What’s the #rapidcharge session like at shell “gas” station. The “new, sensible, world order”

November 12th, 2017 § Comments Off on What’s the #rapidcharge session like at shell “gas” station. The “new, sensible, world order” § permalink

The look of the 3-type compatible rapid charging. D.C. charging at 50kW AC at 45kW (max speed)

Cable isn’t too long, you gotta get in real close but for the i3 it just enough. I can see however how others may struggle in the future – I was not able to reverse into the bay and plug it in on the opposite side – too short.

As advised. Downloaded the SmoovApp from the iOS App Store. The rest was pretty easy. Select current location and charging socket (do that first – before plugging in)

select payment type and authorise “£20”?? That’s what my Amex. Will folllow that up actually. Why £20? Would I get the unused balance back? That’s todo.


First stats via the SmoovApp. Convenient. I could be away in  the shop(s) and keep an eye on the charge levels. It also enables you set your departure time – courteous so – so other EV drivers in the are are aware that this point is in use, with ETA when it’s to be free. True so. As soon as we disconnected, and nearly left the Shell courtyard – another white leaf pulled into the station and gone straight for that single EV bay. Coincidence? I hope it’s those good courteous manners 😉


And at the end, you get this handy stats screen which you can choose to email to yourself. Nice.

its the same 25p per kWh – roughly double of what you’d pay at home. I regard this pretty darn reasonable. No connection charge or otherwise.

There was no membership to sign up for either. It was pretty simple pay and go, and it was my first time doing so, at this Borehamwood – Barnet location in north london, as map showes above.

It appears, due to cold (+6c outside) that my i3 only charges at 30kw – expected faster charging time to be honest. But since payment is by the kWh and not the time spend, I don’t have anyone to blame for cost-incurring consequence, for less-that-ideal charging speed (but maybe we need to have a chat Err BMW…)


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Letter to Barnet Council: Re: Council ask where to install more electric car charging points

August 19th, 2013 § Comments Off on Letter to Barnet Council: Re: Council ask where to install more electric car charging points § permalink

Decided to jot down a quick email to our Barnet Council as a result of “good news” in Funds being made available £200k for charging infrastructure development in the borough. See link Here.

Join me, by writing your Emails to suggest/encourage  appropriate and suitable charging infrastructure. In my view: Rapid Charging would do really well for the area. 2 or 3 of these in the area and we’re good. Otherwise high-street street-level based slow “local” chargers would do as well, for residents and commuters alike.

————- Sent to kim.wynne@barnet.gov.uk on Sunday 18th August ————-

Hi Kim,

I hope this email find you well.

Indeed i have come across an article on Barnet-Today that you seek to seek suggestions from EV community as to the appropriate installation for EV Charging point.

You are in luck so to speak, – We live in the Borough of Barnet, and indeed Great London at large, and I have been driving my electric car for just over a year now, with yet up-and-coming upgrade already underway to the All-new Nissan Leaf electric car.


Regarding the installations;

As much as i would like to see more charging points typically setup by “community centres”, budget is a limited, and we need to establish one fact, – Electric Car drivers are just like any other car drivers, – typical needs come first in so called hierarchy of needs.

In short, Shopping centres car-parks are first to be encouraged, subsidise these car charging facilities installations …

High streets and appropriate charging for one to two cars on the Street level, not NCP, is next to receive priority
For example, beside Waitrose, from Hendon to High Barnet, there is possibly an odd 1 charging location “en route”, from Hendon Lane via Finchley Lane.

And the one available is the slow charging located really out of typical main route’s way.
In essence, as an electric car growing community we are much overlooked in Barnet, being said, to date.

…. I have personally seen a dozen electric cars in the area, with some owners not being able to have a car-drive to ease and convenience of charging. The resident-local location would really benefit from the charging.

Considering that Charging points typically they are Slow options (type 1), at best Fast Charging (type 2, halving the charging time), please consider the activities in the area.

