EV charger points not keeping up with Electric Vehicle ever expanding capabilities

going through ht emountains was an education to the pros and cons of an EV. the fact that i seems to be watching the range read out so much showed i was suffering from the dreaded range anxiety. but the car was fine! Snowdon in the back-ground

Going through the mountains was an education to the pros and cons of an EV. The fact that I seemed to be watching the range readout so much that I showed I was suffering from the dreaded range anxiety. But the car was fine! Snowdon in the back-ground and the Renault Zoe 40 in the foreground

Yesterday I got to play with the latest generation of 200 mile plus of affordable electric vehicles. Namely the new Renault Zoe 40 (40 referring to the KWh size of the battery storage) This year will see the next generation of electric vehicles coming out. We are now moving to vehicles which could cross Wales North to South (ish) I was undertaking a trial with the BBC Wales news demonstrating the lack of fast chargers in the middle of Wales. The National Trust are doing their bit with 32 amp (7kw) medium chargers but this is both to support our conservation work in terms of encouraging people to consider lower carbon transport but also to offer a new service at our visitor properties and quite a few beaches around Wales. A couple of strategically positioned rapid chargers in the middle of Wales would get rid of the ...ish bit in terms of driving from North to South but at up to £10k each this is an infrastructural decision to be taken by a local authority or a Utility company. Thanks to Renault Cars and the ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign I got to try out one of these 200 mile vehicles from home to Llanerchaeron in Ceredigion (110 miles from home) I started off with an 85% charge and arrived with 24% remaining. I had decided to go through the mountains which was an education in itself. I was losing 12 miles in range going up the passes (over 2 miles) and then gaining 9 miles more range on the way down through charging the system on the car. After a few mountain passes under my belt i got used to the + and – of the system. The more I researched the more I saw that new vehicle sales and their capabilities is far out stripping the changing network expansion but the market will react… hopefully in quick succession and thanks to the OLEV scheme there is some serious support to make this happen. I have a feeling that the air quality concerns will give added impetus to make this happen globally

see the difference between cars vs charing network. the network are mostly urban  but will have to much wider simply because the EV cars can now reach beyond the EV charhing networks

see the difference between cars vs charging network. The network is mostly urban but will have to be much wider, simply because the EV cars can now reach beyond the EV charging networks

My slow charger at home did fine when i got back as it had over night to charge. I live about 4 miles from a rapid charger on the A55

My slow charger at home did fine when i got back as it had overnight to charge. I also live about 4 miles from a rapid charger on the A55

the car was the star for the day. It did all that i asked it to do but the network of chargers in the west of Wales plus in the middle bit is quite thin on the ground. this is the 7kw charger at NT Llanerchaeron

The car was the star for the day. It did all that I asked it to do but the network of chargers in the west of Wales plus in the middle bit is quite thin on the ground. This is the 7kw charger at NT Llanerchaeron

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