Speak EV - Electric Car Forums banner

1 - 20 of 28 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hello everyone,

My name is James and I am posting about the new site I have launched; www.electricvehicleexpert.com

The aim of the site is to try to help the transition to electric vehicles by providing the information and answers to all topics around electric vehicles. I have started this site off the back of the knowledge I gained from working at the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre which is the UK's first government funded project with the aim to help people understand and even test drive electric vehicles.

If you are looking to find out more information about EVs then have a look! If you already know about them then any feedback / areas of the site you think could be added to would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

James
[email protected]
 

·
Zoe Devotee
Joined
·
7,912 Posts
Good luck to you.

I see this is your first post.... you might have benefited your site somewhat had you posted on here and garnered the experience of those EV owners who've been owner for years! ;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,627 Posts
/Rant
The site does not mention the complete and total disaster of charging away from home, with a myriad of suppliers with a raft of different charging methods including Apps the don't work and even Apps that are required though the posts are in places with no mobile signal like underground carparks.
Then there are CCS chragers which only work with some cars and not others.!
The favorite trick is to provide only 1 charger which is unreliable instead of multiple chargers so one or 2 out don't matter. Did any one mention the excessive time (can be months) some providers take to fix faulty units. Then there are the abandoned ones where no one will accept responsibility. There is at least one company that charges a huge amount to stop EV's using their points so they can park their hire cars in the ev bay.
There was supposed to be contactless charging by now - that seems to be generally ignored and OLEV or whoever is supposed to be in charge is not enforcing.
One mob provides several different RFID cards which are not interoperable. the same shower has a deliberatly bad App with a high charge to try and force folks to subscribe to their RFID card.
?Rant off

This might give the reality of having an EV a more balanced view on your site.
Me I'm sticking with my EREV until its possible to drive a BEV , stop and charge with the same ease, lack of planning and likelihood of it working as filling a petrol tank.
We are a long way off currently IMO
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,627 Posts
Unless you use a (small) padlock on the catch the Type1 can be unplugged. 3 year back @ some erk unplugged mine on the drive and the alarm went off, they had run off by the time I'd opened the door, never since.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
88 Posts
/Rant
The site does not mention the complete and total disaster of charging away from home, with a myriad of suppliers with a raft of different charging methods including Apps the don't work and even Apps that are required though the posts are in places with no mobile signal like underground carparks.
I think this is a good point, as someone new to EV I'm finding the public charging somewhat confusing. It just baffles me that there isn't standardisation and more contactless PAYG. Admittedly I haven't looked for one yet as I trawl this forum, but it would be good to read a guide to say A & B will do you for 70% of <this>, C & D will of you for 20% of <this> and E, F, G, H, I are all localised so only of interest in <this> case.

Personally I much prefer the personal feedback of a community such as this, but I think there are plenty of people who will prefer a website so think it's a good idea. Good luck (y)

*disclaimer: I haven't looked at your site yet but am interested to when I get 5 mins.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Good luck to you.

I see this is your first post.... you might have benefited your site somewhat had you posted on here and garnered the experience of those EV owners who've been owner for years! ;)

Thank you for your reply! I defitely would like to here what EV owners think and the stories that they have. My dad has owned an EV for a long time and done 80,000 miles in it so I am fortunate enough to be able to benefit from things he has learnt over the years. James
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,054 Posts
@James Lamond If it was a Tesla his/your experience may be somewhat different to what the paupers (me included) experience i.e. no working rapids [CHAdeMO] near Oxford (a small conurbation) in the last couple of weeks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
/Rant
The site does not mention the complete and total disaster of charging away from home, with a myriad of suppliers with a raft of different charging methods including Apps the don't work and even Apps that are required though the posts are in places with no mobile signal like underground carparks.
Then there are CCS chragers which only work with some cars and not others.!
The favorite trick is to provide only 1 charger which is unreliable instead of multiple chargers so one or 2 out don't matter. Did any one mention the excessive time (can be months) some providers take to fix faulty units. Then there are the abandoned ones where no one will accept responsibility. There is at least one company that charges a huge amount to stop EV's using their points so they can park their hire cars in the ev bay.
There was supposed to be contactless charging by now - that seems to be generally ignored and OLEV or whoever is supposed to be in charge is not enforcing.
One mob provides several different RFID cards which are not interoperable. the same shower has a deliberatly bad App with a high charge to try and force folks to subscribe to their RFID card.
?Rant off

This might give the reality of having an EV a more balanced view on your site.
Me I'm sticking with my EREV until its possible to drive a BEV , stop and charge with the same ease, lack of planning and likelihood of it working as filling a petrol tank.
We are a long way off currently IMO

Thank you for your feedback Spiny. The site is still in its early days an I will definitely taking on your feedback. I agree that the charging away from home isn't as seamless as it should be and hopefully with the introduction of the contactless payments that some networks are looking at (Chargemaster), we should see things become easier. Although CCS only works with some vehicles, it is very rare that you would find a rapid charger that didn't also have CHAdeMO and or type 2. Hopefully all of these things can be fixed soon and you can swap to a BEV!

