Worth remembering that many Nissan dealers will let you use their Chademo free of charge. Only problem is that many of them are getting old & tired so best to ring ahead and check a particular one is working.New leaf owner here , Haven't a clue what I need for out and about charging in towns and on motorways ,
Can anyone point me in the right direction or offer advice please
4 years ago when I first thought obout EV ownership I was tucked up by Glyn Hopkins Romford Nissan stealers ( Mr Mark Flood ) The boss , It cost me £500 , Not impressed at allWorth remembering that many Nissan dealers will let you use their Chademo free of charge. Only problem is that many of them are getting old & tired so best to ring ahead and check a particular one is working.
Shame that other manufacturers don't seem to have similar policies.
OK thanks for all the info , CheersCharge Your Car or Charge Place Scotland is a good place to start. They are both effectively the same network throughout the UK. RFID card costs £20 per year.
Shell Recharge (was called New Motion and still run by New Motion where you access your account). Expanding network of charge stations throughout UK. RFID card is free. Download the app and order the card from there.
Genie Point also useful. You can use any existing RFID card - just register it when near a charger. Alternatively you can buy a separate RFID card for £9.
Ecotricity chargers are often found at motorway service stations. App access only.
Engenie and Instavolt are accessed using a bank card, no need to register.
Polar Instant also useful. Access only via an app. They have another scheme Polar Plus which is a monthly subscription giving a cheaper electricity tariff.
As mentioned, download Zap-Map or use the online website. In the app you can set up the above networks you decide to use. It will then only show your preferred charging stations. You would also set up the socket type of your EV as G.a.r.y mentioned.
That should get you started!
One size does not fit all ! Yes you need different cards/apps.Silly question time , IF I get one card does it work on other charging units ? Sort of one fits all ? or do you need all the different cards
I hope not as this is like going back in time whe railways all had fifferent size tracks , Doh !
It should be a rapid for a proper practice, not a 7kW destination charger that you find at some supermarkets etc. (that involves you using your own type 2 cable). Check on ZapMap who operates your local rapid.I am going to drive round my local charging point and have a look
PodPoint is well worth having - their 7kW posts in Sainsburys or Tescos are usually free as indeed are some in out-of-town shopping centres but unless you're logged in , you may be disconnected after 15mins. Even when you have to pay for a rapid, theirs are usually amongst the best rates - e.g. Lidl now charge 23ppuI forgot to include the PodPoint app which I also have. I'm going to be using their rapids next week on a trip, as the two CYC go-to chargers on my route are both out of action.
Yes, they are the ones I'll be using. I've emailed Lidl for some clarification, as their Hall Street, Bristol branch is listed on Zap-Map as restricted to customers only, whereas their Chippenham branch has no such restriction. What counts as a "customer", I wonder?Even when you have to pay for a rapid, theirs are usually amongst the best rates - e.g. Lidl now charge 23ppu