Strictly not news, but this award winning Nissan Leaf hearse in London has been doing the rounds on social media.  All the coverage over the recent smog seems to have highlighted the benefits of an electric funeral procession.

After the pickup, I’m hoping to see a soft-top conversion soon. The stretch limo has already been done:strech-leaf

The growth in EVs is now very visible on the roads.  In the last few weeks my commute has seen no fewer than 5 EVs each day.  What’s more impressive, is that only three  cars cropped up more than once.  In the last week alone I counted 7 Leafs, 5 Tesla S, 1 Kia, 1 Ionic and 6 i3s.  Granted they are outnumbered by PHEVs, with a normal morning seeing at least 6 Outlanders.  Even a few Golf GTEs have started to appear.

Naturally this is making the chargepoints more challenging.  The issue of EV etiquette is becoming quite heated on forums and Facebook.  Mostly it does boil down to common sense.  Using apps like Plugshare or ZapMap makes a real difference, as it gives people an indication of how long you expect to be plugged in.

Plugshare Android App  Plugshare IOS App  Plugshare site

There is a lot of talk about never leaving a car unattended on a Rapid.  Common sense says stay nearby, don’t be more than 30 minutes and once past 80% State of Charge, move on if there are others waiting.   Please.

For most EV and PHEV drivers it may not be as obvious as they will do most of their charging at home and not appreciate the need to make sure Journey (Rapid) chargers are not blocked while they get the last couple of kWh into the battery.  One unidentified driver at Ingliston recently parked the car on the Rapid and jumped on a tram!

If in doubt about checking in, maybe use a disc like park-disc  to leave a hint on when you expect to return, and your contact number or a reference to Plugshare or ZapMap just in case someone is desperate.  It could be you next time!

The blue side works as a normal time of arrival parking disc.







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2 thoughts on “Quirks”

  1. I was recently recharging at Edinburgh Napier University (Colinton Road) and three people were having a conversation about how great it would be to get an EV as they wouldn’t have to worry about parking. Just use the EV charging points instead.

    I explained that would be like parking at a petrol station pump so nobody else could use it. Got a strange look back but think they understood in the end! Probably needs a coordinated education campaign explaining what EV charging points and parking spaces are for.

    And…whisper it…but price does moderate consumption. Sometimes even a small charge (£2.00) will put non-essential users like PHEV drivers off.


    1. I agree, there will be a tipping point where charging will be the simple too to manage use and availability. The key I suspect will be to make it just slightly more expensive than home charging. Behavioural nudges all round, much better than fines for most people.


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