More and more people are now opting for electric cars instead of diesel or petrol cars, and the transition of the transport sector is fast. This also increases the demands of capacity and places where you can charge your car. Partille Energi wants to make it easier for you, if you are the owner of an electric car or if you plan to get one. Therefore we are investing in setting up a number of public charging stations in Partille.
Here we present some tips and advice if you are going to charge the car in your own house, or if the tenant-owned housing association (BRF) wants to install electric car charging.
Useful info about electric cars and charging
Better for the environment
One environmental benefit of an electric car, compared to a petrol or diesel car, is that it will emit much less carbon dioxide while you are driving. Moreover, if you charge the car with renewable electricity, the emissions will be even lower. Another environmental benefit is that electric cars are generally quieter than other cars. This contributes to reduced traffic noise, especially in urban areas
Energy consumption and charging time
The energy consumption for a passenger car running on electricity is usually 1.5–2 kWh/10 km. This can vary a lot depending on car model, speed, how heavily the car is loaded and if the air conditioning is on while you drive.
During normal charging at home, an electric car is charged about 20 km/hour in a 1-phase socket with a 16 A fuse. The charging time can vary between 6–25 hours, depending on the car model. If the battery is not completely discharged, the charging time will be shorter to reach full range again.
At a fast charging station, the battery can be fully charged after only about 20 minutes.
Cheaper than petrol and diesel
An electric car is more expensive to buy compared to traditional cars, but the tax rate is lower.
How much it will cost to charge an electric car depends on whether you charge it at home with a charging box, which is usually the cheapest option, or at a public charging station. Charging your car at home, you can calculate with a cost of approximately 1.50 SEK/kWh, or approximately 3 SEK/10 km.
The price for charging the car at public charging stations varies a lot. A normal price would be 3–6 SEK/kWh, or approximately 6–12 SEK/10 km. Keep in mind that parking fees may apply at some stations.
The approximate cost for electricity to an electric car, mainly charged at home, would be 3.50-4.50 SEK/10 km.
We are setting up public charging stations
In May 2022, we inaugurated seven public charging stations for electric cars that Partille Energi and Partillebo jointly built in the municipality. The investment was made with support from the Västra Götaland regionen.
Since the number of electric cars has increased very quickly, we are now jointly building six new public charging stations with Partillebo, which will be ready at the end of 2023.
The new charging stations are being built in Övre Björndammen, Stärtered, Finngösa, Vallhamra and at two locations in Öjersjö. The stations are partially financed with the support of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency via Klimatklivet and EU funds through NextGenerationEU.
With public charging points, it will also be much easier for you who live in an apartment or are visiting to charge the electric car in Partille.
Here are the stations that have been completed since 2022
Facts about the charging stations
- Standard charger with a maximum of 22 kW AC
- Load balancing when several cars are charged at the same time
- Type 2 connector
- Localisation at public car parks, open for all
- Combined payment for parking and charging via Easypark
- A dedicated zone code för charging stations
If you want to charge your electric car at home
To charge an electric car from a normal socket at home might be a tempting idea. However, there is a danger of fire, the charging will take longer and it is not economical. We recommend you to install a charger that is adapted for electric car charging, with the help of a qualified electrician.
Charging box – to be on the safe side
With a charging box installed by a qualified electrician, you get a safe solution for charging your electric car at home. This is important because all electrical cables and connectors must withstand the high current during electric car charging. Also, the charging box automatically disconnects the electricity when the battery is fully charged or if something goes wrong.
The most common charging effect for home charging is 3.7 kW, and most cars can take that delivered power effect. You can select a charger with one or two sockets. If somebody else in the family gets an electric car, or if you have visitors, it may be worth having double sockets.
Solutions to keep the electricity cost down
A charging box can give you possibilities to control your outtake to keep electricity costs down. At Partille Energi the electricity network fee is divided into two parts: the effect tariff and the electricity network fee. To keep the maximum effect outtake down, it’s a good idea to plan when to charge your electric car. Make sure the car is charged when you and your family do not use too many other electric devices. This is often at night.
Tips to keep the effect outtake down when charging the car: Choose a charger with load balancing. Adjust and set the car’s maximum effect when charging. Make sure the charging is done at certain times of the day.
Grants and support
You can get a tax reduction of 50 percent of the cost for work and materials when installing so-called green technology, and this includes electric car charging. The new rules apply to installations started and paid for from 1 January 2021.
Read more on the Swedish Tax Agency’s website (Swedish)
Charging for tenant-owned cooperative housing associations (BRF)
Many tenant-owned housing associations are considering to install charging stations. It can be tempting to use engine heater sockets to charge electric cars, but this is something we want to advise against. Components and cables are not made for several hours of charging and the heat generation that could occur.
Here you can read more about how you can proceed to install charging stations and some tips on what to consider.
Figure out how many charging sockets you intend to install and a suitable power effect. Chargers with a 3.7 kW power effect is enough for most needs when a car is parked at home, which will be the case most of the time. But course it is possible to choose chargers with higher power effect. Also consider where the chargers will be placed. Indoor places where chargers are close to each other will make installations easier and cheaper than outdoor places on poles.
Make sure the electricity supply is sufficient
It is important to check with Partille Energi that there is sufficient free power effect in the property and in the area. At Partille Energi the electricity network fee is divided into two parts: the effect tariff and the electricity energy fee. Therefore, it is a good idea to choose chargers with load balancing to keep down the maximum effect outtake on the subscription.
Charging points requires wiring for electricity supply and installation of charging boxes. The work must be carried out by a certified electrician who must submit a pre-registration to Partille Energi via foranmalan.nu before the work starts. A complete registration must be submitted when the work is done.
Rules to consider
A building permit is not required if the association owns the car parking lot. However, an agreement may be required with the landowner if the housing association does not own the land for the car parking lot.
There are several ways to receive payment from those who charge their cars. One way could be that residents who use a charging station pay a higher parking fee. If a tenant-owned housing association (BRF) chooses to charge the tenants for the electricity they use at the charging station, the association may have to be VAT registered, according to the rules that apply from January 2020.
The cost for a charging box will be 12,000–20,000 for equipment and installation. The cost for a charging pole will be 20,000–50,000 SEK for equipment and installation. The association’s electricity trading company may offer charging solutions including materials and installation. But you can also choose to buy boxes or charging poles directly from the suppliers.
A tip is to consider which of the charging operators who will offer the best solution for the association’s needs, including for control, administration and payment.
Grants and support
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) offers grants for charging boxes and installation. The grant is given as a lump sum where you can get back 50 % of the costs. The maximum grant is SEK 15,000 per charging point, for charging box and installation.