A trip by an electric car can be breathtaking, impressive, and rich in unique experience. Especially when driving a brand new car. Hypothetically, this should have been the vacation of Alexander Jovilet and his family from Luxembourg, but instead of strong emotions, they got a lot of problems and experienced huge stress. The reason is the chaos prevailing on the chargers.
The unusual story was narrated by focus.de journalists. Alexander decided to go on a trip to France with his family. They had just purchased an electric SUV Kia e-Niro, and went on a vacation - what could go wrong?
However, after a while, the difficulties occurred. And they were related to charging: the infrastructure itself in Europe is already quite developed, but it is not easy for drivers without a "smart" control system that could check the charger's availability and compatibility with a car, book chargers, as well as navigate to them. It was this fact that turned a family trip into a real horror.
All along the trip Alexander, in fact, had one successful charging - the first one, before leaving home. In all other cases, there were problems. Namely:
In general, Alexander said that he was satisfied with the car, and he really liked the philosophy of electric cars but admitted that the infrastructure doesn’t work appropriately everywhere. We would like to add that if he used the To-U app, he could have avoided many problems, maybe even all of them.
The To-U application covers more than 65,000 charging stations in 47 countries around the world. It allows drivers to book a charger, get all the necessary information about it, map the best route, etc. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.