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How to easily charge
an electric car

In this article you will find the answer on how to charge an electric vehicle at a public charging station.

An electric car is no longer a transport from futuristic Sci-Fi movies, but a very real and environmentally friendly car. If you can tell the difference between the two sides of the same charger, then problems will not arise for sure. Well, without charging, as they say, you can’t go far.

Charging your electric car in a few simple steps.

You will need TOUCH app installed, the car and the charging cable.
In this article you will find the answer on how to charge an electric vehicle at a public charging station.

An electric car is no longer a transport from futuristic Sci-Fi movies, but a very real and environmentally friendly car. If you can tell the difference between the two sides of the same charger, then problems will not arise for sure. Well, without charging, as they say, you can't go far.

Charging your electric car in a few simple steps.

You will need TOUCH app installed, the car and the charging cable.
1. Find a charging station

Use TOUCH mobile app to find a charging station. In the app you can select the nearest station and book a port 30 minutes before charging.
1. Find a charging station

Use TOUCH mobile app to find a charging station. In the app you can select the nearest station and book a port 30 minutes before charging.
Download TOUCH mobile app
Open the app, click the "Login" button to register. After registering, you will see a map where you can choose any convenient charging point.

 — A free station is indicated with a green check mark.
 — If the station is already in use or booked, the indication mark is a gray hourglass.
 — Red cross means the charging station is being serviced.
Open the app, click the "Login" button to register. After registering, you will see a map where you can choose any convenient charging point.

 — A free station is indicated with a green check mark.
 — If the station is already in use or booked, the indication mark is a gray hourglass.
 — Red cross means the charging station is being serviced.
If you cannot find any TOUCH stations nearby, use Plugshare information app, which displays every available station of different owners.

When planning to use public stations, it is important to remember that most of them may not have a built-in charging cable. Therefore, for greater comfort, carry your own cables and adapters in the trunk.


2. Determine the type of connector

Before driving to the selected charging station, find out if the station is suitable for your electric vehicle. Most public charging stations are equipped with a standard Type 2 connector, which is universal for any electric vehicle model.

Since Type 2 stations typically do not have a built-in cable, you will need to have your own. The required type of cable depends on the manufacture country of the vehicle.

—#nbsp;American or Japanese electric vehicle with Type 1 port.
You need a Type 1 — Type 2 cable.

— Electric vehicle made in Europe with Type 2 port.
You need a Type 2 — Type 2 cable.

— American Tesla with Tesla port.
You need a Type 1 — Type 2 cable and an additional Type 1 — Tesla adapter.

For the ports of DC (fast) stations, the cable is built-in. The possibility of charging without an adapter also depends on the manufacture country of the electric vehicle.

— American (except Tesla) or Japanese electric car — CHAdeMO.
— Electric vehicle made in Europe — Combo 2.
— In other cases, you will need an additional adapter.

If you cannot find any TOUCH stations nearby, use Plugshare information app, which displays every available station of different owners.

When planning to use public stations, it is important to remember that most of them may not have a built-in charging cable. Therefore, for greater comfort, carry your own cables and adapters in the trunk.


2. Determine the type of connector

Before driving to the selected charging station, find out if the station is suitable for your electric vehicle. Most public charging stations are equipped with a standard Type 2 connector, which is universal for any electric vehicle model.

Since Type 2 stations typically do not have a built-in cable, you will need to have your own. The required type of cable depends on the manufacture country of the vehicle.

—#nbsp;American or Japanese electric vehicle with Type 1 port.
You need a Type 1 — Type 2 cable.

— Electric vehicle made in Europe with Type 2 port.
You need a Type 2 — Type 2 cable.

— American Tesla with Tesla port.
You need a Type 1 — Type 2 cable and an additional Type 1 — Tesla adapter.

For the ports of DC (fast) stations, the cable is built-in. The possibility of charging without an adapter also depends on the manufacture country of the electric vehicle.

— American (except Tesla) or Japanese electric car — CHAdeMO.
— Electric vehicle made in Europe — Combo 2.
— In other cases, you will need an additional adapter.

3. Connect to station

You can activate charging in the app and insert the cable in any order. For example, you can plug a cable into an electric car and then start a charging session in the app. Or vice versa.

To start a charging session in the application, you need to select the charging port and press the "Charge" button.
3. Connect to station

You can activate charging in the app and insert the cable in any order. For example, you can plug a cable into an electric car and then start a charging session in the app. Or vice versa.

To start a charging session in the application, you need to select the charging port and press the "Charge" button.
Sometimes the connector can be located behind the hatch — first find it and then plug in the cable.

Once the electric vehicle is charged, you can use TOUCH app to check the charging status, total electricity consumption and the current power which the electric vehicle is charging with. When the electric car is charged and stops receiving electricity, you will get a notification on your smartphone. Otherwise, the charging process will continue until you stop it.

It is more difficult with the stations of other operators — each of them has its own terms. Instructions can be found in the station description on Plugshare.com.


4. Pay for the charging session
Sometimes the connector can be located behind the hatch — first find it and then plug in the cable.

Once the electric vehicle is charged, you can use TOUCH app to check the charging status, total electricity consumption and the current power which the electric vehicle is charging with. When the electric car is charged and stops receiving electricity, you will get a notification on your smartphone. Otherwise, the charging process will continue until you stop it.

It is more difficult with the stations of other operators — each of them has its own terms. Instructions can be found in the station description on Plugshare.com.


4. Pay for the charging session
In TOUCH application you can link a card and the payment will be automatically debited during the charging process in accordance with the set tariffs.

TOUCH system has a limit of 50 rubles, which means that the payment is made every time the cost of consumed electricity reaches 50 rubles. If you charged for a lower amount, the amount will be debited from your card upon the consumption.

The cost of the charging service can consist of the amount of electricity consumed, the connection fee, the duration of charging, or a combination of these three factors. Usually the cost of charging is about 200 rubles per 100 kilometers. In some cases, the charging rate is set by the station owner, so the cost may vary.

As you can see, charging an electric car is not difficult at all!


Publication date: 17.08.2021
In TOUCH application you can link a card and the payment will be automatically debited during the charging process in accordance with the set tariffs.

TOUCH system has a limit of 50 rubles, which means that the payment is made every time the cost of consumed electricity reaches 50 rubles. If you charged for a lower amount, the amount will be debited from your card upon the consumption.

The cost of the charging service can consist of the amount of electricity consumed, the connection fee, the duration of charging, or a combination of these three factors. Usually the cost of charging is about 200 rubles per 100 kilometers. In some cases, the charging rate is set by the station owner, so the cost may vary.

As you can see, charging an electric car is not difficult at all!


Publication date: 17.08.2021
TOUCH is accelerating the transition to electric vehicles by joining forces with big business, developing regional operators and making charging infrastructure affordable. Design and production: St. Petersburg, Russia.

TOUCH network includes more than 70 public charging stations in the Russian regions and more than 60 thousand partner stations around the world.

If you are interested in TOUCH solutions, please contact us to find out more.

TOUCH is accelerating the transition to electric vehicles by joining forces with big business, developing regional operators and making charging infrastructure affordable. Design and production: St. Petersburg, Russia.

TOUCH network includes more than 70 public charging stations in the Russian regions and more than 60 thousand partner stations around the world.

If you are interested in TOUCH solutions, please contact us to find out more.

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