Thanks, good to know that it's working wellI think you have it right. Stick them where where people will be stopping for an extended stay. I booked Tiverton Best Western on my summer hols on my way down on the basis it has a charge point. One of yours I believe. They even stuck a cone out for me. If every hotel in the country has a pair of 7kw and could do cones it would be a good start. Get them at moderately priced eateries too and you can get a half decent charge while eating. Ideally somewhere with a bit of shopping too so you can stretch a stop to 2 hours and get 2/3 fill up. Shame 22kw AC isn't standard fit on all cars as the pod cost increase is negligible.
Kevin has plenty of other projects to keep him busy, but you are absolutely correct, his contribution to EV infrastructure is certainly not as well known as it probably should be. However, that is most likely through choice as much as anything else.It seems that the Founder has resigned his Directorship and Trusteeship!
It will be hard to maintain the momentum without KS?
I doubt that his contribution (sometimes controversial) to establishing EV Infradpstructure has been fully acknowledged?
Unless I am mistaken you are not being dumber all, as this doesn't exist, but this is a great suggestion.As a newbie entirely to EVs, I have discovered the existence of ZCW. I really like the idea of chargers in hotels and other leisure destinations.
However - and I expect this is me - what I haven't found is a searchable list of where they are. Obviously I fully understand there are plenty of maps that show charging points - that's not what I need. I need something where I can say "I want a trip to so-and-so this weekend. Is there a B&B to stay at and a tea room and a museum all with chargers please?"
At the minute, as best as I can tell, I have to look on a map, find chargers, then look at each to see what they are attached to and decide if I want to visit.
I guess I'm really asking for Trip Advisor or something similar to add charging info to their entries, or for ZCW to get their data onto Trip Advisor listings in some magical manner.
I expect someone will tell me it's already there now and I can filter Trip Advisor results by charger and I'm just being dumb.
That may be true for small hotels/B&Bs etc. as I said, but I cannot see why the likes of Marriott, Best Western and the big chains need to rely on charitable donations from the public to install low cost chargers if they thought it would attract (possibly higher earning) customers.Have you spoken to any hotels or B&Bs lately about installing car charging? Their businesses are generally such that even a few hundred quid is difficult to justify unless they can see a clear effect on business. I have spoken to owners/management of several hotels recently (past 6 months) where they say that installing a charger has made no difference at all to visitor numbers and most have seen it as a waste of time.
Obviously this will change as EV ownership picks up but at this stage in the take-up it will be difficult for hotel and B&Bs to justify installing. Like there are a few early adopter EV owners (us) so there will be early adopter charging installations but I would expect that we will need to wait for EVs to be much more mainstream before hotels see it as important so anything that can be done to encourage them to install, like free hardware from ZCW, is going to help.
As I see it it is because the managent at those chains do not consider it worth spending anything right now as they would not expect much business.I cannot see why the likes of Marriott, Best Western and the big chains need to rely on charitable donations from the public to install low cost chargers if they thought it would attract (possibly higher earning) customers.
Without wishing to beat the same drum, I wonder if that is in part because it's slightly hard to find that they have the chargers anyway? I imagine that if Mr Blibbins has a B&B and is then able to see a map or list somewhere that showed that Mrs Pumphrey up the road has a charger, and she is getting reviews on a website that shows her establishment as "EV Friendly" he might be inclined to think about it.Have you spoken to any hotels or B&Bs lately about installing car charging? Their businesses are generally such that even a few hundred quid is difficult to justify unless they can see a clear effect on business. I have spoken to owners/management of several hotels recently (past 6 months) where they say that installing a charger has made no difference at all to visitor numbers and most have seen it as a waste of time.
I always check the zeronet/plugshare/zapmap/ocm when choosing a UK short break.As a focal point of the EV community, what are the thoughts of the SpeakEV membership on whether they actively choose a ZCW location for their holiday, etc ?
@dpeilow makes a good point. We must use these places now that they are installed. I recently went to Ambleside for a couple of days... where did I stay? The hotel that had ZCW charging! I did get the "no one has used it in the past 6 months" thing but I posted about my stay and they got a bit of free publicity. This is what we must do IMO.I've definitely booked places because of ZCW's work so long may it continue.