available to any car and any credit card.

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Thanks ... Perhaps Iíll do Lucerne - Berne off the autoroute and the rest on. Assume itís a scenic route, and Iíve never done it.

Does anyone know if the Tesla supercharger stations can be used by other cars (with the right cables)?
No at the moment Tesla is for Tesla only. But there are rumors this will change.
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That is a very good idea. The stated range is 270kms. As my first journey will be from Lucerne to Nyon (243 kms) Iíll leave the experimentation to a later journey. I may not even listen to the radio.

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If I avoid the autoroutes it is 218 kms with a time of 4hrs 14 minutes. If I donít it is 243kms but only 2hrs 21 minutes.

What would you do?
The fastest route.
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Re: Electric car driving in Switzerland.

Very nice! I wish I had a possibility to charge at home, I would definitely switch to EV

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I will be picking up our new Skoda Citygo next week. All electric.

Iím looking for tips and information I should know about when travelling. How to find charging stations, recharging at public charge points, etc.
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That is a very good idea. The stated range is 270kms. As my first journey will be from Lucerne to Nyon (243 kms) I’ll leave the experimentation to a later journey. I may not even listen to the radio.

Edited to add:
If I avoid the autoroutes it is 218 kms with a time of 4hrs 14 minutes. If I don’t it is 243kms but only 2hrs 21 minutes.

What would you do?
Radio doesn't use much juice. If I had an EV, I would pack a bike in the cargo bay. Also a few traffic cones and a big sign saying "out of juice will be back soon" to plaster on the window.
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Radio doesn't use much juice. If I had an EV, I would pack a bike in the cargo bay. Also a few traffic cones and a big sign saying "out of juice will be back soon" to plaster on the window.
So how do you charge an ecar without electricity? Perhaps I should buy a diesel generator to keep in the boot/trunk.

The carís much too small for a bike.
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