So I finally got to go to my local Tesco and plug-in while shopping.
I think it's great these are becoming more common. You'll never have to worry about range for urban / suburban driving if you can conveniently plug-in and charge at whatever destination you're going to.
First time I've ever seen a car using those.
Are you paying for the charges yet?
Suppose it's good for business as e-cars? owners will probably go there for their shopping.
Cool one charging point!
There's actually two there I think.
Compared to the 16 at the petrol station 100 metres away, which fill the cars quicker and for an actually practical range...
Be quite a long time before it becomes even slightly common in forecourts
€10,000 to put the charge point in, €1,400 a year maintenance contract and the loss of valuable forecourt space to a area that will be used VERY rarely.
Its not even a consideration for a normal station, economic madness to put one in.
In ten years or whatever years it take to have 5% of the cars electric then maybe.
Cool two charging points!
Supply and demand I suppose. Sadly we will be reliant on these soon!
The current Nissan Leaf can't use it, The Leaf's AC port only supports 220volt, 16 amp on a single phase. But the Renault Fluence ZE supports 32 amps on 3 phases, which all on street charging posts the ESB install support. So a Fluence ZE owner could go from 0% to 100% in 1 hour on the same charging post. More useful for Renault EV owners, but I won't say no to a few electrons wherever I can get them.
Right now they're free and the ports open when you pass your RFID card over them. I'm told eventually the electricity you use from on street chargers will end up on your electricity bill. Free until the middle of next year the ESB keep telling us
Interesting, hopefully they restrict those spaces to only electric cars and only those being charged.
They're at almost the furthest extent of the site, over beside the glass/alu/clothes recycling area (which has its own pull in bay) and McDonalds (which has its own car park). And due to there being about 1400 spaces and all free, its highly unlikely a non electric car would ever have need to park there.
The spaces were empty any time I was down in the days before Christmas, for instance - despite there being queues to try and park in the covered area!
Am I getting this correct;
there isnt a standard universal recharging fitting for Electric Cars?
Thats a joke and a huge issue if true
I wondered about that. Bizzare, especially since Nissan are longtime partners with Renault.
For "longtime partners", substitute "heavily owned and controlled by"
Maybe the Leaf can have a special cable that only uses one of the phases from the 3 phase charging points?