Trip to Scotney Castle (National Trust)

September 10th, 2012 Comments Off on Trip to Scotney Castle (National Trust)

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I hope this postCharge Your Car network completes 100,000 EV charges in UK. Read more ... » will not deter you from EV#electricCar Travel to Netherlands. FastNed Network. Read more ... » OwnershipCold weather snap? Well, here are few snaps of #ev in the #snow blanket. Don't worry, #charger wasn't frozen to it.. Read more ... »(leaseNice one: 15 year leases granted for electric charging points. Read more ... »), as i intend to be as frank as possible about my experience#electricCar Travel to Netherlands. FastNed Network. Read more ... » with my cZero#electricCar Travel to Netherlands. FastNed Network. Read more ... » electric#electricCar Travel to Netherlands. FastNed Network. Read more ... » vehiclePOD POINT: A mobile phone and a charging point is all you need to charge your car. Read more ... » (EV).

Our far away familyMy Year with ElectricCar Citroen CZERO - www.evmeerkat.com - ElectricVehicle User Experience. Read more ... » cousin is visiting us from Down Under, and we thought it would be somewhat appropriate to spend Sunday vising English Castles, parkland and gardens, whether its a tourist thing or a heritage, – it was a beautiful dayAn #EV Drive to [The #EV hole of] Essex... for the very last time [READ]. Read more ... ».

On Full Charge#electricCar Travel to Netherlands. FastNed Network. Read more ... », We set off, en-route, from Brent CrossBrent South Retail Park has Fast 32A 7KW Charging Location. Thanks!. Read more ... », via Central LondonCouncil ask where to install more electric car charging points. Read more ... », Streatham, M25UK: Motorways to have charging stations for electric cars to encourage more people to switch to battery-powered vehicles. Read more ... », A21, all the way to Scotney CastleTrip One: Southend-on-sea. EV Conquered. Read more ... ».

Naturally, I planned the trip#electricCar Travel to Netherlands. FastNed Network. Read more ... » in stages…

Leg one: Brent Cross to M25 Clacket MotorwayAnd so its done: Tesla settles legal dispute with Ecotricity to put its Superchargers on UK Motorways. Read more ... » ServicesUPDATED: Citroen Czero #ev lease is up, inspected, now to be ...flatbed collected. So what's this on the invoice?.... Read more ... » (RapidLondon To Peak District Trip coming up: 320 Miles Return trip. Saving of £40 in fuel costs. 4 return pit stops(rapid charges) Cost:Free. Read more ... » ChargingPOD POINT: A mobile phone and a charging point is all you need to charge your car. Read more ... » StationCheapest small #EV lease: Citroen C Zero Special 159+vat/m Offer. Read more ... »).

This is some 35 milesOn Hold: London to Amsterdam by #EV #electricCar #green "Proof of Concept". Oh Brave #evMeerkatTrip Leg 1&2. Read more ... » but motorway and hills can eat up some charge, hence on arrival to Clacket Motorway ServicesVideo: #Rapid #Charging setup for #EV at J23 on m25! Can charge battery to 100%!. Read more ... » with some 40% charge remaining.

Typically, as tested, full charge will deliver some 75-85 miles depending on terrain and drivingFIXED:How much can electric car save me on Fuel Economy. Fuel vs Electricity Calculator. UK. Read more ... » style. We had to opt for higher speeds and uphill at times on M25, so this resulted in poor-er than usual performanceWinter Range: Citroen cZero Electric Car and the Heating Issue. Read more ... ». Nonetheless the pitstop itself and locationUK Electric Car Charging: Public charging points in West Sussex. Read more ... » – very timely and Convenient.

Arrival to Clacket Motorway Services (Rapid ChargingGood News Manchester: Charging ahead with electric infrastructure. Read more ... » Station), we found the electric bay frequently usedUK GOV: ...Strategy setting out our vision for recharging infrastructure in the UK... #ev #electricCar #plugin #charging. Read more ... » and abused by non-ev users. Despite consideration for clear marking, we found a car#electricCar Travel to Netherlands. FastNed Network. Read more ... » parked in well marked EV bay, on arrival. We wont mention if we found out who it was 😉

I reversed into second bay and will have to mention that it didn##Q##t take longLow Carbon London : Free Home #ElectricCar Charging Unit installation: Result!. Read more ... » to figure out how to usePOD POINT: A mobile phone and a charging point is all you need to charge your car. Read more ... » this Rapid Charging facilityApple hires Tesla's top self driving engineer for rival electric car project. Read more ... ».

