Twizy Travel: 2 people, 2 suitcase, 1 bag, 1 twizy #electricCar #ev ride #commute #london

June 4th, 2016 § Comments Off on Twizy Travel: 2 people, 2 suitcase, 1 bag, 1 twizy #electricCar #ev ride #commute #london § permalink

Who said you can go for a quick weekender in a #twizy…

Ok, so we had to get from A to B really, but with 45odd mile range I’d get on my Renault twizy, you can see the convenience,(or not and I won’t blame you) of the ride, vs public transport lugging all this and change several times along the way. And Before you ask: No, I don’t have another car at the moment. So twizy or train&tube&bus.

Cost of this travel option: £1 in electricity.

Cost of would be alternative public travel for two people would be £20 (+ time inconvenience)

Uber equivalent would be £50

—- so, can #twizy holiday be done?

 Yes —-

Would I do it again? 

Not really – my i3 delivery is nearly upon us. 🙂

Own a #Twizy #EV? join the club! London Twizy Club for all the rides about town + QnA https://goo.gl/OtxaRn

August 10th, 2015 § Comments Off on Own a #Twizy #EV? join the club! London Twizy Club for all the rides about town + QnA https://goo.gl/OtxaRn § permalink

Well, this deemed to happen sooner or later.

I see there are a few of us in London Town, but i don’t know anyone with a twizy (naturally rare species)

Besides its about time Twizy owners/Riders had a catch up in Town, Sunday Lunch perhaps?

This should be quite a spectacle! PS Anyone up for being an EVDA-UK #TWIZY Rep?

Here is the Facebook Group, and all Twizy owners are welcomed to join!

Snap and upload photos, share know-how and arrange meetups, with your facebook app convenience…

ermm: Amazon Japan starts selling electric cars

April 1st, 2015 § Comments Off on ermm: Amazon Japan starts selling electric cars § permalink

First (Other OTC: FSTC – news) it was books, then household products; now you can buy an electric car from online shopping giant Amazon.
The Japanese unit of German auto giant BMW (Swiss: BMW.SW – news) on Wednesday started selling its i3 electric models on Amazon.co.jp
The high-end automaker’s small electric vehicle has been popular in European and North American markets, but BMW Japan wants to find more customers through the online retailer, a spokesman said in Tokyo.
“We have 46 dealers (which sell the electric model) in Japan, but we hope this e-selling will cover the entire market more thoroughly,” the spokesman said. » Read the rest of this entry «

An #EV Drive to [The #EV hole of] Essex… for the very last time [READ]

March 15th, 2015 § Comments Off on An #EV Drive to [The #EV hole of] Essex… for the very last time [READ] § permalink

You know when you plan your trim in your electric car, presumably, you Do have an electric car and you Do drive distances….

It’s the usual places, Zap-Map, Electric Highway maps, just to ensure you Do have the charging facility at your destination?

Well, i did too. And my route, from London’s Brent Cross to Braintree basically shows One RapidCharging point,ChargeYourCar Essex which i can really use – at the Destination – By ChargeYourCar. (George Yard Car Park
Pierrefitte Way, Braintree, CM7 1RB)

 

The Route

google_route

 

google_map_route 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!”.

Zap-Map

So, we’re set for a roadtrip!

ChargeYourCar_Essex

ChargeYourCar Map

Annoying thing: there is no information about opening or closing time.

 

CYC_1 CYC_2

 

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. Electric Car Charger in Braintree

Braintree Council EV News

 

 

 

 

 

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…”

CYC Braintree charger its 2 bars! at Braintree. this is taking aaaages, 21 minutes and counting..  We're done. Thank you Ecotricity Time to leave Braintree CYC rapid charger made it to Electric Highway on South Mimms OMG i made it CYC Charger

Jesus, Moses and Abraham, but i made it, rolling in to the glowing (and working) screen of ElecHighway’s ABT Charging Point.

Horray!

I plugged in to find i had 3% of battery charge left. Wow. Close call indeed.

Made it with 3% battery charge remaining

 

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.

