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I was doing some work related jobs in York today so took the opportunity to finally scout out this one. I was in the work ICE van so unable to actually test any of the points but took some pics for you all.

The Rapid itself is a Tri standard eVolt charger so not DBT! fully powered and operational, I am guessing it is CYC like the others in York but nothing on the charger itself to confirm. I've tweeted @CYC who are now looking into it for me. My only concerns are it is located in the Bus only turning area of the Park & Ride and there is currently double yellow lines where you need to park up, unlike the usual EV bay you need to park along side this charger. I'm a bit concerned if you park too far back from the charger so your nose is in line with the connectors a bus won't be able to turn around that corner (pictured).

I also spotted 3 dual socket type 2 chargers so 6 bays in all which I believe are 50p per hour to use, not too bad! These were located in the retail park directly behind the rapid charger. There was an i3 attempting..? to charge at a post but the owner was on the phone and I didn't have time to stop and chat about his lovely looking i3 or the points.


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The rapid charger is primarily for use by the electric bus service soon to begin in York. Also, it's about to be moved to the to a different location in the bus terminus so access should improve.
 

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@Talon It's Monks Cross P&R but if it's for the Electric bus service for York then I'm guessing it won't be available for us, a real shame if we can't use it as it would be great as a Wetherby back up or just to hop scotch our way further into North Yorks Moors.
 

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I'm to believe that these new eVolt units will allow two users to simultaneously charge, alas only one AC and one DC and not two DC. It's a shame if not for public use, York imo have not embraced the free public charging spirit that other North East councils have adopted...... however as like Durham Council, fee charging will soon be implemented to all including Ecotricitys rapids as reported from next January.
 

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fee charging will soon be implemented to all including Ecotricitys rapids as reported from next January.
Colin, fee based charging will inevitably be with us at some point across the network. I am sure that some owners will however choose to use EV chargers not in a way to extract more revenue from customers but to entice them to come in and stay longer. I would see the model evolving more into one such as a wifi access model where some locations charge you dear while others offer it as a service.

Regarding a timeline for Ecotricity to start charging - certainly Dale stated January 2015, however a large part of what they are installing is being deployed under an EU scheme which will remain free to use until January 2016. Since the equipment will be visually identical and therefore would be tougher to tell if this is a charging-charger or a free one it would seem logical to me for Ecotricity to push that charging date off by 12 months and have a simple cut-over.
 

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@Talon It's Monks Cross P&R but if it's for the Electric bus service for York then I'm guessing it won't be available for us, a real shame if we can't use it as it would be great as a Wetherby back up or just to hop scotch our way further into North Yorks Moors.
There's another at Nunnery Lane which will be going live shortly.
 

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Great news @Thomas_Newby this will be really useful for those wanting to visit York, combined with all the other posts you've installed recently means York is now doing quite well with charge points. Many Thanks!
 

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The charger within the Park n Ride site is run by Charge your Car and I have used it. The problem is that the Park n Ride car park is barrier operated and there is a £5 charge for parking if you do not use the Park n Ride bus. This makes it more expensive than 50p an hour! I was let off the £5.00 charge after discussions with the office manager but he said there was no policy in place for those just wanting to charge and go. I would recommend Grimston Bar Park n Ride or the York Designer Outlet - both also Charge your Car but not barrier controlled.
 

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The charger within the Park n Ride site is run by Charge your Car and I have used it. The problem is that the Park n Ride car park is barrier operated and there is a £5 charge for parking if you do not use the Park n Ride bus. This makes it more expensive than 50p an hour! I was let off the £5.00 charge after discussions with the office manager but he said there was no policy in place for those just wanting to charge and go.
I went to the York Monks Cross park-and-ride to charge up for 15 minutes and when I asked him the man in the office happily gave me a token so I could exit the car park for free afterwards. I suppose they're the same tokens you'd normally get from the bus driver.
Great to hear about the chargers at the new retail park. From looking at your photo I guess they're in front of the new Marks & Spencer's. I was there on Saturday and didn't notice them!

I've also used the chargers at the York Designer Outlet. There are no exit barriers but I don't think there's 24-hour access.
 

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Specifically the rapids? Based on discussions I've seen on my thread in Leaftalk Brian Orr tried the Monks Cross rapid a couple of weeks back after checking if he could charge there with the park and ride operators, he used his CYC card and the unit worked for him. This unit is being moved however so do not plan a journey with it as part of your itinerary. There is a new P&R opened called "Poppleton Bar" on the A59

http://www.itravelyork.info/park-and-ride/park-and-ride-sites/poppleton-bar/

This is serviced by a fleet of electric buses which I plan on going to take a look at when I get some spare time. There is a rapid there, in a better location but still with the same restriction that it can only be used by the public when buses have finished running.

The rumored rapid located on Nunnery Lane is still waiting supply last time I heard. Not actually seen this one in person but will try and drop by there at some point when I'm next in York for some recon.
 

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Many thanks. We (4 of us plus luggage) are heading to Blackpool from Northumberland 2 weeks today. That scotch corner/ wetherby gap worries me a bit, no probs if wetherby is working ofc, but if not it's Leeds or York
 

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There is 1 Rapid charger, 7x32A Type 2 sockets and 1x 13A socket at Nunnery Lane car park in York. At present, just 1x 32A socket and 1 x 13A socket are currently operational.

I'm just liaising with the local DNO regarding the new electricity supply but hopefully by the end of August everything will be up and running.
 
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