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Morning all,

OK a bit pathetic I know, but I pick up my car tomorrow morning after best part of 2 years of trauma. A story in itself.

Anyway that aside, it's showroom and keys time! I've done a fair bit of homework but all the same it's for real now and some advice on the first route and your experience on charging would be interesting.

I have a very decent panel on the car that advises charging places and I believe also if they are working or not. I have the Zap map, Electromap and Plug Share apps on phone but all new. The car has more than decent range in reality but I want to learn the charging routines and locations. Charge point is on drivers side rear and it's a long old unit.

After collection we are driving up to the Lake District for a couple of days from Shropshire. I've travelled a lot but never been there before, can you believe? Stopping in Coniston and the hotel does have a Project EV charger although they know little more than that about charge rates etc.

So part of the fun of this new world is of course learning the new tools, locations and techniques, and I'm more than prepared to invest the time in that.

But just from your own experiences, what charge points would you recommend (or suggest avoid) for the haul up there and the day after when we will do the big lakes loop. I've pasted the 2nd day map below. And the drive up I guess will be getting on M6 at maybe J14 or J12. Just looking make the first outing a relaxed, fun lightweight one before starting to get this thing to stretch it's legs on some more challenging long hauls.

New car, new fuel, new place to drive round all in one day :) Many thanks in advance.

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What make of car and battery size?

Instavolt network is your friend in the Lake District (and anywhere else really). Usually to be found at Booths supermarkets around The Lakes.
It's an EQS and battery is 108kw. So practically there should be no issue. But I'm keen to get to understand the networks and best options / methods etc. Less concerned about range anxiety etc, just best places, best chance of well maintained units .... and if I can get the thing in at the right angle to connect it :)

Instavolt .... super stuff, will check the details out for them. Not heard of Booths but time has come to learn about that. I can see Ionity chargers at Stafford M6. Useful for the way back. Also at Darwen.

Thanks for the steer.
 

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Hi, use Zap-map to check what networks that are in the area and download the apps.
Add a credit card so you are ready to charge.
Rapid chargers will get younfrom roughly 20-80% in 30-40 minutes.
Watch out for parking restrictions.
 
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I can also recommend the MFG site just off M6 J27. 8 x150 chargers I think

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Good spot for on the way there AND of course if you need a “splash” on your way back knowing how many miles it is from there to home
Nice one Cheshire. Is a good mid point option .... not heard of MFG before. Just reading about now. Many thanks
 

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Hi, use Zap-map to check what networks that are in the area and download the apps.
Add a credit card so you are ready to charge.
Rapid chargers will get younfrom roughly 20-80% in 30-40 minutes.
Watch out for parking restrictions.
Thanks Harry. Yes I have the app but not greatly familiar with it yet. Time has come :)

I know on the car I have a plug & charge option .... but again unused and not hugely familiar where it can be used. A credit card I will add. Is good advice. I didn't know about parking limitations. Many thanks
 

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My advice would be try to stick to Rapid Charges and then only fall back onto fast charge if no other options - I can't comment on in car map on yours but I know on my Enyaq it is useless so I no longer trust it and resort to zap maps myself.
I use ZapMap in the car and have the premium version which supports CarPlay and Android Auto. Although a rip-off at £49 per year for just that feature.
 

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My advice would be try to stick to Rapid Charges and then only fall back onto fast charge if no other options - I can't comment on in car map on yours but I know on my Enyaq it is useless so I no longer trust it and resort to zap maps myself.
Interesting to know about the quality of the car map Dreador. I had assumed that would be a good source. But based on zero experience. Will take all that on board. . Also will report back when I'm in a position to assess better, how good the car map is on ours. Many thanks
 

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You have an EQS so you'll fit right in at Booths ;)
Made me laugh. Well although I've been ruined with top end cars with the career most of my adult life, the last 10 years I've been running a 94 106 Peugeot diesel base model with 250k on the clock. It's not a bad upgrade is it? :)

Truth of the matter is that I've never bought a new car, this is the first. And we always said we would only get one when there was something genuinely interesting and when we had the time to do some genuinely interesting touring. Granted Lake District is a baby step but that's the plan, to use this thing in anger with some long hauls.
 

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I also like WattsUp (not WhatsApp) - it's also excellent - may even be better.

But with that car and charge speed and range it will be decent.

Stick to Ionity, Instavolt, MFG

Avoid BP Pulse like the plague
Will download that one and take a look SoulGW. Not hear of that one. I think I have some sort of arrangement were MB plan the charge costs for the first year. I need find out with what partners that is.

Have to confess for signing up for the BP card although it has yet to show. I guess this is where the learning begins. I didn;t know they were not rated.

Thanks for sharing experiences.
 

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Agree with the Instavolt suggestion. I rely on them when I go to the Lakes.

To be honest:,

a. The options for other operators are limited up there. The Lakes area is not over blessed with rapid options.

b. Lakes, or anywhere else for that matter, Instavolt should be on your list of go to chargers. They are one of the best operators for reliability, are easy to use and take contactless payment.

The ones in the Lakes at Booths do tend to be the older 50kw units, so you're going to be waiting a little while. Fortunately, Booths have a nice cafe in them.

Bear in mind as well though that, because options are limited, and Instavolt are known to be reliable, you won't be the only one seeking them out as option no.1. Therefore, they can often be busy.
 

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Worth your while getting a Mercedes Me charge card. You get 1 year free subscription with your EQS and 26p per kWh at Ionity.
Indeed ... I got one oniline and registered it. Then they gave me one with the car and rather cleverly lost the original registered one! Scrabbling around trying to find it! Best laid plans ....
 

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Will download that one and take a look SoulGW. Not hear of that one. I think I have some sort of arrangement were MB plan the charge costs for the first year. I need find out with what partners that is.

Have to confess for signing up for the BP card although it has yet to show. I guess this is where the learning begins. I didn;t know they were not rated.

Thanks for sharing experiences.
Good operators:

Instavolt
Osprey
MFG
Gridserve
Plus one or two smaller operators.

Crap ones

BP Pulse
Geniepoint
 
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