This is usually overlooked when deciding where to install a charging point. While EV User waits for their car to charge, typically longer than a hour, it would be well suited for the area if there are local amenities, businesses which could mutually benefit from this prospect.

While Shopping centres mentioned are indeed an ideal location for these charging points, they usually operating within certain Open/Close hours, while Street-level car charging options are easier to locate – “Bright Green Beacon of Hope” – as its usually described. This is ideally suited for High Street locations.

I personally would like to see charging points come up “en route” Finchley Central, Hendon, and Totterige side.
This street level view would self-promote the Electric Car as mode of transport in Barnet, lower the emissions, as well as enable EV Drivers to conduct daily business in the area, be it Bank visits, shopping, or otherwise.

Concerning the charging types;
All electric cars come with the typical “home-standard” 13A Plug connector. This is Type – 1. Slow charging. Would take 0-100% in 7-8 hours.
If there are more of these, its very straightforward for most EV Drivers, new alike.

There is an option(a £200-£700 per cable privilege) which is not common, a cable for some car models to enable Type 2 charging. This is Fast Charging. 32A, halving charging type. While i wish to use these facilities for mere speed of charging, it may be prudent to establish their use (expensive extra cables), as installed by Waitrose. I wonder if they let you know their usage data for FYI.

Finally, There is Rapid Charging, This is a little more expensive to install, however immensely useful on any real Electric Car Commuting. At 400V 80A, this DC charging is compatible with vast number of cars, charging cars from 0%-80% within 25-30 minutes.

This makes Electric Car living very comfortable, and i would urge you to seriously consider installing one or two in the area to put Barnet as a serious Electric Car Friendly location. This would only bring more EV Drivers to the community.

These one or two rapid chargers could be installed By Libraries or Council Car Parks, to ensure the maximum benefit and security for the installation.

As an example, Ecotricity project, which aims to installed these rapid chargers across all Main UK Highways is making good, with recent installation at IKEA, Wembley car park. I can’t thank them enough for saving me stress and offering such convenience.

Needless to say, they get all the appropriate appreciation via twitter.

And one more thing, when you decide on the location on these charging points, here is the nationwide electric charging map for your reference. www.zap-map.com – Barnet should get a definite improvement with this 200k grant.

Dont hesitate to get in touch should you have ANY questions, – i would be happy to answer any queries and offer feedback,

Best Regards,


Electric Car User Experience Blog


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Will update you if i hear anything.

Council ask where to install more electric car charging points

August 14th, 2013 § Comments Off on Council ask where to install more electric car charging points § permalink

GREEN drivers are being asked where they would like to see more electric car charging points installed.

Barnet Council is planning to use part of a £200,000 grant from the Mayor of London to install four new points.

There are already six charging points in the borough, at High Barnet Station, Waitrose in Whetstone, Finchley and Mill Hill, Brent South Retail Park and Jemca in Edgware Road provided by Source London.

The grant funding has to be allocated to schemes to improve air quality.

According to the Department for Transport there were 351 electric cars registered within the Greater London area from January 2010 to February 2013.

Cabinet member for environment Dean Cohen said: “We have already shown a willingness to support electric vehicles in Barnet and over the coming months we will be looking at ways to increase the number of electric charge points if we can.

“Electric cars are becoming more popular around the country, especially in London and we want to make sure that Barnet is ahead of the curve. We are keen to hear from owners of electric cars about where they would most like charging points to be located.”

Motorists are invited to email kim.wynne@barnet.gov.uk with their suggestions for future locations for electric charging points.

Hospitals do need #ev charging points (like WhipsCross) unlike Barnet hospital @BarnetCouncil – barren as far as #charging points concerned

January 28th, 2013 § Comments Off on Hospitals do need #ev charging points (like WhipsCross) unlike Barnet hospital @BarnetCouncil – barren as far as #charging points concerned § permalink

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