There's a thread on here regarding the Fastned hubs. That conversation got derailed a little and started talking about the Northumberland network.Does anyone in the North East know whats going on with Charge Youre Car? There's signs up at all the rapids now stating from the 1st of April there will be a 35p per KWH hour charge but the one I'm at right now for instance is a free vend.
Northumberland's Council have been one of the better ones when it comes to maintaining their chargers. If they go off they tend to get repaired quickly. If you're happy to pay Instavolt prices, support the council with these if they are conveniently located for you. They've invested a lot of money and have plans to further expand, but this will only happen if they continue to be used.I personally won't be using the battered council run ones when Instavolt is the same price
Chargemaster are giving councils the push to move from the old CYC System to the new BP Polar/Pulse system where the chargers come with a maintenance contract included. But even where they aren't taking up these new contracts they seem to be just replacing broken hardware with these ultracharge units which are Chargemaster branded as standard and then just get CYC or CPS Stickers added on. While the branding changes, the way you access them does not.
They are all under separate council control so they are free to do their own thing. I Know the North East Combined Authority did originally make a deal with Electric Blue, but I am yet to see any further progress.NE England aren't at all "joined up" with regards to this.
I'm still new but as far as I know Northumberland used to have free rapids but are soon going charged for (april 2021 but delayed).
Newcastle had no free rapids I think but many many faulty CYC fast chargers which are now all supposed to be under BP control but half of them they deny knowing anything about....a small matter that I'm in continuous discussion with them about - one near my home is faulty and they deny knowledge of it so I've offered to get a mini digger and take it off their hands, they've yet to reply haha!
I think North Tyneside ex council are Electric Blue or Hubsta, I don't venture that way much.
Gateshead still has a Rapid and a fast at the stadium but it's under BP control too and a very popular site. Never had the desire to go to S tyneside or Sunderland so don't know that area lol.
The Electric Blue ones? No but if you're still with Onto you can now use your Shell card there.Not sure if I'm totally behind the times here, but the rapids outside the County pub in Gosforth work with a BP Pulse card now. I'm sure they didn't used to?
Only realised after a tip-off from an Uber driver!
That’s just how Electric Blue are. Most of their installs will be installed but not go live for close to a year these days.Hi, I'm trying to get to the bottom of who is responsible for commissioning 2 EB triple head chargers in the Wentworth car park in Hexham, they were installed months ago along with a substation but remain dark. A major development across the road Lidle/Travel Lodge/McD might have been the cause of the delay but the lights are now on in Lidle though the work is not finished.
Climate Northumberland advises "As far as I know, these have been installed by the North of Tyne Combined Authority who are leasing the car parking spaces from the Council.
We agree that it is frustrating that they are yet to go live."
Do you know of any other units in place but not commissioned? We will all benefit if more voices ask questions.
Can the OP please amend the erroneous title of this thread to North East ENGLANDDoes anyone in the North East know whats going on with Charge Youre Car? There's signs up at all the rapids now stating from the 1st of April there will be a 35p per KWH hour charge but the one I'm at right now for instance is a free vend.