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I'm moving to Belgium and bringing our Tesla. What to expect?

expat

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So we're relocating to Brussels and I was wondering, seeing as EVs and Teslas aren't all that common in Belgium, if I should expect som problems getting set up with charging and insurance?

I realize I would probably be driving around with norwegian plates for a few months, but at some point those belgian plates will get sorted and I need to figure out the insurance. What is a reasonable quote for a 2021 model 3 long range? I'm paying the equivalent of €1100 a year for full coverage including road tax (€400 deductible) here now. That's a little less than I used to pay for my old diesel car back in 2015, so I suppose its an ok price here, but don't know what to expect in Belgium.

We're looking at renting a house with a garage and paying someone to install a proper charger. Here in Norway this would generally not be a problem, and the landlords would probably think it's just fine as it increases the value of the property. Should I expect some sort of opposition to this? Are there any peculiar rules and regulations I should know about here?

What's the public charging infrastructure like? Is it common to find public on street charging or charging points at parking garages? Do you pay extra or is it free? I'm not thinking about the superchargers, regular slow chargers that are, at least here in Oslo, pretty common and that makes it easier to find parking when driving an EV.

Thanks for your help!
 

simonsmidt

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Apr 21, 2014
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Welcome to this third world charging country ;)
When I arrived in Belgium you had to change your license plate within 6 months. I don't know if that is still the same rule.
For my S I have a full risk insurance for 1450. The 3 might be cheaper.
If I'm not mistaken there are no EV incentives in Brussels. So, the road tax might be payable, which I don't have in Flanders. Maybe move there after your Brussels period?
Good luck with trying to get a charger in the rental house. Experience with charging is non-existing here, specially in Brussels. I would make sure to make the charger mobile so that you can take it with you when you leave your rental. Just make sure to fill up the holes in the wall afterwards. They are very picky about that, those landlords.... :)
In the city of Amsterdam there are as many chargers as there are in whole Belgium! So, good luck (again) with trying to find them in the Brussels' streets. As far as I know they are all payable. However, there is a SuC in Machelen, close to the airport.
 

expat

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Jun 4, 2021
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Welcome to this third world charging country ;)
When I arrived in Belgium you had to change your license plate within 6 months. I don't know if that is still the same rule.
For my S I have a full risk insurance for 1450. The 3 might be cheaper.
If I'm not mistaken there are no EV incentives in Brussels. So, the road tax might be payable, which I don't have in Flanders. Maybe move there after your Brussels period?
Good luck with trying to get a charger in the rental house. Experience with charging is non-existing here, specially in Brussels. I would make sure to make the charger mobile so that you can take it with you when you leave your rental. Just make sure to fill up the holes in the wall afterwards. They are very picky about that, those landlords.... :)
In the city of Amsterdam there are as many chargers as there are in whole Belgium! So, good luck (again) with trying to find them in the Brussels' streets. As far as I know they are all payable. However, there is a SuC in Machelen, close to the airport.

Thanks! If in dire need of a charge up I suppose I'll have to use that SuC then. :)
Are there any regulations around charging a car in an underground garage *without* a proper charger, ie by just using the mobile charger that comes with the car? It is slow and unpractical, but depending on where we find a house it just might be sufficient.

Crucial question: Can you charge at your employer ? If yes, then there is probably no need for a home charger.

Thanks for the list! :)
Regarding charging at work, I don't think there is any possibillity for that. But the plan was to go to work by bike anyway, though I realize I might be overestimating the bike infrastructure as well.. 😬
 

Epyx

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"Are there any regulations around charging a car in an underground garage *without* a proper charger, ie by just using the mobile charger that comes with the car?"

Not aware of regulations, don’t think so. But if it's a public underground garage, I would refrain of using the mobile charger. There's a risk of finding back two mobile chargers when you get back to your car, if you know what I mean😂
 

simonsmidt

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Apr 21, 2014
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Thanks! If in dire need of a charge up I suppose I'll have to use that SuC then. :)
Are there any regulations around charging a car in an underground garage *without* a proper charger, ie by just using the mobile charger that comes with the car? It is slow and unpractical, but depending on where we find a house it just might be sufficient.
If you find a socket in an underground garage I assume it is not allowed by the appartment owners.
Thanks for the list! :)
Regarding charging at work, I don't think there is any possibillity for that. But the plan was to go to work by bike anyway, though I realize I might be overestimating the bike infrastructure as well.. 😬
Indeed, Brussels is not really bike-friendly, although there are some small improvements lately with a green party in the Brussels government.

Do you really want to move to Brussels? Depending where you are going to live in Brussels, Flanders can be a bit more charging-friendly.
 

BobbyKings

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I'm sure you'll find your way. The Dutch may have more chargers but food is a lot better in Belgium.

And people in Belgium will always help you once they know you.

In the meantime check out sites like chargemap.com, supercharge.info and the like.

You'll be alright. Better enjoy looking forward than to worry.
 
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Phil V

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I survive almost 5 years with an EV now, without any issue ever, but I can charge at home.
If you do long distances (+30km) from Brussels, you always pass by a SuC. If not and not able to charge at home, you will still have an issue in Brussels. But if you are new in Belgium, it is strongly advised to explore the country every weekend And even the neighbour countries.
 

expat

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Jun 4, 2021
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Do you really want to move to Brussels? Depending where you are going to live in Brussels, Flanders can be a bit more charging-friendly.

Yes, I really think there isn't any other option. Work is there, and the kid's school is there. And we're all pretty used to not being dependant on driving everywhere so I guess Brussels it is.

I have noticed that Van Dessel deal and I have sent them an e-mail. I will of course also sign up to the TOCB once we get settled. :)

Thanks a lot for all the helpful advice, guys! I'm a bit overwhelmed here, but not worried at all. I really am looking forward to good beer, cycling and exploring Belgium and the rest of the continent in our Tesla. :)
 

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