Before all the action is going to start, there needs to be a bit of preparation.
From my last years trip with a diesel car, I already have some experience on what I need and what I don't need to bring with me. And there are also some things I need to bring this year, which I didn't had to bring last year: charging RFIDs and charging cables. First I had to do a little research on which charging networks I need to access and how I'm able to charge there.
The universal roaming networks like PlugSurfing and NewMotion are always a solution, but these are most of the time more expensive than an account/contract with the charging operator itself. So I ordered a charging RFID from Grønn Kontakt, Fortum Charge&Drive and CLEVER. Additional I have (created) accounts for intercharge, Z.E. Pass, Bilkraft, GoCharge, Virta, eCharge and also for both Grønn Kontakt and Fortum Charge&Drive as a backup solution.
For the charging cables I will bring a Type2-22kW cable with me and a NRGkick 22kW. For the NRGkick I've got various different adapters to access most plugs. I'll bring the three adapters from the NRGkick and an additional adapter from CEE32-blue to CEE32-red, CEE32-blue is more common in Norway.
The maps I've used to plan my trip were:
- goingelectric.de (Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden)
- uppladning.nu (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway)
- plugshare.com (Sweden, Norway)
- chargemap.com (Germany, Denmark, Sweden)
- plugsurfing.com (All countries)
- my.newmotion.com (All countries)
- map.chargedrive.com (Norway, Sweden, Finland)
- gronnkontakt.no (Norway)
- clever.dk (Denmark, Sweden)
I always switched between these maps, goingelectric.de and uppladning.nu were "the first source" and if I needed additional infos, I searched on the webpage of the charging operators.
The result of this planning was an Excel Sheet which covered the whole route with around 130 charging stations (+ alternative charging spots). Most trips between the charging stops are about 70-110km, that way there is (nearly) always an charging alternative. The short trip length also helps to have a higher average charging speed. Charging speed decreases at 80% to 22kW, so the plan is not to charge further than 90/95%, only if it's really necessary.
Since there is free road tax on norwegian roads (if you're driving an EV), I wanted to take advantage of this. In order to get free road tax, you need to create a Autopass contract with a toll road operator in Norway and you need a tag. This was some kind of a challenge, because the form always told me, my postal code is invalid. So I ordered the BroBizz tag in Denmark, which can also be used for the ferry between Germany and Denmark and the bridges in Denmark. After I received the tag, I tried again to create an account at Autopass, but it still didn't work, that's why I'm waiting for the customer service to reply.
Now I had a nice conversation with the customer service from Fjellinine AS, a toll operator, which was very helpful. They added the postal code and created and account with exemption from road tax for me. Even though my tag from BroBizz does not work with an exemption contract. They sent an Autopass tag to me, which probably will not arrive in time. But that's not a big problem at all, since I already have a contract.