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FAQ

Welcome! On this page, we share the answers to our most frequently asked questions (Yes our van is 100% electric!). We bought our Fiat E-Ducato back in 2021 and converted it to a campervan ourselves. On our travels these past couple of years, we realised we get asked some questions a lot more than others, which is why we decided to collect the answers in one place.

What’s the real range of our Fiat E-Ducato?

How far we can drive in our Fiat E-Ducato is our most asked question by far. Generally speaking, we get about 250km (155mi) of range when we’re driving with a speed of just under 90km/h (55mi/h) on a highway. On provincial roads, when we’re driving a bit slower, it’s a little more, and in winter, if it’s really cold, it’s considerably less (battery performance is limited at low temperatures).

For EV enthusiasts reading this, our Fiat E-Ducato’s consumption rate is 33.3kWh/100km (62mi). We have a 79kWh battery, so with a 100% full battery this would be equivalent to about 237km (147mi) of range. It’s a high consumption rate if you compare it to for example a Tesla, but if you take into consideration the bulk and weight of our Ducato, we think it’s still a pretty decent rate.

Can we charge our Fiat E-Ducato with our solar panels?

Sadly, the reality right now is that charging a 400v traction battery with solar panels directly is both really hard and grossly inefficient. Which is why we decided to go for a two-battery system in our van, with our traction battery powered by charging stations and our house battery powered by three large solar panels on the roof.

To read more about our setup and how close we think we are to a future where electric campervans can be fully powered by solar panels, check out our article The Future of Electric Vanlife: Powering E-Campers with Solar Panels.

How hard is to find charging stations in Europe?

The short answer to how hard it is to find charging stations in Europe, is not hard at all, and getting easier all the time. The long answer is that it does depend on the country you’re in and whether you’re looking for slow (AC) chargers, or fast (DC) charging stations. We’ve been to 15 countries in Europe so far and apart from some issues with faulty stations and remote areas without much fast charging infrastructure, we’ve found it very doable. After two years on the road, we don’t experience range anxiety at all anymore.

We wrote an in-depth article about the charging infrastructure in France and Spain, featuring our go-to charging cards and apps.

How long does it take to charge our Fiat E-Ducato?

How long it takes to charge our Fiat E-Ducato depends on the charging station we charge at. When we’re on the road, we mostly charge at fast DC stations (called rapid chargers in the UK), where we can charge with speeds up to 50kW. Which, for a modern EV, is not a whole lot, but that’s the highest our Fiat E-Ducato can go.

In normal conditions, it takes us about 45 minutes to charge up our van to 80% if we start at 20% battery. But if it’s very cold outside it’ll take longer.

When we’ve got more time or want to stay somewhere overnight and there’s a slow AC charging station, where we can charge with speeds up to 11kW (our max for AC charging), we do take advantage of this.

In normal conditions, it takes us about six hours to charge up our van to 100% if we start at 20% battery.

How much does it cost to charge our Fiat E-Ducato?

How much it costs to charge our Fiat E-Ducato varies quite a bit. Generally speaking, a slow (AC) charge costs less than a fast (DC) charge, but not always. We’ve paid anything from €0/kWh (although free chargers are becoming increasingly rare) to €0.53/kWh for a slow charge, and anything from €0.38/kWh to €0.90/kWh for a fast charge. So using our average real range (33.3kWh/100km) as a baseline, for slow charging anything between €0 and €17 and for fast charging between €12 and €30 per 100km.

We’ve gotten pretty good at seeking out cheaper fast chargers. Which means we’re often on the lower end of the spectrum.

As a comparison, with a price of €1.80 per liter of fuel, driving with a fuel consumption of 1 in 7 costs about €26 per 100 kilometers. If the fuel consumption improves to 1 in 10, the costs drop to about €18 per 100 kilometers.

How much did our Fiat E-Ducato cost?

When we bought our Fiat E-Ducato back in 2021, there weren’t many big electric vans with a decent range on the market yet (like there are now), and the cost was quite high. We paid €91,335 (including 21% VAT) for our Fiat E-Ducato L3H2 with the biggest battery pack Fiat offered and extras like the ability to fast charge the van (which we’ve found pretty essential). For the full specs of our van, see our article Fiat E-Ducato: The Ultimate EV for a Camper Conversion.

We ended up paying quite a bit more for our fully finished campervan, because we started with an empty cargo van and had to convert it to our tiny home on wheels ourselves.

Where have we travelled in our electric campervan?

We’ve travelled through 15 countries in Europe in our electric campervan! Our very first trip was to Scandinavia, in the summer of 2022. We felt it was a good first destination as we’d heard so many great things about the charging infrastructure, and we absolutely loved it. More recently we’ve road tripped across Portugal and Italy, and those two countries are at the top of our list of favourites to explore with a campervan. You can check out the full list of all the countries we visited on Instagram (except for Portugal, which we visited after we filmed this) and read about the five key lessons we learned road tripping through al these countries here.

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