I have had a fascinating, but ultimately frustrating, discussion over the past 24hrs about the reliability of the Ecotricity Electric Highway. Here I expand a little on a few of the basic premises and assertions I make regarding current reliability. The first point of discussion surrounded the issue of whether the network reliability changes as … Continue reading Does a Charge Network Get More Reliable When More People Use It?
I have been having some very interesting conversations over the past couple of days on Twitter with a few people who are suggesting that I am over negative regarding the reliability of the Highway. While I respect their opinions I feel that I am not over negative and here’s why… Their argument is that the … Continue reading Ecotricity Electric Highway – Is it as reliable as people make out?
Recently, Plymouth City Council announced that phase 1 of their plan to install EV charging in the city was now complete and so I thought I would give it a try. I live in Saltash and until now there has been very little public charging available. A Nissan rapid charger at a Plymouth dealer and … Continue reading Plymouth Public Charging – Part 1
On Wednesday I went to the offices of Ecotricity in Stroud to meet Simon Crowfoot. Simon is the MD heading up, amongst other things, the Ecotricity Electric Highway. It was a very interesting meeting and I felt that I learned so much that I want to share some of it with you. The first thing … Continue reading Meeting with Simon Crowfoot of Ecotricity on 11th Dec 2013
If you have been following me on this blog, or following my experience in my Nissan Leaf at all over the past 2 and 1/2 years, you will hopefully know that I am not one to shy away from a challenge. I was one of the first to get a Nissan Leaf in the UK … Continue reading Are Electric Vehicles Ready for Long Trips Yet?
In a way Ecotricity has been one of the biggest supporters of electric cars in the UK. They committed to installing an “Electric Highway”, a network of rapid chargers sited mainly at motorway service areas and without their network driving electric cars for long trips in the UK would be difficult or near on impossible! … Continue reading Should Rapid Chargers be Installed at Shopping Locations?
Over the past week or so there has been a bit of a scare… some Nissan Leaf drivers started reporting on forums and Twitter that they couldn’t charge past 80%. Several people reported this and at different charging locations and so I started to get worried… Was I also going to also be restricted to … Continue reading Is There an 80% Limit on Rapid Chargers?
We went shopping at our local Waitrose today. This supermarket is our closest supermarket this side of the river and toll so we use it quite regularly. There are two POLAR charging units each with a 13A socket and a 32A type 2 socket. We are POLAR members and so we always try to plug … Continue reading Charging our Nissan Leaf at Waitrose
Last night I needed to get some dinner and rather than eat the fast food options here at my hotel I thought I would see if there was an option for me to eat and charge. It was convenient that the Best Western in Peterborough has a ZeroNet charging station and the pub there was … Continue reading The ICEing on the cake
I have an electric car. Sure it is different from a petrol or diesel ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) but it is a lot simpler. In a typical ICE there are hundreds of moving parts that all require oil to lubricate and water to keep cool. They wear out too and require regular maintenance and repair. … Continue reading How Can I Charge My Electric Car? – Part 1 – Electricity