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Hi,

Does anyone have any experience of charging at the NEC?

There are no chargers showing on any of the usual maps, but I wondered if anyone had any other information / experience?

Many thanks

Matthew
 

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What car are you driving? Where are you coming in from. Forget stratford upon Avon, the congestion at the moment is horrendous. And the arden is always iced. M40 Warwick ecotricity if coming from the south or Hopwood from the west.
 

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Oops... you clicked one of the related discussion links at the bottom... check the date of the original posts. ;-)

But since you resurrected it... for anyone coming up there are 2 options I'd recommend.

Coleshill Parkway Park and Ride has a pair of 7kW Type 2s, free parking and a reasonable bus service that will probably save you money on the rip off NEC parking.
Charge Your Car - The UKs open recharging network Search for Coleshill
And Coleshill Parkway Train Station

Plan B - Drive into Birmingham, park at one of the city centre Long stays - Pershore St or Markets/Moat Lane and Walk up to New St Station and catch train to International - next to the NEC. Good at weekends as all day parking is £3.80 all day Saturday £3.00 on Sunday.
Council Car Parks - Birmingham City Council These 2 are also on CYC, but a couple of the others around Brum might be on PiM still.

If you are heading for Brum.. Dudley Street is next to useless. 3 of the 2 times I've been there the spot are ICEd. The 3rd time one spot was free, the other was ICEd by a Disabled 1 series BMW who parked so badly could only just squeze the i3 into the second space and had to get my mrs to get out first. If you arrive before 8.30am at a weekend you'll be ok though as the shoppers for the markets won't have arrived yet.

Coming from the North Tamworth M42 is the last Ecotricity stop about 15-20 miles before NEC but no CCS yet. Not sure what's up the M6/M5 ends.

Isn't it sad, an international airport, conference centre, and train station just off the M6/M42 doesn't have a rapid charge facility! And yet a small market town like Romsey town centre in Hampshire does!?

Anyone would suspect a conspiracy. LOL
 

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Oops... you clicked one of the related discussion links at the bottom... check the date of the original posts. ;-)

But since you resurrected it... for anyone coming up there are 2 options I'd recommend.

Coleshill Parkway Park and Ride has a pair of 7kW Type 2s, free parking and a reasonable bus service that will probably save you money on the rip off NEC parking.
Charge Your Car - The UKs open recharging network Search for Coleshill
And Coleshill Parkway Train Station

Plan B - Drive into Birmingham, park at one of the city centre Long stays - Pershore St or Markets/Moat Lane and Walk up to New St Station and catch train to International - next to the NEC. Good at weekends as all day parking is £3.80 all day Saturday £3.00 on Sunday.
Council Car Parks - Birmingham City Council These 2 are also on CYC, but a couple of the others around Brum might be on PiM still.

If you are heading for Brum.. Dudley Street is next to useless. 3 of the 2 times I've been there the spot are ICEd. The 3rd time one spot was free, the other was ICEd by a Disabled 1 series BMW who parked so badly could only just squeze the i3 into the second space and had to get my mrs to get out first. If you arrive before 8.30am at a weekend you'll be ok though as the shoppers for the markets won't have arrived yet.

Coming from the North Tamworth M42 is the last Ecotricity stop about 15-20 miles before NEC but no CCS yet. Not sure what's up the M6/M5 ends.

Isn't it sad, an international airport, conference centre, and train station just off the M6/M42 doesn't have a rapid charge facility! And yet a small market town like Romsey town centre in Hampshire does!?

Anyone would suspect a conspiracy. LOL
Birmingham airport rapid now in according to Rapid Charge Network map - will be on Ecotricity Electric Highway
 

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Ecotricity site often takes a while to update. And is not live. Because it does not show does not mean it is not there yet. But if intending to use would phone ecotricity. Or seek confirmation from someone on here they have successfully charged
 

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I believe there are 2 chargers in the passenger drop off point which you have to pay to drop off, but if you charge I think it £2 pay at the kiosks by the chargers.
 

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Not awsre of any chargers at the NEC, and I use the car parks there to visit the Resort Casino.

Five minutes away (as others have mentioned) are two Ecotricity Rapids in the drop-off zone at Birmingham Airport. Usually it costs drivers £1 to enter and exit this zone within 10 minutes.

If using the chargets you pay £2, but that allows you to remain inside the drop-off zone for up to one hour.

Take your Ecotricity card to the NCP office right next to the chargers.
 

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Yes, anyone going to the NEC use the Resorts World car Park (Resorts World is a weird name, its really a shopping come cinema come restaurant centre) . They are ahead of you as you get to the top of the ramp on level B. 3 Pin sockets. On the costs front, I would have been charged £12 to park for an exhibition in the NEC, but instead paid £2 for up to 12 hours parking and a free charge.
 
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