Charging EVs and PHEVs
Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) suit those that choose to go green. Most places in Iceland are accessible by EVs and PHEVs and charging locations are popping up everywhere.
You will receive your EV with at least 80% charge and are to return the vehicle with the same amount of chrge. Along with your EV or PHEV you will receive a Mode 2 Charging Cable in addition to a Mode 3 Charging Cable if you rent an EV.
Modes and Types
Charging Cables come in different Modes and with different Types of connectors.
Mode 2 Charging Cables have an In Cable Control BOX (ICCB) which communicates with your EV or PHEV during charging and are plugged into a Type F Domestic Wall Socket and to your vehicle with it's Type 1 or 2 connector (varies between makes/models). Please note that Mode 2 Charging Cables may only be plugged into a 16A Type F socket and are limited to 3.7kW.
Mode 3 Charging Cables come without and ICCB and are plugged into a Home/Commercial Charging Station, via a Type 2 connector, and to your vehicle with it's Type 1 or 2 connector. This solution offers a wide range of charging from 3.7kw to 43kW.
Mode 4 Charging Cables are built into Home/Commercial Charging Stations and connect to your EV via a CCS (Type 2 Combined Charging System) or CHAdeMO connector. These kinds of Charging Stations are the fastest, sometimes over 150kW!
An EV's range varies from car to car and your driving style can have an effect as well. It is important that you monitor your EV's expected range and note that the previous renter's driving style may have an effect on your EV's expected range.
Variables that may affect your EV's range are, but not limited to:
- Driving style
- Weather (Ambient temperature and wind)
- Road type
- Load (Passengers and cargo)
- Battery temperature
- Use of accessories (A/C, heater, rado, etc.)
If you are worried that you might not be able to reach a charging station you can limit your EV's energy usage to maximise range by turning on Eco Mode (If available) and by turning off various accessories.
If you deplete your EV's battery it will become undrivable and must be transported to a charging station. EVs may not be towed and must be transported by a specialised vehicle.
Renters are required to notify AVIS Iceland if their EV's battery is drained and are responsible for all fees and charges resulting from transporting said vehicle.
built into stations