Ecotricity finally getting their act together (with the help of GridServe)

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fa147
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Ecotricity finally getting their act together (with the help of GridServe)

Post by fa147 » Sun May 02, 2021 12:10 pm

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Re: Ecotricity finally getting their act together (with the help of GridServe)

Post by JonnyVtec » Sun May 02, 2021 6:42 pm

Thought I’d try out Rugby M6 services today as it opened yesterday and apparently on free vend and not a far run out to take my lad to show him. This is the first result of the Ecotricity/Gridserve effort to improve motorway services with the MOTO monopoly the Electric Highway has neglected for years...

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12 Tesla superchargers, 12x 350kWh Tritium charers with CCS with 6 of them also having Chademo. Cable run short, it’s on a pully that lets it extend but soon drew it back in.

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Plenty of distance from the services so that should avoid ICE’ing. Screens very clear, option of contactless or the app to pay 30p/kWh.

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Not bad after starting at 16%

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Interesting to try out the UKs first and a positive experience, I’ll probably never use motorway toilets as clean as that again either :cry:

Got chatting to the guy who just picked up an i3 and was driving it home 300mile! Early 24kWh one so only does 80 miles or so. Had 3 miles left and saw the services sign. I said he was lucky as it only opened yesterday :eek:

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Re: Ecotricity finally getting their act together (with the help of GridServe)

Post by fa147 » Sun May 02, 2021 10:56 pm

Excellent pictures JonnyVtec, thank you.

It good to see in 1 small part of the UK, we are catching up to Tesla. Saying that, there are 12 Tesla chargers, all free and that Model 3 is charging at the Ecotricity chargers!! What gives??

Free vend was too temping for the Tesla driver and dropped were the loyalties/smugness...
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Re: Ecotricity finally getting their act together (with the help of GridServe)

Post by Weezer » Sun May 02, 2021 11:27 pm

Thanks for the pics. Great to see a neat system that looks painless to use and pay for. Just a few more of these at suitable points along motorways and range anxiety will be a thing of the past!

Went to a local garden centre today which has two free chargers (two cables each), run by the centre’s solar panels. I’ve only ever seen one car parked there, but when we came out all four bays were in use; two Teslas, an electric Mini and my HSE. Goes without saying which one looked the best 😁 But it’s a sure sign EVs are on an steep upward trajectory.
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