This was great, – specify how many minutes charging you require or “KW limit” to charge until, and away it goes. Very VERY impressive. We barely had a loo breakUK: Ecotricity expanding clean-energy, fast-charging network for #ElectricCar Electric Car with Nissan. Read more ... », some nosh, and a quick chat with the Duty Manager, Paul about the EV Charging/use, that the Charging was complete.

Paul was very helpful and friendly and insisted that we were the “The only and likely to be the first person to use this charging stationFast charging. 7kw, 32A charging cable option. Read more ... ». I have never seen anyone use it even once” . I guess it speaks for itself, we were indeed amused. nonetheless, as impressed as we were with this gear, we were fully topped up and ready to go on.

Leg 2Nissan Installs Europe’s 1,000th 30-Minute Electric Car Charger (in UK). Read more ... »: Clacket Motorway Services (Rapid Charging Station) – Scotney Castle.

With 80% (anticipated) charge (its a limitation) and some 30 odd miles later (or thereabout) – we reached Scotney Castle! Needless to say, the “mega”-hills we had to dealSo what's the update with citroen electric car cheeky collection fees?. Read more ... » with, three or four of them in fact en-route to Scotney Castle were quite ruthless to our charge.

With 3Pod Point offers UK’s first lease option of #electricCar Charging Pods . Read more ... » adults on board, and 3-4First carbon-zero taxi service hits UK roads. Read more ... » uphill struggles, where i had to exceed “economy” modeEco-Cars.net: Getting the best range in electric cars. Read more ... » and press on (by the way, when it delivers, – it delivers!) – we reached the castle grounds and car parkUK Electric Car Charging: Public charging points in West Sussex. Read more ... » with some 30% charge (its quite poor), ComputerApple hires Tesla's top self driving engineer for rival electric car project. Read more ... » said yes to 31miles of “similar driving profile”, so basically this meant we could* and maybe could not* get back to M25 Clacket Services, and so needed some “top-up” locally.

Once again, we were accommodated by the friendly lovely staff and management at Scotney Castle, who make use of electric carts and indeed have outdoor 13A plain plugs, – yey! I managed to park up close to the building and slow*Thinks* Source London use Slow/1-phase fast/3-phase and rapid charging (400v) too liberally causing mixup and confusion http://tinyurl.com/source1ondon. Read more ... »-charge the car while we were visiting the castle, grounds and parkland! It was seriously a beautiful day – see the pictures.

Return trip

Now the return journeyBoth Birmingham and Liverpool airports join Electric Highway. Read more ... », that was quite somethingWhere to charge my #EV Electric car. The Maps & Membership options. Read More.. Read more ... ».

We leftIts #2013: Second #Upgraded spec #EV (s) are coming to the market. Lookout for deals! #ElectricVehicle #Green. Read more ... » Scotney castle with some 60% odd charge, with car computer reporting some 53 miles “to go”. This is typically enough … to some convenient charging pointPOD POINT: A mobile phone and a charging point is all you need to charge your car. Read more ... » pit stop once back in london.

Ended up planning for Scotney CastleM25 Clacket ServiceIf London M25 Orbital had #ElectricCar rapid #charging at every Service Station - #EV sales would soar. Can't wait.. Read more ... » once again. This would deliver enough juice to get back homeUK GOV: ...Strategy setting out our vision for recharging infrastructure in the UK... #ev #electricCar #plugin #charging. Read more ... » and in a good#electricCar Travel to Netherlands. FastNed Network. Read more ... » time#electricCar Travel to Netherlands. FastNed Network. Read more ... ».

Needless to say, ideal plan never works out, and we made a crucial mistake of taking the Wrong Turn, which sent us back to near Scotney Castle!!! Wasting some 30 miles for this return-waste-trip.

Again, i wont point fingers, alas user#electricCar Travel to Netherlands. FastNed Network. Read more ... » error happens.

Sitting at the edge of the seat, doing the best “ecoTrip One: Southend-on-sea. EV Conquered. Read more ... »” miles at 45mph uphill on the A road or even motorway while everyone zooms by is sad enough, although needlessly exciting.

