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Here I go again. This time I'm planning to go to Manchester.
I've just looked at the Ecotricity map and nearly all the DC RCs along the M5 and M6 are showing as offline.
I may have to revert to diesel. :(

Update from Ecotricity:
I can confirm that we do currently have a lot of our DC fast chargers offline at the moment due to a manufacturers fault with these charge points. However we are currently in the process of upgrading all of our chargers so that they are much more robust and reliable in the future.
I can also assure you that we do have a team of engineers out trying to repair these chargers and if they are able to bring them back online it will be updated on our map and tweeted on our Twitter page as soon as possible.

http://www.twitter.com/ecotricity
 

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Well, I got as far as Michael Wood services - both N & S RCs offline. However, a Leaf charged up on the S RC. I then tried again but got error.
Had to then do a slow charge to give me 19 mile range to get to new Gloucester services. Arrived at Gloucester to another offline RC.
Now I'm stuck in car waiting on AA.

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Shocking! Was there an error on the Gloucester Services RC? Its a brand new unit and thought it was working fine?
 

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Also what are the AA to deal like when you have ran out of charge? I'm with them but thankfully haven't needed to call them out yet.
 

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Well, I got as far as Michael Wood services - both N & S RCs offline. However, a Leaf charged up on the S RC. I then tried again but got error.
Had to then do a slow charge to give me 19 mile range to get to new Gloucester services. Arrived at Gloucester to another offline RC.
Now I'm stuck in car waiting on AA.

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Pathetic. :-(
 

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The M5 is a real struggle to travel from Bristol to Birmingham. Especially when both north and south Michael wood rapids have been out of action for so long! What the hell is going on? You would have thought these would be top priority repairs.

On my first day of leaf ownership driving home after picking it up. I had done 3 successful rapid charges and over 150 miles traveled - I was feeling very happy about my new car. But at hopwood I done the newbie error of looking at the miles remaining on the gauge. It said 80 miles. So I unplugged the car at 83% and thought no problem because its 64 miles from hopwood services (Birmingham) to Michael wood services (south of Gloucester).

As I set off at 60mph torrential rain and wind had started. My miles left gauge was dropping quickly, reduced my speed to 50mph it was still dropping quicker than I was actually traveling. Had to reduce my speed to 40ish mph as I got to a LBW.

Drove into Michael wood services on turtle and the battery ran out about 100m away from the charger. Luckily it was a slight downhill slope to the rapid so after I finally figured out how to put it into neutral my partner jumped in the drivers seat and I started pushing it to the rapid haha.

My stress levels were at an all time high at this point lol, if I had plugged in and then for the rapid not to work after all that I think I would have sold the car the next day!
 

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Licker, how did you find the AA recovery towards EV drivers running out of charge?
 

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First time I used them a couple of weeks ago they found and escorted me to the nearest fast charge - I had enough charge to get there but I had expected them to take me home.
This time, at the M5 services, they loaded me up and took me 50 miles to Frankley services. The back office staff were a little unsure what to do at first but I emphasised that because there were 2 RCs at Frankley that would be the best option.
I'm happy for them to take me to the nearest available type of charger that I would have used or to my destination if that is easier.
 

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Shocking! Was there an error on the Gloucester Services RC? Its a brand new unit and thought it was working fine?
Yes. I can't recall the error but it sounded like a major internal error. Ecotricity help line could not reset it.
 

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I charge the Volt at home, of course. When I go to a destination (say, a restaurant) where there is public charging nearby then I am very happy to use it as it will likely make my return trip all-electric as was my outgoing trip. However, if that charging is not available for some reason then I can still make it back - albeit through consumption of dinosaur juice. I can't fathom the anxiety that Leaf drivers must have when making a trip that necessitates specific points of public charging are operational at their time of need.
 

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I don't do enough long range journeys to know to be honest, when I do it's never really been a worry or a problem. Part luck, mostly knowing where I live and where I drive in most instances. ;)
 
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