Can you definitely use a 22kW type2 whilst either Chademo/CCS are in use on a rapid?ZoeDave wrote: ↑Fri Oct 01, 2021 11:03 pmIt's unfortunately normal. Last week I had to spend the week in Leicester for a training course (I live in the outskirts of London). Travelling up in my Zoe was fine, but could I get a charge there? -redacted- no! Twice all the Tesco chargers were taken, an on the last chance I went to a Lidl and the one rapid AC was locked to a Kangoo ZE without a single electron flowing. A friendly DPD driver arriving for the CCS told me that the van was always hogging the charger. I thought it was fine, and then found out the hard way that the AC rapids had been removed from the service stations on the way home. The result was a limp to a Tesco, a long charge, and then another for 45min at a deserted car park on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, allowing me to get home while navigating around the angry queues for petrol.
I hope to pick up my e tomorrow, and my main takeaways are:
1. CCS will be brilliant. Range was the main reason I hesitated to order an e but CCS would have allowed me to charge at both the Lidl and any Motorway services along the way.
2. I don't think that enough thought is put into what chargers are installed into any particular location. Only putting 7 kW points into a supermarket car park, unless you are working there for an 8 hour shift, seems close to pointless, while many hotels and other places where you will spend 4+ hours lack even a 3-point plug.
I believe that the 7kW chargers at supermarkets are perfectly adequate because a big shop will take about an hour & on the Honda that'll be a 25% charge, even 30 mins should provide an additional 10-15 miles range.