Lidl charges a basic minimum amount for recharging, which you pay even if you do not use up the kWh contained in it. In addition, you also pay parking fees after an hour, which makes charging significantly more expensive. Photo: Lidl Free charging of electric cars in Lidl parking lots is already a thing of the past. Lidl has ended the list of popular services for its customers – the possibility of free recharging of an electric car or a plug-in hybrid. With the current increase in energy prices and certain “abuse” of this benefit by taxi drivers, there is nothing to be surprised about. In addition, Lidl’s intention is to gradually equip all stores with places for ecological charging of electric cars. Depending on the location and the possibilities of the technical infrastructure, it should be possible to charge from 11 kW to 50 kW on all of them. But it will already be charged. A certain advantage is that you do not have to register anywhere or use a special customer card. All you need to charge an electric car is a smartphone with internet access. You authorize the start of charging by using a payment card in your mobile phone on the website of the payment solution provider, agreeing on the price per kWh, the minimum payment and specifying the e-mail address for sending the invoice. And here we come to the problems of the solution that Lidl decided on. The first is the so-called “minimum payment”. Charging is charged according to the electricity consumed in euros/kWh. The AC charging process (alternating current) is charged with a tariff of 0.24 EUR/kWh, but at least 3.60 EUR. The DC charging process (direct current) is charged with a tariff of 0.39 EUR/kWh, but at least 3.51 EUR. IF we calculate it, with slower AC charging you need to recharge at least 15 kWh to use the minimum amount. In the case of plug-in hybrids, for example, most of them do not even have batteries with such a capacity, moreover, it can take several hours to charge 15 kWh on some plug-in hybrids with slow on-board chargers. And we have another problem that makes such charging more expensive. As Lidl writes on its website, “if the charger is located in a parking lot with a parking system, after 60 min. a fee associated with exceeding the time of free parking will be charged.” Read more The test of 15 cars of cars shows how much energy we lose when charging. It’s sad. And if each charged hour costs two euros, parking will become quite expensive. Owners of plug-in hybrids have the option either not to use the minimum amount or to pay significantly more for longer parking. And that is not exactly a welcoming step towards clients. In the case of using a faster charger with direct current, the minimum amount of recharging corresponds to 9 kWh, which most electric cars can do in less than half an hour. But there is another problem. Lidl charges a fee of 80 euros even before charging begins. This serves as a reservation of the maximum possible rate for the amount of energy taken. The unused amount will of course be automatically returned to your bank account, but this may take several days. Hypothetically, if you charge your electric car for three days in a row during smaller purchases, it may happen that you will have an amount of over two hundred euros blocked on your account. And even if it comes back to you within a few days, it’s not pleasant. The fact that Lidl charged for charging electric cars is a logical step and no one can blame the company. The rates per kWh are also not exaggerated in any way. But he introduced charging in a way that is definitely not friendly to his own clients – on the contrary, it provokes, to put it politely, at least a reaction in the form of raised eyebrows. We believe that this system will be modified in the near future to make it more attractive.
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