In 1982 I was allowed to test drive an e-Golf, the Citystromer, as editor of the trade journal "IDEE - the magazine for engineers". This first roadworthy e-car was built in 1976 in a small series of 20 in cooperation with the then electricity company RWE and Varta. In the production Golf of the time, the 75 hp petrol engine had been replaced by a DC motor with an output of 15 kW, and the Golf thus put 16 hp on the road. Its energy was stored in the trunk, available from lead-acid batteries with sulfuric acid. It did cover a distance of 50 km and reached 80 km/h ... but not the society that found the slogan of the time: "Without exhaust gas - simply electric" at most original.
Today the technical data of the current e-cars look completely different. The range and charging speed of all current models have increased significantly in recent years and there is a suitable electric model for almost every application - whether for short or long distances.
But despite all the technical advances, fear of range and the worries of not being able to find a charging station on longer journeys and, if so, of having to reckon with long charging times, these are still issues that are affecting the switch from combustion engines to electric models.
We've been driving electric for over six years now. Initially we had a Renault Zoe as a second car and at the beginning of 2022 our diesel combustion engine was replaced by a long-distance model, the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
We tested its long-distance suitability this year as travel photographers and drove 12 weeks through 13 European countries - from the North Cape to Gibraltar.
We also loaded in 10 of the following 13 countries that were visited with the "Iltschi".:
We documented these tours in the German Mach-E forum and also presented the respective costs and consumption here. In the current final report in the Mach-E Forum and the tour reports Grand Tour 1 and Grand Tour 2, we show in detail how charging works in the different countries, which "charging RFID cards" are required, for example, what the costs are and ... some results of our photo projects in the individual countries.
Of course, this is all about the Mustang Mach-E. Anyone who is interested in other models and wants to find out more about e-mobility will find what they are looking for in the FirstEV.de electric car forum.
In this article we want to content ourselves with showing photos of the various charging options. They range from charging parks like in Norway, where we saw around 50 well-used charging stations at one location, to charging at the houses and huts we rent, where we often charge our Mustang with the charger we brought with us to the 230 V sockets provided could load for free.
(Lead photo processed with Adobe Photoshop)