Charge your electric car comfortably at home and on the go.
With the right charging cable in the boot, you can refuel at any public charging station for electric cars. To use them, however, you need to have your own cable for your electric car with you. (For fast-charging stations, the cable is already attached to the column.) With the MOBILITY DOCK or the mobile charging station from Lapp, you can also conveniently refuel at a household or industrial socket, for example at a friend's house or at work.
Most often, however, electric cars are charged at home. After all, nothing is more convenient than parking in your own garage or carport, connecting the charger to the electric car and later driving off with a full battery.
Charging an electric car at home also has the advantage that it is far cheaper than refuelling at public charging stations. With a private wallbox for your electric car, you are independent of the tariffs of the charging station providers.
Choosing the right charging cable and plug
As described above, there are several ways to charge your car:
• at home at a socket or wallbox
• on the road at public charging stations, fast charging stations as well as at work or at friends' houses
The only requirement is to have the right charger with the right plugs for your electric car. In Germany, all charging points have a standardised type 2 socket. This inlet is also common on all European car models. A so-called Mode 3 charging cable with Type 2 plugs on both sides allows you to charge at all charging stations without any problems.
American or Asian car models usually have a Type 1 plug installed. Chargers for such electric cars must therefore have a type 2 plug on the charging station side and a type 1 plug to connect the vehicle.
In the case of fast-charging stations for electric cars, other types of plugs are used. In Europe, the CCS connector is standard, while in Japan a CHAdeMO connector is used.
The easiest way to do this is to charge at the socket. Here, the Mode 2 charging cable has a normal household plug on one side and the Type 2 plug on the other. A protective and control box integrated into the cable monitors the charging process.
How long does it take to charge an electric car?
When it comes to charging time, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Some electric cars can be fully charged in just 20 minutes, while older models can take longer. The length of the charging process depends on several factors:
• Size of the battery
• Charging power of the charging station or socket
• Charging technology of the vehicle
This means, for example, that it is more time-consuming to charge an electric car with a large battery than one with a smaller battery. It also takes longer to reach the last fifth to full charge than the first 80 percent. Likewise, the charging method and charger of the respective electric car have an influence on how long you have to wait before you can continue driving.