I regularly venture into my motherland and so the A12 one is especially welcome. The Colchester United CYC one is *just* too far into Essex to match my journey profile there and back. Rivenhall is perfect.
Hi pulled our Leaf onto rapid charger at East Mid .Services today, Sunday, Just as an outlander was just finishing as I thought. Parked on the charger next to outlander, got out as the driver walked to his door totally ignored me as we passed not even a look. I took the cable and plugged it in the leaf, went to the screen with my card and just happened to see on screen ( error on charge initialization) then retrying to charge, or words to that effect and it started charging straight a way, never used my card at all. I then thought I will have to wait till it completes the charge completely now to remove the plug as when I produced my card to stop the charge and it asked for the card used to start the charge to be produced. The chap had parked close by and gone in the services, so as I was charging I saw this guy returning to his car so I politely asked if he could just scan his card to cancel the charge as I did not have to wait for it to completely finish the charge then I could reset it with my own card as normal, this ignorant guy virtually ignored me got in his car and said it did not work for me. I said yes but it will not reset without you scanning your card before mine. The next words as he closed his door were ( Do you think I am a F------ idiot) and drove off. No regards as to have created a problem for someone else. I waited for it complete charging and it released the gun, I would not have stayed as long if I had used my card and would have been long gone. However I proceeded on the M1 up to East Midland Designer Outlet with my wife and while walking round who do I see but this ignorant B------ of a driver from the services, so just let him know I got the charger to work as he couldn't. He just grunted. What a horrible man.. G.T.The most important bit about how to use a charger is missing.
Because inconsiderate ending of sessions and stowing of charge heads leads to problems for other users.
Ecotricity: "It's been reported to us that you didn't put the charger head back correctly"I think you need to name/shame/re-educate anyone who uses a charger incorrectly. If you don't want to do it here make sure you notify Ecotricity of the reg number of the owner and what was witnessed/said which lead to the failure.
Lets not bury our heads here, lets get these people (and by that I mean folk who apparently can't read or follow simple instruction) in line with the rest of us. If they can't/won't use the chargers in a sensible manner then their access to said chargers should be removed.
It's always worth disconnecting and removing the connector, then reinserting firmly - might just be enough to get it to work.I tried to get a Chademo charge at M1 London Gateway services yesterday.
- Left machine was in use by a tesla.
- Right machine was free, but when it tried to sync with my leaf it just hung for ages then failed.
So I ended up waiting for the tesla to finish, he had only just started charging but luckily came back ten mins later and drove off. Then, while I am charging on the left machine another leaf identical to mine turned up and started charging without any problem at the right machine. So I was scratching my head why that machine could sync his leaf but not mine (both gen2 Acentas)
So...are there some tricks to get it to sync?
(one posted above said to support the charger so the connection is tighter)