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Are you interested in having a local network for EV drivers, owners and users in the Wessex Region?

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Many people familiar with the counties bracketed above will know that this region is often somewhat forgotten about not least by the fact that much of it is neither the South East, The West Country and certainly not the Midlands or Home Counties. In days of Ye Olde England it was the main heartland to the Kingdom of Wessex So I figure that's a pretty good name to put to the proposal that we in the region start getting together and try and get a useful network running in the 'Wessex Region'

If you would like to be included in the network then please let me know and we can start to look at how folk are placed around the region so that we can meet up, socialise, share the occasional use of charging points and maybe even start to get public charge points located in useful places and build a community rather than rely on an infrastructure that's geared for commercial and city landscapes.

So tick the appropriate option/s in the Poll at the top of this thread and then message me by clicking my name an then "Start A Conversation"
 

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I am curious... why not include Cornwall? Cornwall is stuck out on a limb both geographically and socially. I realise that not many EVs from from Cornwall are likely to be able to travel to meetings etc but at least they could be included and feel involved and if they can get to events then so much the better :)
 

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Also, are you aware of the SoCEV meetings that have taken place organised mainly by Grant Thomas in Waterlooville? They were very well attended. You might want to hook up with them instead of creating something brand new?
 

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Hi Paul, I figure anything larger than this becomes too large an area especially given EV ranges and would like people to hopefully join similarly minded 'neighbours' to ultimately have a nationwide network of Local networkers all happily working together speaking the same sort of language. A bit like the English language with it's many dialects I suppose. I'm a fan of dialects as opposed to Received Pronunciation. I also don't want to step on anyone's toes So great if there's already local networks like those you mention (yes I was aware of these already:) ) I'm figuring that you will have a good knowledge of Devon Cornwall folk and are already in touch with them (by the way I used to live in Yelverton)

I'd really like people not to feel that they are out there on the fringes and will encourage people to get in touch with their neighbours even if geographically it's a limb. As far as I'm concerned it's not 'out there' Yes hooking up with people is what I intend to get people doing :)
 

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I'm interested, but a colleague of mine who isn't on here may be even more useful as it happens...

Perhaps I could gently twist his arm if he thinks that he will also get some work installing home chargers for folks here ;)
Great, do it! Personally I'm not into evangelistic and committee type stuff so he needn't feel put off on my behalf I just want to help get things done that help everyone by getting things put in the right places that's mutually beneficial to everyone and not just a few special chosen ones. I'm also looking at talking to a few potential site owners in a short while. I'm going to do a bit of a local survey of what does actually exist in my local area first though which is naff all it seems in reality.
 

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I'm pleased to be able to report that I have added two more reasonably good charge points to the Wessex Region and am happy to share these with other EV users.

I've just had my Charge Points installed yesterday (I got two installed, one on OLEV the other I paid for) One is in Blandford and the other is in Milborne St Andrew Dorset, both are 32amp Type 2. This is a rural area and is in that forgotten area of the country West of Southampton. There's not many cities or large towns in the West Country so there's little point in expecting either business or politicians looking for votes taking much notice of us 'carrot crunchers'

As soon as I can afford to do it I'll put in another 2 points in 2 other locations in my general run of the mill daily commute portion of Dorset but in the meantime I'm using regular 3 pin 10amp plugs to top up at these two and my other charge points are near by each anyway. I'm very happy to let anyone with an EV who needs some amps drop by and top up at these 4 locations all they need to do is drop me a line and I'll make sure they know where the points are and that they are powered up. I've popped my workshop location on the plugshare map it's easy to do.

I'm also looking into speaking with local councils, businesses and Chambers of commerce to get them to also work with us the EV owners/drivers in order to build up a useful worthwhile network rather than the Greenwashed hogwash that's getting the big publicity and 'approved/squandered' money.

If we show that we can sort out a working network ourselves and demonstrate that we can do this without spending a fortune nor ripping people off with high charges for a network that's constantly breaking down and frequently unavailable then the powers that be will take notice of us and will listen to what we have to say. Basically we're doing what was done nearly a hundred years ago when petrol stations started to appear. If we leave things to big business, corporations and our government we'll just end up with what's happened there and a handful of supermarkets calling all the shots.

If anyone else in the area would like some help in improving our network and usable range in the region then feel free to drop me a line and/or join in with the thread here.
 

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I suspect the region covered is rather too broad? The east of hampshire to depths of cornwall is rather a long way. 2 adjoining counties perhaps..
 

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I suspect the region covered is rather too broad? The east of hampshire to depths of cornwall is rather a long way. 2 adjoining counties perhaps..
It depends on your perspective and how much you travel. I'm located within a short distance of 5 counties and I am very used to travelling all over the country. I'm also used to people who rarely travel outside of their home towns. The point is that we can cover large areas by linking up together and helping our neighbours by networking :)
 

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I'm pleased to be able to report that I have added two more reasonably good charge points to the Wessex Region and am happy to share these with other EV users.

