Tag Archives: Finding Charge Points

Saltash to Brixham – POLAR Charging Post Failed

Today I needed to go from my home in Saltash to Brixham. This is a round trip of 73 miles and right on the edge of the range of my Nissan Leaf so I might have chosen to use my Vauxhall Ampera. Instead, I decided to see if I could do it easily in the … Continue reading Saltash to Brixham – POLAR Charging Post Failed

Are Electric Cars Ready for the Masses?

I have been a staunch supporter and promoter of electric vehicles (EVs) over the past year. I have often tried to persuade people that 80 miles range is perfectly adequate for most trips and most days for most people but whilst I know that this is true even I feel that we need more range. … Continue reading Are Electric Cars Ready for the Masses?

EV Charging Should Be PAYG or Free

As stated in the strategy document on Low-Carbon Transport the government has stated that it will develop a National Chargepoint Register (NCR). This all made sense when it was announced but that was before the various Plugged in Places had launched their various subscription schemes each requiring a membership fee to be paid and each … Continue reading EV Charging Should Be PAYG or Free

Bad News! Cornwall pull funding for Electric Cars

It is a sad day today because I heard that Cornwall Council’s excellent plans to install a proper fast and slow charging infrastructure has had its funding pulled and so as I write this there is no plans within Cornwall Council, as far as I know, to install any EV charging infrastructure in the county. … Continue reading Bad News! Cornwall pull funding for Electric Cars

Getting back on the horse

So, what has happened over the past week apart from my self-enforced exile? Firstly, and rather importantly, Nissan have finally responded to the issue of them supplying dangerously wired plugs on the Nissan Leaf charge cable. I received a letter from Nissan, presumably sent out to all owners, explaining the problem and asking owners to … Continue reading Getting back on the horse

Why Electric Cars Are Not Yet Ready For Market

For months now, ever since I got my Nissan Leaf, I have been shouting the benefits of electric cars. I have gone out of my way to promote them, I have argued their advantages on Facebook and Twitter, I have driven my car the length and breadth of England (literally!) to show that they are … Continue reading Why Electric Cars Are Not Yet Ready For Market

No more slow charging posts and more fast chargers please

You know, the more I hear about the charging infrastructure that is being built in the UK by the Plugged in Places schemes the more I despair. It seems to me that the Plugged in Places projects are being run by people that have never owned an EV (Electric vehicle) in their life. Nor have … Continue reading No more slow charging posts and more fast chargers please

We Don't Need a Central Charge Point Database

UPDATE 11/12/2011 00:04:Since posting this post a lot has happened that has forced me to reassess the situation. The government has launched its own national charge point database and to be honest, in my opinion, it is not loooking good. Many new databases, web sites and apps have spung up offering to provide EV drivers … Continue reading We Don't Need a Central Charge Point Database