More and Merrier: M4 Green Park Supercharger is Now Open

October 2nd, 2014 § Comments Off on More and Merrier: M4 Green Park Supercharger is Now Open § permalink

Incredibly Fast, Always Free Once Supercharger Enabled
Supercharging is free for the life of Model S, once the Supercharger option is enabled. In as little as 20mins half the capacity of Model S can be recharged, and Superchargers are strategically located – providing a greater choice for journey planning. Green Park is the first route enabler located along the M4 corridor supporting return trips between London and Bristol, with more coming soon facilitating inner-city, long distance travel and convenience charging for free, for life.

The planet’s fastest charging station is now just a road trip away. We are excited to announce our sixth Supercharger is now open.

M4 Green Park Supercharger

250 S Oak Way,

Reading, RG2 6UG, UK

4

Charging Stalls

24 hrs/day

Hello Scotland: Edinburgh Airport Supercharger is Now Open

October 1st, 2014 § Comments Off on Hello Scotland: Edinburgh Airport Supercharger is Now Open § permalink

Incredibly Fast, Always Free Once Supercharger Enabled

Supercharging is free for the life of Model S, once the Supercharger option is enabled. In as little as 20mins half the capacity of Model S can be recharged, and Superchargers are strategically located – providing a greater choice for journey planning. It is the fifth live Supercharger in the UK, with more coming soon, supporting both inner-city, long distance travel and convenience charging for free, for life.

Address:

Edinburgh Airport, Scotland, EH12 9DN
2 Charging Stalls
24 hrs/day

Tesla’s fourth SuperCharger is now open at Canary Wharf!

September 10th, 2014 § Comments Off on Tesla’s fourth SuperCharger is now open at Canary Wharf! § permalink

Canary Wharf Supercharger
Canada Square Car Park
(Level P2)
Montgomery Street,
Canary Wharf,
London, E14 5EW

We are excited to announce the opening of our next Supercharger located in Canary Wharf, London. The new Supercharger adds convenience for owners enjoying the shopping and other facilities at Canary Wharf, and for those travelling around the city and beyond. It is the fourth live Supercharger station in the UK, with more coming soon, supporting both inner-city, long distance travel and convenience charging for free, for life.

Tesla’s fourth SuperCharger is now open at Canary Wharf!

August 28th, 2014 § Comments Off on Tesla’s fourth SuperCharger is now open at Canary Wharf! § permalink

Canary Wharf Supercharger
Canada Square Car Park
(Level P2)
Montgomery Street,
Canary Wharf,
London, E14 5EW

We are excited to announce the opening of our next Supercharger located in Canary Wharf, London. The new Supercharger adds convenience for owners enjoying the shopping and other facilities at Canary Wharf, and for those travelling around the city and beyond. It is the fourth live Supercharger station in the UK, with more coming soon, supporting both inner-city, long distance travel and convenience charging for free, for life.

Japanese carmakers unite for universal EV charging network

June 10th, 2014 § Comments Off on Japanese carmakers unite for universal EV charging network § permalink

Over to Japan now, where the country’s motoring giants; Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi are launching a new initiative to expand the number of electric car charging points in the country.

The four motoring giants are jointly establishing a new company called Nippon Charge Service to promote the installation of charging facilities for electric cars, which will be accessible through the use of a single charging card.

Through the new company, the firms will subsidise the cost of installation of new charging facilities, and combined with government grants, will successfully cover the entire cost for relevant applicants.

Back in November, the firms first announced their intention to assist with charging point costs and began inviting businesses to bid for funding. » Read the rest of this entry «

Tesla news: 100th Supercharger is now open!

May 26th, 2014 § Comments Off on Tesla news: 100th Supercharger is now open! § permalink

There are now over 100 Supercharger stations globally – 86 in North America, 17 in Europe, and two in China. Number 100 was another milestone in the rapid expansion of Tesla’s Supercharger network, making it possible for Model S owners to drive long-distance, for free, for life.

At a Supercharger, Model S can get up to half a charge of range back in as little as 20 minutes without having to pay anything for fuel (or, now that we mention it, electricity). And it all comes with the convenience of simply plugging in.

We’re building a multi-national network that will ultimately mean drivers will never be more than 100 miles/160 kilometres from a Supercharger. Today’s network already supports road trips on well-travelled routes throughout Europe, and coupled with rapid growth throughout 2014, we’ll more than double our charging infrastructure in Europe by the end of this year. Globally, Model S drivers have already charged enough at Superchargers to circle the globe 573 times.

Check out our new dynamic network map that can help you find stations throughout Europe.

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