I've just had my Charge Points installed yesterday (I got two installed, one on OLEV the other I paid for) One is in Blandford and the other is in Milborne St Andrew Dorset, both are 32amp Type 2. This is a rural area and is in that forgotten area of the country West of Southampton. There's not many cities or large towns in the West Country so there's little point in expecting either business or politicians looking for votes taking much notice of us 'carrot crunchers'

As soon as I can afford to do it I'll put in another 2 points in 2 other locations in my general run of the mill daily commute portion of Dorset but in the meantime I'm using regular 3 pin 10amp plugs to top up at these two and my other charge points are near by each anyway. I'm very happy to let anyone with an EV who needs some amps drop by and top up at these 4 locations all they need to do is drop me a line and I'll make sure they know where the points are and that they are powered up. I've popped my workshop location on the plugshare map it's easy to do.

I'm also looking into speaking with local councils, businesses and Chambers of commerce to get them to also work with us the EV owners/drivers in order to build up a useful worthwhile network rather than the Greenwashed hogwash that's getting the big publicity and 'approved/squandered' money.

If we show that we can sort out a working network ourselves and demonstrate that we can do this without spending a fortune nor ripping people off with high charges for a network that's constantly breaking down and frequently unavailable then the powers that be will take notice of us and will listen to what we have to say. Basically we're doing what was done nearly a hundred years ago when petrol stations started to appear. If we leave things to big business, corporations and our government we'll just end up with what's happened there and a handful of supermarkets calling all the shots.

If anyone else in the area would like some help in improving our network and usable range in the region then feel free to drop me a line and/or join in with the thread here.
Exactly the thinking I have been sharing with Andy, our innovation specialist in Shrewsbury.

The Zero Carbon World model for £500 gives businesses a way of attracting a growing group of potential customers with likely released disposable income due to not paying for petrol, a significant dwell time and an inclination to see the business providing the charger positively.

Likewise the 900 of us on here sharing our home charging can give a redundancy to public charging failing, make it more lilely we can destination charge and accidentally add to our sense of community and connectiom increasing our mental well being.

Win Win :)
 

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Just a quick Happy Christmas to everyone and hope you're all having a good one.

Sorry to see one black Nissan Leaf parked up on the side of the road with what appears to be a flat battery on Christmas Eve and still there yesterday with a note looking like it'll be there till Monday. I added to the the note with one on the windscreen saying to get in touch as I have a charge point all of 1/2 a mile from where the car is left the owner is welcome to use. Plus there's two more charge points I can let them have access to if they are ever low on power.

I've seen the car quite frequently so I know it's local but not quite sure exactly where. It all just reinforces my belief that forming local groups is definitely worth while. I know from being in other EV clubs you are never more than a few miles from an other EVer, even me here in rural Dorset.

So anyone who passes through Cheselbourne, Milborne St Andrew or Blandford if you are low on amps then just holla.

Merry Christmas
 

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It might be a bit late , but may I suggest that those who live in the Dorset area contact the 'relevant authorities' with suggestions and ideas to improve the final provision of these rapid chargers. There is bound to be some Local Politician involved somewhere, who knows they may even listen to an EV owner. In Hampshire the biggest problem with siting the rapid chargers seems to have been finding good sites, so perhaps Dorset residents, esp with businesses, could help.
 

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I used to run a SoCEV meet (South Coast EV Meet)
Used to? You don't get out of it that easily.;) Some of us have been waiting patiently (or impatiently:)) for the next one. I missed out on 2014 as I only went electric at the end of May 2014.

My first opportunity for a meet was BEVoB in June which was educational. Not least for proving that the Leaf was capable of 350 miles in one day.

If you need any help in organising or catering I am happy to assist.

It would be great if we could kick off in March followed by another meet in the summer in a similar (friendly) location. How about a Summer location in West Hants / Dorset border area. @Kelvin can you get a suitable location that we can publicise if we have a meeting in March?

I had thought that if there is interest then a retail location might be an idea to reinforce that EV charging can bring in custom.
 

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Used to? You don't get out of it that easily.;) Some of us have been waiting patiently (or impatiently:)) for the next one. I missed out on 2014 as I only went electric at the end of May 2014.
LOL hint taken, I'll speak to WKB, maybe we should aim for another March date.
 

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LOL hint taken, I'll speak to WKB, maybe we should aim for another March date.
I'm interested. Regularly pass through on the way to Winchester.

Also happy to travel further west if something is organised. Hopefully Rownhams may be repaired by March:rolleyes: to reopen the M27 corridor. Romsey Rapids didn't seem to last very long either. No opportunity to use my shiny new SSE card:D (looking for "ironic-grin-smiley" to use here)
 

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Good to see people up to meet up somewhere. Yes I think it would be good to get a gathering together sometime.

First thoughts are maybe somewhere near Rownhams services as there's 2 rapid charging points on each side of the motorway there and there's also nearby stations including IKEA too, though I've not been to that yet. I can make Southampton from my part of Dorset (I think.......) I'm thinking fairly central for those who have expressed interest and several possibilities rather than all relying on one point
 

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I'm interested. Regularly pass through on the way to Winchester.

Also happy to travel further west if something is organised. Hopefully Rownhams may be repaired by March:rolleyes: to reopen the M27 corridor. Romsey Rapids didn't seem to last very long either. No opportunity to use my shiny new SSE card:D (looking for "ironic-grin-smiley" to use here)
I checked rownhams out last night at 8pm

I didn't actually charge up here (was passing in the ICE) but I did go and take a look at the charge point on the Bournemouth bound carriageway and it appeared to be in working order although someone had left the Renault charge lead lying in the mud on the ground so I checked the plug was clean and put it back in the holster. Nothing indicating any faults and everything lit up looking operational
 
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