Thank you again for your reply. James
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
I think this is a good point, as someone new to EV I'm finding the public charging somewhat confusing. It just baffles me that there isn't standardisation and more contactless PAYG. Admittedly I haven't looked for one yet as I trawl this forum, but it would be good to read a guide to say A & B will do you for 70% of <this>, C & D will of you for 20% of <this> and E, F, G, H, I are all localised so only of interest in <this> case.

Personally I much prefer the personal feedback of a community such as this, but I think there are plenty of people who will prefer a website so think it's a good idea. Good luck (y)

*disclaimer: I haven't looked at your site yet but am interested to when I get 5 mins.
Glad to here you are interested at having a look at my site, once you do, let me know if it answered any areas or questions you had and if not, feel free to send me a message on there or here. James
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
Can people unplug your cable?
No. Charging cables are locked into both the charging unit and the vehicle charging port.


Type 1 cables?

I will be sure to change this. From my experience, all of the vehicles I have used locked the cable into the vehicle even if it was, for example a Nissan LEAF type 1. I appreciate this is not the case as certain vehicles like the Ampera don't. Thanks, James
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
@James Lamond If it was a Tesla his/your experience may be somewhat different to what the paupers (me included) experience i.e. no working rapids [CHAdeMO] near Oxford (a small conurbation) in the last couple of weeks.

Thank you for your comment. I have been able to experience, i3, LEAF, Zoe, Soul and a whole host of other vehicles so I hope to have a fairly well rounded experience. However, this is partially why I have posted on here because this is where I can discover other peoples experiences so that I can gain a broader understanding. Thanks, James
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
923 Posts
I agree with the points above, as the last car I owned (for nearly five years) had a Type 1 connector and they don't lock at all (unless, as mentioned above, you faff around fitting a very tiny padlock through the locking hole).

The public charge network is, quite frankly, pretty abysmal. The plethora of incompatible systems and apps, the need to pay subscriptions to access some services, the need to carry a wallet full of different access cards, the general flakiness of systems that rely on apps to work (loss of signal, badly written apps, incompatible phones etc), plus the high charges that some charge point suppliers impose, makes the whole public charging thing a bloody nightmare for anyone new to EV ownership and enough to make some forget about the whole idea, I'm sure. It's the one aspect that has delayed my switch from a PHEV to a BEV, and one thing that led to me being cautious and going from a PHEV to a BEV with range extender.

A year or two ago I filled in a government questionnaire that was aimed at finding out more about the problems with public charging, and I (and probably everyone on here, I suspect) made the point several times that what was needed was a unified system whereby every charge point in the land, with no exceptions, just worked with any debit or credit card and no need for membership cards, subscriptions, mobile phone apps or whatever. Sadly we seem no nearer to this ideal now than we were then, with the wooly wording of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill 2018 which arose from that consultation, only sort of suggesting that common payment methods may be adopted.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,178 Posts
what was needed was a unified system whereby every charge point in the land, with no exceptions, just worked with any debit or credit card
A law demanding that would have resulted in most 7kW to 22kW charging posts being removed because it just isn't cost (or in some case technically) viable. You need to be careful what you wish for!

New rapid chargers could absorb the cost (as we see) but retrofitting older models is not always viable. We may see the government mandating that new ones have the facility, but I suspect mandatory roaming will come first. According to the impact statement, that is the lowest cost solution to make things at least a bit easier for the driver.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,627 Posts
Although CCS only works with some vehicles,
You missed what I meant. There are reports of older rapids where the CCS part is only working with some CCS cars. See threads on speakev.

Perhaps a note on the lack knowledge of garages and salesman on the cars they are supplying. There are some exceptions but these seem to be rare currently.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
You missed what I meant. There are reports of older rapids where the CCS part is only working with some CCS cars. See threads on speakev.

Perhaps a note on the lack knowledge of garages and salesman on the cars they are supplying. There are some exceptions but these seem to be rare currently.

Apologies I understand what you meant now and I do agree salesman and garages do need to have far better knowledge of EVs and the surrounding topics. This is something I am also working on.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
I think only the higher specced Leaves lock, the basic ones do not?

My env200 defo does not lock.
I believe some of the earlier models didn't but need to brush up on this area. Do you enjoy your ENV200? I have never had the opportunity (although was meant to) to drive one.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
60 Posts
I think your site is a great idea, there are some things I’d change though. Some of it seems a little simplistic and more explanation would be better. As an example, when you talk about kWh you simply say it’s a kilo watt hour (normally written kilowatt hour) and it’s a measure of electricity stored in a battery. I think it would be a lot better if you expanded on this and explained what it actually is? Even if it’s on a link from the main page?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
261 Posts
James, you could perhaps talk about efficiency and miles per kWh. Sounds basic to us here but those new to EV’s will be used to thinking in mpg to compare efficiency. We all know 30mpg is rubbish and 70mpg is good, but those new to all this would not know whether 5 miles per kWh was good or bad, or how to use that figure to get a rough idea of range on a test drive along their usual routes etc.
 
1 - 20 of 28 Posts
Top