Start on Saturday. The route leads through Thuringia via the A 71. On this highway you can drive quietly on weekends. The first charging station is still being planned on the A7, at the Riedener Wald service area. First wish: Four Ionity charging stations are under maintenance and cannot be used. That’s why it’s always good to have a plan B when planning your trip and still have enough battery power: So we’ll travel to Oerlenbach on the A 71.
There is an EnBW fast charging station. Ionity has launched a payment network at road service stations. EnBW, on the other hand, is looking for business locations on highway exits. Large charging parks are almost unsigned and can only be found in charging apps. That is why there is always a free payment center here. Especially during the holiday season, you should consider these premium savings when planning your trip.
Amazon has a logistics center in Oerlenbach. A gas and coffee station and a restroom are also nearby. It’s cool, more than ten degrees. The battery lasts the whole holiday in cold conditions. Heating to speed up loading. In 23 minutes the battery is charged from 33 to 83%.
Range of the Kia EV 6: 540 km on Rügen, 340 km on the Autobahn
The Kia EV 6 on the highway remains constant for 340 to 360 km. It does not matter whether it is over the Thuringian mountains or through the Brandenburg flat. However, you should not fully expand the row, because there is no guarantee that the payment on the next row will work.
The filling station is being replaced quickly: Instead of air cleaners and vacuums, there are now electric charging stations here. © Frank Nippau
After a short stay in Dessau, we continue on Sunday via the eastern Berliner Ring and the A 11 / A 20 towards Rügen. The fast charging network on the autobahns is well developed as far as Berlin. After that there is a huge gap of about 200 km to the Demminer Land service area. Sunday lunchtime chaos reigns here at 6 fast charging stations. Because electric cars from Berlin want to recharge to reach the Baltic Sea. And those returning from the Baltic Sea want to reload to reach Berlin.
After all, no one scolds, there are many conversations and we find a payment center that charges after 2 failed attempts. This Sunday’s chaos is a foretaste of the coming years – when electric cars continue to proliferate, but the growth of the charging network does not.
The island of Rügen is a dream for electric cars – except for the charging stations
Rügen is ideal for electric vehicles. The Kia EV 6 needs less power for island driving. Consumption is expressed in kilowatt hours per 100 km. This value sometimes goes up to 30 on the Autobahn, in the Stuttgart area it is only less than 16 in summer, but sometimes less than 13 on Rügen. You should know that the battery can store 77.4 kilowatt hours. Therefore, the range on Rügen increases to an average of 540 km and is therefore above the optimistic information provided by the manufacturer. If I turned off the winter mode of the battery, the range on the island would increase to 560 km.
The Stadtwerke Stralsund fast charging station at the Kaufland car park in Bergen. © Frank Nippau
A major weak point, however, is the number and location of charging stations on the holiday island of Rügen. After
EnBW mobility software, which I recommend for travel planning, there are a total of 37 payment points on the island, including one for quick payment. But that sounds better than it is. Because this number also includes payment terminals in hotel facilities, which can only be used to a limited extent.
In addition, the payment centers are where there is less tourism. The large Baltic Sea resorts on the island in particular have few public charging stations. In Binz, with up to 2.5 million overnight stays, there is a payment center in Prora and one at the guesthouse and at the substation. The latter is free, but can only be used during the opening. As in Sellin or Göhren, there are no charging stations in the large car parks. The current offer is not long enough during the holiday season.
Payment center on the island of Ummanz. © Frank Nippau
There is a 50 kilowatt charging station on the island of Ummanz with a population of 274. It is 100 meters after the bridge to the island on the left. But you should take a tissue with you to wipe the large film from the display of the charging station. Those payment centers should be in Binz.
There are not enough fast charging stations in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Rügen
Why do we need fast charging stations? For electric vehicles to be successful in the long term, they must be able to drive easily over long distances. This requires fast chargers in a dense network that are available when you need them.
The Kia EV 6 charges faster than any other mid-size car. But that doesn’t make sense if there are no charging stations with the same high output. That’s why this car needs charging stations with at least 300 kilowatts (KW) of power to go fast.
The only fast charging station on the island of Rügen has only 100 KW. The location at the Kaufland car park in Bergen is good because you pass mountains again and again, but not too fast. And for longer stays there are better places on the island than this business park.
There is no 300 kilowatt column in Stralsund either, the closest ones are 100 km or more from Binz: the Demminer Land service area and the Aral filling station in Dummerstorf near Rostock.
Rare photo: Two Kia EV 6 at the charging stations of the Total gas station in Stralsund. © Frank Nippau
After all, there is an insider’s tip for Stralsund: The Total petrol station on Werftstrasse, before Rügendamm. Like Aral, Shell or BP, Total installs more gas stations and charging stations. And these payment centers are good addresses. The range in Rostock has an output of 175 kilowatts, the Kia draws 160 KW at its peak. Some days even Ionity’s fast charging stations, which have 350 kilowatts, can do it. Charging stations from Total are easy to spot in the EnBW mobility app because they are wrongly identified as having an output of 475 kilowatts. These charging stations are often shown as being in the app – this is also false information.
When summer comes, loading times slow down significantly. This is seen on the return journey. It’s warm, the sun is shining, 26 degrees and the charging stations are usually in full sun. We are back in Oerlenbach. It takes only twelve minutes to go from 34 to 80 percent of battery capacity. The car draws 223 kilowatts at its peak.
Same picture in Ellhofen. At the junction of the A 6 and the A 81, EnBW has created a fast charging park with twelve charging stations, covered and rarely used. It only takes ten minutes to go from 40 to 80 percent. Above 80 percent, the car controls the power down. Depending on the payment center and the temperature, it makes sense to charge a few percent more. Then it gets too slow at a fast charging station and it’s time to move on.
How much does it cost to travel by electric car?
I use Kia Charge Card. Here, fast charging at most charging stations costs 0.47 cents per kilowatt hour on the outward journey and 0.55 cents on the return journey. With a range of 540 km on Rügen, this is cheaper than with petrol. On the highway, the mileage of the gasoline engine is getting smaller and smaller. However, the bill depends on fuel consumption and price. But I suspect that with fast charging, the costs of transportation between electric cars and gasoline cars will decrease.
In the Stuttgart area, however, I don’t need any fast charging stations in everyday life. Here I usually run short distances. Standard arrays, which charge Kia at 11 kilowatt hours and cost 0.39 cents with a Kia Charge Card, are sufficient. For a battery with 77.4 kilowatt hours and a range of around 480 km in the Stuttgart area, that costs 30.19 euros. Petrol is comparatively more expensive (based on consumption and price).
It is even cheaper if your own employer – like the publisher of the newspaper Waiblingen – provides payment centers for its employees. You do not have to pay tax on these financial benefits. And there is still free electricity – for example at Lidl or at fast food restaurants.
We are currently lamenting a heat wave. With an electric car, now would be the perfect time for the next long-distance trip. The electromobility phenomenon continues.
Kia EV 6: Charges in 18 minutes – Does it really work?
Kia advertises that the EV 6’s battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. While I was still in doubt in the spring if these values can be achieved, now I can say that it really works. However, this requires an outside temperature of 26 degrees. Evening at the EnBW fast charging station at the OMV filling station in Fellbach. Battery level was 13 percent at 7:33 pm and 80 percent at 7:50 pm Charging took 17 minutes. The car drew 223 kilowatts for about eight minutes and then regulated it to 190 and 160. I would have to wait another 24 minutes for 20 percent. the end. But I didn’t do that.