That is sometimes the case. Check ZapMap for the full details before going as it significantly increases the cost.
I know Milton Keynes offer "Green" parking to EV/PHEV and have registered my car just in case I stop there! But a great idea and would solve the problem elsewhere to discourage charger hogging.Some councils do that and some offer free or discounted parking for EVs even if you are not charging. I think that is the better idea as it avoids people charging who don't really need to. Unfortunately if parking is free only when charging, there are some who will plug in even if they are full!
Five years on, little has changed. Each time a charger operator changes the pricing regime, there are EV owners that are happy and an equal number that are unhappy. For example, in the days of yore, Ecotricity charging was free. Not surprisingly, rapids were used as destination chargers by those that thought they had a right to a 100% charge - however, long it took - and those who wanted a free charge even though they had a charger at home. Ecotricity then brought in a standard time charge which caused outrage amongst those who - like yourself - just wanted a few extra kWhs of charge to get home. So we then ended up with kWh pricing which resulted in PHEV owners blocking a rapid for hours whilst the charge trickled in at a snail’s pace. This then resulted in a kWh price along with a max stay time with a penalty charge.It's just as well that I went into this EV business with my eyes open, unfortunately my peripheral vision has let me down.
In this particular situation I wanted to just recover 25 miles to guarantee my journey could continue, give me that bit of a buffer. It wasn't a case of getting a bit of lunch or a coffee for the hour that it would take to get that 25 miles either. It was a provincial railway station, 3 miles from where I actually wanted to be, no facilities.
So had I stayed, that would have been what? £2.25 for the electric? £4.75 to "park". So that's about £7.00 for 25 miles? It would be cheaper to take my V8 Range Rover. Seriously!
Anyway, it was a first (and last) attempt to use a public charger. I went into this BEV setup on the basis that I would never have to use a public charger. Being a 50/50 suburban/long distance profile with easy garage charging and an ICE car it has worked very well and I would not change my mind about my decision.
I just get the impression that we are a long long way away from a total take up of this technology. And that's a real shame as all it needs is a bit of joined up thinking to make it work.
Very interesting I had worked out a very similar rate. We are looking at destination chargers for pool vehicles, but want to allow others to pay for the service. Pool vehicles would only need about 4 hours charging per week. It would be paid to avoid any issues with hogging and ICE owners viewing it as a unfair benefit.For my local 5 councils.....All destination chargers.
Limit 4 hours, free parking, POLAR post - normal on/off-street parking is limited to 1 or 3 hrs free so little incentive.
Limit 4 hours, free parking, POLAR post - but cheaper to pay £1.20 for a Polar Instant and plug in than pay for normal parking!
And the way to discourage charger hogging - about 80p/hour for parking, PLUS £1.50 per hour for charging.
That's true of petrol stations too. Paying for convenience is normal.That said, if time allows , there are often cheaper charging alternatives off the main route
A lot of PHEVs now charge at 7kWh, but they will fill up quickly and move.Very interesting I had worked out a very similar rate. We are looking at destination chargers for pool vehicles, but want to allow others to pay for the service.
So if it delivers 7kW, that is 7kWh max within one hour. Domestic tariffs can be 15p/kWh on a standard tariff, so it costs £1.05p per hour to charge at home. Setting a higher tariff e.g £1.50 per hour would encourage that it is only used by those who must charge rather than it being a nice to charge. That tariff would discourage PHEV's who can only draw approx 3kW, although I was thinking it could be set at a lower tariff in the afternoons once the BEV's have completed their charging - sort of a PHEV happy period. The cost would also eliminate BEVs parking when at 100%, or BEVs hogging at a trickle charge. Does that appear correct?
Although, his behaviour stopped when the chargers became charged-for. Free precipitates some very odd behaviour.To be fair to the PHEV owning estate agent the car probably needed charging after each outing to remain in EV mode for the next local trip. Their behaviour seems logical.
I would suggest they are relatively prominent, but it may have to be simply because of the distance to the electricity supply. The space may have to be controlled by users with a cone, as is done at some supermarkets.Are your points going to be at the far end of the carpark or in a preferable position which might encourage people to accept a premium for their use?
Will you have a charge bump type requirement to move the car if it ceases charging and someone needs it more?
The requirement would be that they can only park when there is credit remaining. Overstays would have a penalty. In theory no different to staying beyond time in a P&D carpark. If they want to pay, but don't/won't charge, I suppose there is little to deter it.I believe so. What stops someone buying the smallest time then leaving their car there all day? A small price to pay for prime position in poor weather!