Personally I can't wait for the introduction of paid charging - at the moment a lot of people are charging on the Electric Highway because it's free, not because they actually need a charge. It was fine even six months ago, but we've seen quite an increase in the number of BEVs and PHEVs around and so some sites are now starting to see some contention, and that's only going to get worse. I had one instance a few weeks ago where I had to wait over an hour to get on a charger simply because of a queue (with the gentleman charging admitting that he only lived a few miles away). I'm not preaching by the way - I've done it myself plenty of times, but charging will discourage that and make the chargers available for those that actually need them.I'm not sure why someone living OFF the Ecotricity 'electric highway' is advocating the introduction of charging?
It is simple... I might not live near the highway but I use it. In fact, on my last trip to Bristol (Charges at Exeter, Bridgwater & same back) I had to wait 30 mins while a local charged at Bridgwater just because it was free. Now while it is free I certainly don't blame them. But if it were not then they probably wouldn't have charged and my journey wouldn't have been delayed. Queues are becoming common on the Highway and I can't help thinking that things would be much better for those that need to charge if it were not free.I'm not sure why someone living OFF the Ecotricity 'electric highway' is advocating the introduction of charging?
Here Hear. Perhaps moving into the rainy season has helped as well by lowering the earth resistance.Only 13 rapid charge points are shown as out of order on their map today, 5 ChadeMo/AC and 6 CCS out of a total of 283.
That is a fantastic effort to get the charge points up an running and all involved should be congratulated !
Maybe the Help Lines have been used too often by drivers who have contributed to their own dilemma by running to the limit of range before attempting to charge. I suspect that very rarely can the charging service provider make a system action that will resolve the fault. Drivers need to operate defensively and understand the needs for 'fallback'. Whilst most EVs have a 13 amp charging option - getting 'stranded' is a self-inflicted and unnecessary injury. IMHOYou are right of course but the commercial imperative is that if they don't properly support it people won't pay
I agree except that there is a huge learning curve when people first get a BEV and running out once or twice is not that uncommon in the early days (and nothing to be ashamed of IMHO... we all have to learn!).getting 'stranded' is a self-inflicted and unnecessary injury. IMHO
Well, I appreciate what you are saying and I kinda agree... but if Ecotricity had taken that approach then we wouldn't have a Highway at all! They need to be reliable, that is trueIf a ChargePoint cannot give 99% reliability it should never be installed.
Abso-bloody-lutely agree. The word 'Chargemaster' leaps to mind, and makes me shudder. The only time I got a charge from one of their chargers, it would not release my cable and I had to spend the night in a hotel.
We had this discussion sometime ago - it seemed only too obvious to branch off a Type-2 before the 'rapid' circuitry; whilst attractive in principle, it gives no redundancy if the failure is in power supply, or control circuits.I would like to see fast chargers at Rapid site's as this would give more options to the growing number of EV's. Also if the Rapid is in fault you have a plan B without what could be a long diversion or a flat bed truck.