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Opel Grandland X Hybrid4: How to charge the plug-in hybrid

Whoever turns on the television rarely knows how the device works, and only physicists can explain the thermodynamic Otto cycle in the engine. You don't have to know everything that's going on in the car, but sometimes it's interesting. At the driving event for the Opel Grandland X plug-in hybrid, we learned a few such details that we want to share with you. It's about charging the Grandland X Hybrid4.

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The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 has a type 2 charging connection, not a CCS port. This means that the Grandland X cannot be charged with direct current. The two thick pins under the seven-pin type 2 connector are missing.

Type 2 connection of the Grandland
CCS connection of the Corsa-e

Only 1.8 kW charging power is possible at a normally fused Schuko household socket. The corresponding mode 2 charging cable is included as standard with the Grandland X plug-in hybrid. This means that charging the Grandland X's 13.2 kWh batteries takes a little longer than seven hours. For so-calledSnore loader that's enough. This is what the good-humored specialist sometimes calls people who charge overnight.

It is faster to use a reinforced socket. At a Green-UpSocket, the battery is full in four hours. The standard onboard charger of the Grandland X makes this possible, because it offers a charging power of 3.7 kW. But you should probably order a suitable mode 2 cable, because the standard cable is only sufficient for 1.8 kW. A universal charging cable (up to 22 kW, three-phase) costs 720 euros according to the price list.

The is recommended for anyone who wants to drive electrically as often as possible optional onboard charger with 7.4 kW. It costs 500 euros extra. This means that charging takes less than two hours. However, this charging capacity is only achieved with a 22 kW column or 22 kW wallbox, as can be seen in the price list.

Mathias Reinartz, Director of Electromobility at Opel, explains how this comes about. For example, if you have an 11 kW wallbox, it is three-phase in Germany, so you have three power lines (plus "earth"). The Grandland uses only one of these three phases. Since only all three phases of the 22 kW column add up to 11 kW, you only get a maximum of 3.7 kW with one phase (11 divided by 3). Only with three-phase 22 kW you get 7.4 kW with single-phase charging. VoilĂ .

Another possibility to achieve the maximum charging power of 7.4 kW would be a single-phase wallbox with 7.4 kW. That is not offered by Opel, says Reinartz, but there is.

Most private electricity connections have 11 kW, explains Reinartz. This is because in Germany a 22 kW connection is only allowed with the consent of the electricity supplier. The 7.4 kW of the optional charger cannot be used at all on an 11 kW wallbox.

Then why should you order the 7.4 kW charger at all? Well because most of public 22 kW charging stations offer. According to Reinartz, this will also apply to the charging stations that the common food discounters (Aldi, Lidl & Co.) Want to install in their parking lots soon. "That's why I would definitely order the 7.4 kW charger," says Reinartz.

Picture gallery: Opel Grandland X Hybrid (2020)