Some electric car charging points in Bath are to be replaced following complaints from drivers they do not work.
Several public charging points in the city, which are owned by Bath and North East Somerset (Banes) Council, have recently been reported as broken.
One driver told the BBC “only three of about 15” were working last week.
Banes said it was “aware of some issues” and it planned to install new units by the end of March.
The BBC found at least three charging stations – at Charlotte Street car park, and at Lansdown and Newbridge park and rides – were currently out of service.
Electric car owner Will Guyatt said: “To find a public charge point is not working, you really are stuffed, because you then need to find somewhere else to charge.”
Calvey Taylor-Haw, from Charge Your Car – which oversees charging points in the UK, said there had been problems in Bath for a while.
“We’ve had numerous calls about those particular charging stations and they are very unreliable.
“We’ve taken the decision to mark them as ‘off-line’ on our map.”
Erik Fairbairn from the charging point supplier POD Point, which supplied many of the machines in the city, said reliability was “not perfect” and said discussions were taking place with the council about upgrading them.
“These were charge points sold a number of years ago to the council. They haven’t necessarily had the relevant support contract in place.
“Now a number of them are not perfect. We’re hoping the council will say ‘come in and sort them out’.”
A council spokesman said Banes was “in the process of switching its supplier and replacing electric charging points” in the Charlotte Street car park and Lansdown park and ride.
Electric vehicle charging point operator Chargemaster has announced it will expand its network by installing 2000 new points across the country.
The new points will join the firm’s existing network of 4000 charging stations.
Chargemaster said the move intends to resolve issues where several third-party charging points installed under the Government’s Plugged in Places scheme have been unserviceable.
Chargemaster is offering to replace these units for free to enable the nation’s infrastructure to be upgraded.
The company said it will install around 1000 points in London, some of which will replace non-functional stations, while 600 stations will be placed in new locations with a focus on hotels, supermarkets and health clubs.
“Chargemaster is committed to making electric vehicles a viable option to people across the UK, and this latest move solidifies that intention,” said David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster. “By growing our network nationwide, but also focusing on traditionally poor areas of service, such as London, we are confident we will make a marked difference for EV owners wanting to charge on the move”.
While my funky bluish ride is behaving like it should, and there is not cause to be much alarmed, i did come across some small time to outright “wtf” issues, which i hope a nice health check for my piece of mind can help resolve.
First. The Doors
They work in the sense that they open and close, UP/DOWN action on those, but mechanism and indeed the Process is not as, how you’d say REFINED as you’d hoped for. In a sense, there is much physical exertion one has to go through to take these doors UP/OPEN. Tad annoying? i’d say so.
There is a small nuance to door to lock latch alignment
Boot Locker which does not lock. Something to do with latches… hmm. to fix. twizy ev by www.evmeerkat.com
Boot Locker which does not lock. hmm. to fix. twizy ev by www.evmeerkat.com
And finally the most importantly, the Boot Locker.
Its a weird thing, which is either broken or… something along those lines.
Now, lets see how this plays out in the full video.
Well, i did too. And my route, from London’s Brent Cross to Braintree basically shows One RapidCharging point, which i can really use – at the Destination – By ChargeYourCar. (George Yard Car Park
Pierrefitte Way, Braintree, CM7 1RB)
Googlemaps Looks pretty straight forward, 57 odd miles a single way. So return trip (round-up) is 120 miles. That Stop in Braintree better work! I mean, there is no other way alternative. All rapid Chargers, – Ecotricity supplied (accessed 24/7) or otherwise – Thank you Nissan Dealers(accessible 9-5pm) – are not that close.
Zap-Map shows a …well, a black hole of Essex. If the Braintree RCDC is broken, im stuffed big time. So far, ChargeYourCar app is showing, (along with the website version) said that it is online and active – “Good News Everyone!”.
So, we’re set for a roadtrip!
Annoying thing: there is no information about opening or closing time.
Never mind, – i’m thinking “council car park”, i’m thinking “24/7 access”. And finally, i only “am thinking…” that bit once i’m already close, 2 miles away and it’s nearly 7:30PM.
What really happened?
Wow, well, First of all, – and in “general”, nothing sinister. ChargeYourCar location really does exist.
I found it. its relatively easy to use. Its 43KW feed. So be prepared to wait 40 odd minutes if you arrive on near-nil.
The Bad/Cons of this Charger: First of all there is a “closing time” for this location. opening hours are 7am something – still not sure, until 7:30pm. The closing time – just, just – is when I arrived. I was promptly flagged by a parking team and advised that i should be leaving now – its Closing Time!
