Saturday saw me up giving a talk at the EST EV Roadshow Aberdeen.
This was an opportunity for anyone to come along and learn about EVs. There was even opportunity to take test drives in the car park. Pretty much all the mainstream EV manufacturers were there, Nissan, Tesla, BMW, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Renault and KIA all had cars on display and for testing.
For my part I gave a short talk on my experience of winning and using the Leaf. Including the drive up from Rosyth. I was even able to add a bit about why I was a little late as I spent some time at Angus Council offices helping some Co-Wheels newbies who were struggling with a Zoe at the Rapid.
Other speakers were from Electric Vehicle Association Scotland and Plug In Adventures. There was a good range of questions from the floor, with at least one visitor set to choose and EV, several others I suspect are likely to make the change.
Some of the other stands were from various chargepoint manufacturers and installers. EPT revealed that they will be rolling out satellite comms to the rural chargers with troubled communications. For the North Coast 500 this could be a huge improvement.
Also interesting to hear other peoples experiences and future expectations. Some interesting ideas out there for EV hubs.
There was a down side to the day. Looking for a charge to get home with the number of EVs in the area was always going to be harder. What I was really disheartened to find was someone using a Rapid as a long stay parking spot. I will be speaking to Aberdeen Council, as this car was parked for over an hour unattended after it finished charging. The PHEV before me may have disconnected the CCS so that they could use the Chademo. The owners did turn up just as I unplugged. They were angry that someone had unplugged their car, aggressively unrepentant about blocking the bay for so long. Back to education. Slightly disconcerting though as they were staggeringly aggressive. It is exactly that sort of experience that will create negative stories to put people off the idea. That said in over 100 public charging sessions that’s the only time I’ve had a negative experience. In the last year I had two occasions at a petrol station where behaviour of others made for an unpleasant visit. So the EV experience is better, as the positive experiences tend to be much more positive!
Perhaps the operators need a consistent, well signed a publicised approach.
Such as the one here at Ingliston P+R. 30 minutes maximum, no unattended vehicles, with a tow away for offenders. Just need to find a way to have it applied consistently….
The rest of the journey home was painless, a brief wait for one of the demonstrator Tesla’s at Angus Council, a final splash at Glenrothes, then home with the battery temperature still one bar from the red. 240 miles, nearly all at motorway speeds on the dual carriageway, the battery was heating at both ends of the cycle. At a more steady, slower cruise the battery would have heated less during the journey. Total energy consumed for the day: 45kWh, total from Rapids:30kWh. Who says EVs are for urban driving?