[img] Messy way to charge your car: hope it’s a one-off. 

June 19th, 2016 § Comments Off on [img] Messy way to charge your car: hope it’s a one-off.  § permalink

Typically charges are well tested to get o confirm to well known and relied-upon standards. But the issue I experienced is not with he unit per se, but acceptable plug dimensions.

You see, in my, Twizy charging joy – plug comes straight out the charging port – there is “only one”, as you may say, yet it is sized tad bulkier than what the replaceable plugs you may find, say at the kettle unit. For durability: wear and tear purposes, the charging unit does not support it.

In my case; original twizy plug didn’t plug in all the way, due to the extra bulk on the [particularly] width of the charging plug. This in turn would not let the pod close. This, in turn would not initiate the charging cycle. #fail.Luckily, a fellow EV driver did mention the issue in the past (which went in one ear and out the other with me – sorry) not that it was very helpful at that very point even if I realise what’s pears and what’s apples at time.


Luck has it, my trusty and emergency extension lead. You never know… Sorted the trick. See “after” photos with the White plug. That sorted it.

But it did leave the twizy being on charge in a very peculiar state of “look-like”…a mess.

Anyways, little birdie tells me these charging units (pod point?) are OEL? Will confirm. I also see new simikar(upgraded units being fitted about town, replacing both faulty and other units (which I used in the past without a hiccup) due to a possible support contract re-negotiation with Bollore(Source London)

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Nissan Carwings APP Stats: Jan 2016 #EV #electricCar Miles travelled 500, electricity cost estimated £15 – typical cost of electric car “fuel”

February 14th, 2016 § Comments Off on Nissan Carwings APP Stats: Jan 2016 #EV #electricCar Miles travelled 500, electricity cost estimated £15 – typical cost of electric car “fuel” § permalink

Something I discovered in the update carwings aka Nissan Connect app lately.

It’s been a while since I have used it, due to faulty/buggy previous edition and reliance on third party apps to kick off that remote climate control.

It appears things have really turned about, first day use here, so more to be told on reliability of such update app, Nissan, and I do say “Re-Launched”, – I have however enjoy looking over the travel metrics – something which previous version lacked. 

All these electric miles, kWh consumption and Eco-driving statistics was/is available online, via the web portal, but was not, however in the app form. Now that this has all been combined, it’s handy, helpful and downright encouraging.

Example of our January Nissan Leaf Travels. 500 miles covered, some 150 odd kWh electricity used at cost of some £15 odd pounds. All handy statistics supposed to help budget, plan and improve on Eco driving. Kudos To Nissan.

Estimated Cost of driving our “Linda” in January   
Our driving stats for that month January 2016, our driving economy, and consumption outlined.

 
All in all, I welcome this update. 

Nissan Carwings APP Stats: Jan 2016 #EV Miles travelled 500, electricity cost estimated £15

February 14th, 2016 § Comments Off on Nissan Carwings APP Stats: Jan 2016 #EV Miles travelled 500, electricity cost estimated £15 § permalink

Something I discovered in the update carwings aka Nissan Connect app lately.

It’s been a while since I have used it, due to faulty/buggy previous edition and reliance on third party apps to kick off that remote climate control.

It appears things have really turned about, first day use here, so more to be told on reliability of such update app, Nissan, and I do say “Re-Launched”, – I have however enjoy looking over the travel metrics – something which previous version lacked. 

All these electric miles, kWh consumption and Eco-driving statistics was/is available online, via the web portal, but was not, however in the app form. Now that this has all been combined, it’s handy, helpful and downright encouraging.

Example of our January Nissan Leaf Travels. 500 miles covered, some 150 odd kWh electricity used at cost of some £15 odd pounds. All handy statistics supposed to help budget, plan and improve on Eco driving. Kudos To Nissan.

Estimated Cost of driving our “Linda” in January   
Our driving stats for that month January 2016, our driving economy, and consumption outlined.

 
All in all, I welcome this update. 

London Camden Charging Points no longer supported by SourceLondon/Bollore due to lack of agreement

June 1st, 2015 § Comments Off on London Camden Charging Points no longer supported by SourceLondon/Bollore due to lack of agreement § permalink

CamdenCharger3_ID Much like any other #ev Londoner, if there is such a thing, we can certainly come across charging points in London. The one closest to me, for example exhibits an intermittent fault.
This time, it would not recognise the RFID.CamdenCharger2_FaultyRFID CamdenCharger Irony in Camden. SourceLondon Charger not working. via @Evmeerkat

Since it was a weekend, and i am pretty sure that Source London offices are not open on such “occasions”, i have taken enough snaps for sharing on twitter via @evmeerkat, with a plan to report this fault later, like on the day like… today.

Speaking of SOURCELONDON, they Customer Service number has now also changed from 0845 850 0653 to 0203 056 8989, which should be a welcome chance, as this number is usually part of your “inclusive” landline minutes that you would get on your mobile phone.

Back to the subject matter, once on the phone, a french accented lady has informed me that this particular point, by hampstead heath is in Camden, first reported faulty in November 2014. As indeed it is. Further prompt to elaborate on the fact, i was advised that SourceLondon NO LONGER SUPPORTS the Charging Points in Camden Borough, The Only Borough in London with such, in my view, EV FAIL.

All support ceased back in January/February 2015, this is when, i believe SOURCELONDON, taken-over by the French Group Bollore, held such negotiations on support contract extensions.

As the Mere EV Driver. We are evidently screwed.
Wish to Vent your frustration, be my guest.