Oh Joy! Not.
Personally, i still find it incredible that who-ever decides to have a rapid charger – indeed one-amazing-convenience-charger for electric car – ironically to be PAID by the travelling EV driver (yes, this charge was meant to cost me £5 – a fair amount unlike £7.50 SOME charging companies arbitrary charge EV Drivers) – oh yes, – have Closing Time.
I mean, its bad enough they are too few and far between but like “cinderella”, we – EV drivers are “allowed” to drive and charge our cars on all our #ev trips during day-time only. This was incredibly infuriating.
I went onto Council Website as well, to get FYI on this charger – who knows – maybe i missed the “opening hours bit”.
First, the news article, then i came across the Electric Car Charger [proud] announcement on Braintree Council website as well.
Nothing. There is Zero information about any opening or closing times. That explains why ChargeYourCar charging map was blank on that as well – There is missing information.
Simples. And Whodunnit? #badReporting and #badPolicy #notImpressed and indeed #veryDissapointed
So what happened to me?
Well’ first of all “interview” the parking attendant – who eventually was very kind enough to let me stay 21 minutes to get extra 37% range – yes, that is really poor and slow charging compared to Ecotricity’s Electric Highway – “hello 75A charging *speed*”.
They have said they have never seen an EV charging in that bay – even hearing that in 2015 – and yet somehow, i am not surprised.
I did charge just long enough as much as i was welcomed. I thanked the Parking Team, made my leave, as all the lights were switched off and multi-storey i was locked up. ouch. close car.
You know what else was close call? Well, my 61% charge apparently was not long enough to help me navigate the “hills of essex”. Nissan’s on board Navigation system classically chimed “you may not able to reach you destination” – home.
I re-routed to South Mimms – 55miles later – Thank you Ecotricity’s Electric Highway, – at least as long as it was online – yes it was.
AND – I arrived, barely, on “- – -” miles and with the warning message of “please find the nearest charging point…”
Jesus, Moses and Abraham, but i made it, rolling in to the glowing (and working) screen of ElecHighway’s ABT Charging Point.
I plugged in to find i had 3% of battery charge left. Wow. Close call indeed.
Getting home, that was another 7 miles. So A StarBucks coffee break, topped up and swiftly and finally made it home.
Boy I have had my heart-pumping adrenaline for a while now. I say #ev trips can be on hold for another week. phew.
Lesson to be learned? EV [especially range extending RAPID] Chargers MUST be ACCESSIBLE at ALL times. of DAY or NIGHT.
[Electric] Vehicles are a convenience, actually – a must sometimes and they are to be driven – guess what, – at convenience At ALL Times.
SourceLondon has a network of some 1300+ chargers in London and it is supposedly growing, – all very welcomed facts. But there is an issue, a serious Stick-in-wheels of progress, and that is the network’s charging points uptime.
This latter has been plaguing EV Drivers in London for some time now.
With some 25+% of the charging infrastructure down, The Issue with the charging network such as SourceLondon, especially following the takeover by the French group Bollore, is that it is not entirely clear who is still supporting the infrastructure. Who do EV Drivers need to contact to get charging issues resolved, as often, despite best attempts of contact and reporting issues, the chargers are left in disrepair for months.
Not all is gloom, as there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Things are changing.
Evidently not fast enough for the average EV Drivers, but there is hope. There is now a whole new, suffice to say, well-designed website and even an iOS and android app to go along that, but the LIVE status for these charging points is not (yet) guaranteed.
Total Trip Statistics: 315 miles, total cost = 0 (okay, a bit for tyres ..)
Hamilton 0700 – not charged since leaving the dealer the day before, just a normal car park.
Killington 0730 – took a while to work out how to operate the charger and then had an amusing “oh no, the car is broken” moment as I had turned it on while charging – disconnect the charger and it appears to be on but is not in “Ready to Drive” mode. You can take off the handbrake … and roll backwards with no drive, no power steering and no brakes … panic stabbing of the power button soon got me going 🙂 » Read the rest of this entry «
2016: “The government’s current air quality plan with respect to London is based on the very limited ambition of the previous mayor to tackle air pollution and isn’t enough to protect Londoners health,” said Khan. “I know from personal experience that the city’s air is damaging people’s health as I suffer from adult-onset asthma myself.”
Khan’s first major policy announcement after winning the mayoral election for Labour were new plans to tackle the capital’s air pollution. These include more than doubling the size of the planned Ultra Low Emission Zone.