Now with 7Extra charging points for electric vehicles in Fife. Read more ... » miles left on the charge clock and flashing batterySamsung shows off electric car battery that gives a 310 mile range on a 20 minute charge. Read more ... » icon, we arrived at the Clockwise part of the Clacket Services and found out not-so-terrific newsAnd so its done: Tesla settles legal dispute with Ecotricity to put its Superchargers on UK Motorways. Read more ... » that there is NO second Rapid Charging unit installed on siteShanghai: Electric car owners are switching on to personal charging systems. Read more ... » in itself should have made me cry, (promise i didnt).

Luckily, having spoken to yet another member of friendly and helpful staff, we were allowed to use the service bridge (PHEW!) which brought us to our original Charging PointBoth Birmingham and Liverpool airports join Electric Highway. Read more ... » facility we used earlier on the day.

It was quite an exciting prospect to be “charged up” and on the way in the matter of minutes, – i longed for that coffee and muffin break at the end of this, what appeared to become Close-Encounter first hand, when EV is out of juice.

To our great horror, EnGenie Charging Facility, had a red on the plugMini feat. Fast* 7kw 32A charging cable J1772 at lower prices, from £180. Read more ... »-charge, and screen “OUT OF ORDER”.

🙁 i didnt know how to feel about this episode. honest. i admit i was being somewhat evangelical about this EV migration and pushing it to the limit didnt even get close, as we typically were (and luckily) accomodated on all ends of the travelNew electric car club in Stratford is first of its kind in UK. Read more ... » trail.

But finding station, and that, cruicial charge station as such, out of order literally takes the biscuit frankly. Never mind the fact that there is only 1Siemens delivers EV infrastructure packages in South Tyneside and Dorset. Read more ... » of those for a LONG miles around, there is only One of those at Clacket Services (either way), – i found out first hand, what its like to be stranded in the full sense of the EV Pessimistic views – “what happens if battery runs out”. There is no support. You##Q##re on your own.

We are lucky to discover (calmy at that) the Citroen#electricCar Travel to Netherlands. FastNed Network. Read more ... » Assist, which is located on the Citroen Dashboard, who were helpful to book us in for the freeMy Year with ElectricCar Citroen CZERO - www.evmeerkat.com - ElectricVehicle User Experience. Read more ... » recovery home. 60-90 minutes Later, granted, AAUK: Motorways to have charging stations for electric cars to encourage more people to switch to battery-powered vehicles. Read more ... » vehicle recovery turned up and we got home in the nick of time.

 

Lessons learned?

Firstly, Rapid Charging StationsZeroNet: Best Western Best for Charging in UK. Read more ... ». Ensure if you rely on those (emergency alike) – you find out if they are working first

Try ascertain and/or secure charging at the remoteMore rapid chargers coming to Northumberland. Read more ... » location you##Q##re visiting. That##Q##s a must.

Be friendly. People who offerChargemaster confirms free wallbox offer to continue. Read more ... » free charging, – dont have to. So friendly and polite is the way to go.

Having got E-Juice from NationalPreparing for the first "Big Trip". Read more ... » Trust – we are truly helpful for their support and understanding.

Similarly to all staff at Clacket Lane#charged (83%) in 18mins (from 7%) at Clacket Lane. Driven to N Finchley. 47mile #trip - 15 miles showing left http://t.co/XS2Fqi3a7u. Read more ... » Services. They did their best to get us working, even to the point of allowing us use their 13A sockets outside (despite them being offline).

And finally,

Dont Stop and Dont give up.

Boldly go where no other ev user has reached before 😀

PS*Thinks* Source London use Slow/1-phase fast/3-phase and rapid charging (400v) too liberally causing mixup and confusion http://tinyurl.com/source1ondon. Read more ... »:note to self: Get A FastSo what's the update with citroen electric car cheeky collection fees?. Read more ... » Charging 32AFast charging. 7kw, 32A charging cable option. Read more ... » cableUK: Motorways to have charging stations for electric cars to encourage more people to switch to battery-powered vehicles. Read more ... » and go to BrightonErm, good luck: Southern goes electric – encouraging car park users to plug in while they take the train. Read more ... » next.

 

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stranded... and now loaded onto AA recovery vehicle

not much left here...

 

 

main reason for the trip

 

3-pin Charging Facility will do

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