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Hi. Long-time lurker and first-time poster.

I live in London where the rise in EV ownership has been really noticeable recently (to me at least). There are a number of public charging points near me now - mostly ubiriticty street lamp chargers - however, they seem to always be used by the same EV owners. I expect they live opposite them and therefore treat them as 'theirs'.

Two questions:

1. Does anyone have experience of this?

2. How should one go about getting access? Do you have to leave them a note or something?

Grateful for any advice.
 

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Hi. Long-time lurker and first-time poster.

I live in London where the rise in EV ownership has been really noticeable recently (to me at least). There are a number of public charging points near me now - mostly ubiriticty street lamp chargers - however, they seem to always be used by the same EV owners. I expect they live opposite them and therefore treat them as 'theirs'.

Two questions:

1. Does anyone have experience of this?

2. How should one go about getting access? Do you have to leave them a note or something?

Grateful for any advice.
I've had an EV for a year now, live in Westminster, and have mostly ubitricity lamppost chargers near me and a few Polar within a 5 minute walk. Ubitricity tend to be in resident bays and are not marked off for EV use only so many a time they are ICED. However, I've always managed to find something available when needed. (There are about a dozen or so within a short walk)

There is an app that EV users can register with which will send an automatic message to anyone charging asking them how long they'll be. Details below:

 

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I've had an EV for a year now, live in Westminster, and have mostly ubitricity lamppost chargers near me and a few Polar within a 5 minute walk. Ubitricity tend to be in resident bays and are not marked off for EV use only so many a time they are ICED. However, I've always managed to find something available when needed. (There are about a dozen or so within a short walk)

There is an app that EV users can register with which will send an automatic message to anyone charging asking them how long they'll be. Details below:

Thanks. Yes, this is the problem I've noticed with ubitricity. While the idea is genius, you are at the whim of other parked cars.

That app is a good idea, but I guess it relies on everyone being registered?

I might just look at renting a charger to save the hassle.
 

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Thanks. Yes, this is the problem I've noticed with ubitricity. While the idea is genius, you are at the whim of other parked cars.

That app is a good idea, but I guess it relies on everyone being registered?

I might just look at renting a charger to save the hassle.
I have yet to use the "Need to charge" app and you are right - it needs all EVs to be registered for it to be effective.

It's worth you checking Zap Map to identify exactly how many chargers there are in your area - where in London are you? Some boroughs are better than others but I was pleasantly surprised when I started researching it over a year ago now. As I said earlier, I have not had a problem finding an available charger (and I rely solely on the public network, having no off street parking). Supermarkets come in handy for a quick, free, 30 miles or so of range whilst shopping.
 

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I have yet to use the "Need to charge" app and you are right - it needs all EVs to be registered for it to be effective.

It's worth you checking Zap Map to identify exactly how many chargers there are in your area - where in London are you? Some boroughs are better than others but I was pleasantly surprised when I started researching it over a year ago now. As I said earlier, I have not had a problem finding an available charger (and I rely solely on the public network, having no off street parking). Supermarkets come in handy for a quick, free, 30 miles or so of range whilst shopping.
I'm in West London near Hammersmith. In just the last two days they've actually installed more ubitricity points nearby which is great!
 
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