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Having a day off,(and the Zoe sitting there),I decided to do some exploring of the charge units dotted around the region that I've yet to experience..(and also check out the early stages of a future trip to Belfast..)
Until I get my wallbox,Irvinestown has the closest public charger,3 miles away. I planned topping up at each station to verify they were working (sharing on twitter),so gave the Local one a miss (with 50+ miles on the guess-o-meter I figured I'd be ok starting the 75 mile round trip..) Strike one-my first "new" charger in Dromore didn't work..phoned it in.They tried operating it remotely,and doing a restart..nada. passed on to the tech folks.
Next was a bit of cross country road driving on B46,Via Fintona (no charger there..)..twisty,in the fun sense..then turning onto the A5..even with the confidence of Zoe's acceleration,it's a busy main road,and not easy to get a gap to get out..and I had a Bentley on my tail at that point.I Left the Bentley behind on getting a gap,but I was on Eco setting and not pushing hard ,so He caught up and passed me on a hilly stretch with an overtaking lane..Next up was the Park 'n Ride facility at Ballygawley..2 roundabouts with a dual carriageway linking them to negotiate first..Caught up to the Bentley again.The Charging station worked fine,saw a Leaf parked up..On the road back from here and into Maguiresbridge..one port not working, the other one fine.back through Enniskillen,and back to the Trory Roundabout rapid charger for a topup..not today...it usually works,today,not so much.back to Irvinestown.There's a local festival on this week (Lady of the Lake) A large charity truck rally being a feature on the last day,this evening there was a vintage vehicle parade going through town..left Zoe charging and went along to see..A fairground steam engine,Elderly tractors.many tuned original minis buzzing around like flies,Mk 1& 2 Escorts,a bubble car,a P50 (on a trailer),a hillman Imp, and a Ford Corsair..the Noise and the fumes..wow.
I was wondering as a nearly unique car around here atm if Zoe would have fitted in..and then I thought the silence of her was a wash in that racket,anyway..they'd never have known except for the badges..
 

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Are the charging units around you all the same make / model? When I first got my Zoe I did something similar to your trip in the first few weeks and found that some types of charger were less reliable than others - even true of the different Elektrobay models.

And what access card do you need in NI?
 
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Are the charging units around you all the same make / model? When I first got my Zoe I did something similar to your trip in the first few weeks and found that some types of charger were less reliable than others - even true of the different Elektrobay models.

And what access card do you need in NI?
You have a point,I should keep track of the different models of charger for their idiosyncrasies... There are 2 types of fast charger I've encountered, The one I use regularly is a Siemens (CP500a),where the information screen incorporates the RFID sensor,and has the Kw delivered meter below the charging port.. What I call "the slimmer one" (Also Siemens) has a hotspot RFID target a little below the display,and the meters are at the back.(IIRC,it's 2 of these Slimmer ones that I've failed to get a charge from on my travels so far.). ..the local ABB rapid charger has a type 2 AC port and a tethered ChaDeMo lead.(Edit-We passed the Mellon Country Inn on the A5 between Omagh and Strabane leaving My Brother to the Airport during the week..there's another of them in their car park..)
At this time,these rapids here don't require using a card,they have start/stop buttons..
The new triple standard rapid charger I tried on my first road trip is also by ABB.
E-car.NI run the charger network powered by NornIron Electricity(NIE)... They'll issue free access cards to EV owners or those in the process of buying one.I'm unsure what the procedure is for visitors here who would need one..must check that out.(emailed them about this) Took a look at the ESB (ROI) ECars page on FB..someone commented a call to the Number listed on the charger can gain you access..useful to know..
these cards also allow access to the republic's charger network,on the ESB's supply-I took a trip into Donegal and used a charger in Bundoran,there's also units in Ballyshannon,Donegal town,and at the border in Belleek..
(Edit) presumably the ESB sourced charge cards will also work up here..if anyone was considering coming visiting via Liverpool or Holyhead ferries they'd be the folks to check with re. card availability..Chargemaster has a small presence here,with some around the Belfast Area,and Enniskillen's Asda has one, I understand Ecotricity supply the machines at IKEA..there's one in the retail park Adjoining Belfast's George Best (City) Airport.
 

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You have a point,I should keep track of the different models of charger for their idiosyncrasies... There are 2 types of fast charger I've encountered, The one I use regularly is a Siemens,where the information screen incorporates the RFID sensor,and has the Kw delivered meter below the charging port.. What I call "the slimmer one" has a hotspot RFID target a little below the display,and the meters are at the back.(IIRC,it's 2 of the Slimmer ones that I've failed to get a charge from on my travels so far.). ..the local rapid charger,the only one of it's type I've yet seen,has a type 2 AC port and a tethered ChaDeMo lead.
At this time,these rapids here don't require using a card,they have start/stop buttons..
The new triple standard rapid charger I tried on my first road trip is by ABB.
E-car.NI run the charger network powered by NornIron Electricity... They'll issue free access cards to EV owners or those in the process of buying one.I'm unsure what the procedure is for visitors here who would need one..must check that out.(emailed them about this) Took a look at the ESB (ROI) ECars page on FB..someone commented a call to the Number listed on the charger can gain you access..useful to know..
these cards also allow access to the republic's charger network,on the ESB's supply-I took a trip into Donegal and used a charger in Bundoran,there's also units in Ballyshannon,Donegal town,and at the border in Belleek..
(Edit) presumably the ESB sourced charge cards will also work up here..if anyone was considering coming visiting via Liverpool or Holyhead ferries they'd be the folks to check with re. card availability..Chargemaster has a small presence here,with some around the Belfast Area,and Enniskillen's Asda has one, I understand Ecotricity supply the machines at IKEA..there's one in the retail park Adjoining Belfast's George Best (City) Airport.
Got a reply from ECar.ni about the RFID cards for EV tourists..you can apply for one on the website,they're free,and they claim a 3 day turnaround.. And as I mentioned, they're valid all over Ireland.
 

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Fantastic, really useful update, thanks!
 
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