Mileage so far?

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Minky92
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nyx wrote: Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:25 am
Minky92 wrote: Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:50 pm 12,816 miles since September 2020. Many more road trips and long journeys up and down the UK than I'd planned for.
Has the Honda been OK for that despite the range?
Completely fine yeah. Obviously for journeys of 90+ miles you have to strategize a bit, but I've never once run out of power. I think if anything it makes travel more interesting. Super comfy, wonderful to drive, plenty to keep you occupied on charge stops, turns lots of heads... It breaks up the monotony and gets you to rest and explore a bit more, I love it.

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Almost 19000km from November 2020. All city driving.
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Wow!
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1880 miles since last September.
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Minky92 wrote: Tue Sep 28, 2021 4:02 pm
nyx wrote: Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:25 am
Minky92 wrote: Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:50 pm 12,816 miles since September 2020. Many more road trips and long journeys up and down the UK than I'd planned for.
Has the Honda been OK for that despite the range?
Completely fine yeah. Obviously for journeys of 90+ miles you have to strategize a bit, but I've never once run out of power. I think if anything it makes travel more interesting. Super comfy, wonderful to drive, plenty to keep you occupied on charge stops, turns lots of heads... It breaks up the monotony and gets you to rest and explore a bit more, I love it.
Thanks! Sounds like a great attitude :) I have found myself actually missing the charge stops from when we rented an EV so I hope I can still appreciate it when I’ve had the Honda for a while. (Ordered and waiting for delivery.)
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I would like to feel more positive about long journeys - is the strategy to research charge points carefully or to only use a known charge network or trust to the gods of fate? Do you have a lot of apps and/or RFID cards?
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SuperRocket61 wrote: Thu Sep 30, 2021 9:01 am I would like to feel more positive about long journeys - is the strategy to research charge points carefully or to only use a known charge network or trust to the gods of fate? Do you have a lot of apps and/or RFID cards?
I'm sure there are people who've done a load more than me, but to date my kit has been ZapMap (both for research and updates for planned stopping points on the way) and a contactless card. I do have back-up RFID cards for Shell (as that too covers Ionity as an expensive backup option) and Instavolt (although I've never needed it). I do have apps for all the major networks, but again so far only used the Instavolt one in anger, when the contactless unit was broken, and I used the app to confirm the connection.

I tend toward using the Gridserve (the newish replacement units for Ecotricity on the motorway) and Instavolt in general, but I've used the Shell Recharge units and the newer BP Pulse ones too, but both very much second choices. I also tend towards looking at 80-90 mile stages between charging, as they gives *loads* of spare capacity if I need to re-route to another option if I turn up and everything is dead at my intended stop (so far, this has never happened, but I realise that it could).
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A mere 2,132 miles since September 2020. And this time last week, it would have been only 1,520.
I have just returned from a longish trip, and the charging experiences ranged from flawless to woeful.
On two occasions, the sole charge point was occupied by a fully charged vehicle whose owner had gone off to do something more interesting than freeing up the device for someone else to use. It would be wonderful if, when 100% was reached, the charging device unlocked from the vehicle!
I love the e, but will not be taking it on longer trips in future.
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tim.uk wrote: Fri Oct 01, 2021 8:40 am A mere 2,132 miles since September 2020. And this time last week, it would have been only 1,520.
I have just returned from a longish trip, and the charging experiences ranged from flawless to woeful.
On two occasions, the sole charge point was occupied by a fully charged vehicle whose owner had gone off to do something more interesting than freeing up the device for someone else to use. It would be wonderful if, when 100% was reached, the charging device unlocked from the vehicle!
I love the e, but will not be taking it on longer trips in future.
That would be a real pet hate for me, turning up to a charger in need to charge only to find someone has left their car plugged in, fully charged and they are nowhere to be seen.
I guess this could happen more and more as EV's become more popular, especially around shopping centres etc.
I did read that the very high speed chargers charge something like a £10 surcharge if you over stay, perhaps something similar is needed in the future for lower powered chargers, or perhaps if overstayed, the charger invokes spontaneous combustion of the vehicle!
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FMIB wrote: Fri Oct 01, 2021 11:39 am
tim.uk wrote: Fri Oct 01, 2021 8:40 am A mere 2,132 miles since September 2020. And this time last week, it would have been only 1,520.
I have just returned from a longish trip, and the charging experiences ranged from flawless to woeful.
On two occasions, the sole charge point was occupied by a fully charged vehicle whose owner had gone off to do something more interesting than freeing up the device for someone else to use. It would be wonderful if, when 100% was reached, the charging device unlocked from the vehicle!
I love the e, but will not be taking it on longer trips in future.
That would be a real pet hate for me, turning up to a charger in need to charge only to find someone has left their car plugged in, fully charged and they are nowhere to be seen.
I guess this could happen more and more as EV's become more popular, especially around shopping centres etc.
I did read that the very high speed chargers charge something like a £10 surcharge if you over stay, perhaps something similar is needed in the future for lower powered chargers, or perhaps if overstayed, the charger invokes spontaneous combustion of the vehicle!
It'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.
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