For now, you are welcomed to get more response from Camden Mayor/Council, because my request for more information fall on deaf ears so far :/

Irony on a Scale

While, This “issue” is/long time persistent, Camden Council appears to have changed very little of it’s policy…i.e. get those points fixed/agreements extended and indeed invariably reduce emissions in it’s own borough. Whatever the reasoning behind this, it’s at quite some odds with it’s own policy, or at least what i can read, today, on Camden Council Official gov site.

CamdenCouncilGreenPolicySite

 

The story, saga rather, with all-but-few working Electric Vehicle Chargers in Camden Continues, despite being first reported back in February 2015, which, at it’s best, highlights the poor management and lack of foresight in Camden Council. “There to serve it’s people”… is typically what councils are for. Ironically, no longer true. Not at this rate anyway.

FT_CamdenChargingWoes_Feb2015

All the moaning, but “what can I do”

Much like myself, Get in Touch with the Mayor! Here are all the details

Address Civic Floor CamdenTown Hall Judd Street London WC1H 9JE

Email Send an enquiry
Website www.camden.gov.uk/mayor
Phone 020 7974 2727
Fax 020 7974 5881
Details : Mayor 2014-15 Councillor Lazzaro Pietragnoli, Deputy Mayor Councillor Larraine Revah. The Mayor’s Office provides specialist administrative, project and event management support and advice to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

Wireless #Twizy #Taqsi Sound Speaker Upgrade solution &works from my laptop’s USB. Does Say 6W …x2

May 5th, 2015 § Comments Off on Wireless #Twizy #Taqsi Sound Speaker Upgrade solution &works from my laptop’s USB. Does Say 6W …x2 § permalink

So everything is now delivered.

#taqsi #twizy sound system kit by #evmeerkat

#taqsi #twizy sound system kit with bits and pieces for quick DYI job – no soldering or hacking necessary. by #evmeerkat

 

Unpacked, plugged it all in for the dry-run by my laptop and voila. works like a charm.
#TAQSI Research pays dividends.
I did waste some that near £3, for hopeful 3.5mm splitter which came faulty and actually unnecessary

(i also suspect playback from bluetooth is one-channel only)

Nevertheless. Sound comes out quite good. Will try capture playback on video, which are notoriously bad for any audio sound benchmarking anyway. what can i say, every lil helps i suppose.
Have a look at the pretty snaps – made it myself and playback is quite neat too.
It does say that its a 6W for each of these pink-shiny Music Angels

 

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The Sorry State of SourceLondon Charging Network but Uptime is reported to improve soon.

November 25th, 2014 § Comments Off on The Sorry State of SourceLondon Charging Network but Uptime is reported to improve soon. § permalink

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.

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Open Letter to Source London Charging Network, pleading to improve reliability and support for EV Drivers

March 24th, 2014 § Comments Off on Open Letter to Source London Charging Network, pleading to improve reliability and support for EV Drivers § permalink

There are many reasons why charging should remain Free.
Starting with Green Credential Promo and not ending with Cleaner Quality of Air for all to enjoy. But while bulk cash investments to drive the number of points may prove like a great idea ( and it is), it’s important to note the most important factor of those charging points to the a regular Electric Car Driver, – much like Petrol Station to a ICE Driver, – RELIABILITY.

Otherwise we may as well pack things in now, and prepare the tow trucks.

Here is a recent letter from our Reader @estikat, on 24rth March 2014, to Source London Scheme enquiries, London, UK.

To Whom it may concern,

I am a regular user of the Source London charge points in the
Lincoln’s Inn Fields area as I work at the London School of Economics,
and last week (I believe it was), I reported the fast charge point on
Lincoln’s Inn Fields to be faulty. I was told it would need to be
reset remotely and an engineer would be sent out within 24 hours, and
I would be emailed once it was fixed. I’m still waiting for this
email. The problem with this charger is that all appears to be fine,
but a few seconds after connecting, charging ceases and the error
message “charging temp suspended” comes up on screen. From afar, all
seems fine as the post still glows green. I have since seen cars
plugged in to this charge point and probably completely unaware their
car is not actually charging (and I was nosey enough to check the pod
screen to see the same error message is there). The standard charge
side appears to be working fine, but when I only have 4 hours to
charge from empty I much prefer to plug into the fast charge side.

This morning I arrived at work with only 9 miles left, so urgently
needed to charge. I chose not to drive to Lincoln’s Inn (the nearest
charge point to my office) as I needed to fast charge and couldn’t
afford to take the risk. Instead, I went to the charge points by
Temple Station, as I felt I should be fine with 6 points to choose
from (3 of each).

I noticed one is faulty anyway as it was glowing red. I was very
surprised to find the first one which popped open (ID 300 10267) which
is labelled as a 7kw charger was in fact a standard 3 pin 13A socket.
I tried my card again to get to the other socket which actually was a
7kw charger. However, about 30 seconds in, the message “charging temp
suspended” came up, post still glowing green. It was lucky I checked
otherwise I may have returned 4 hours later to find my battery almost
empty, and due to the parking restrictions I wouldn’t have been able
to try my luck with one of the other points.

Luckily, the next fast charge point I tried (the next one along) was
in perfect working order. However, charge point 300 10268 claims to be
charging a vehicle, yet nothing is plugged in there.

I keep finding problems like this, and I don’t have the time (nor the
money) to keep phoning your call centre on an 0845 number to keep
reporting issues, and I’m sure many others using these points don’t
either. I’m also surprised to find that Source London does not have a
Twitter account, as this would make reporting far easier! It is quite
infuriating that as I rely on these public charge points as I don’t
have home charging to keep finding so many are faulty.

I look forward to hearing back from you on this matter, and I hope the
fast charge point on Lincoln’s Inn and the points by Temple are fixed
very shortly.

Regards,
Esti

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