North Yorkshire to Worthing – 340 miles in a day

22kW Charge at Woodall (Image: Timbo)
22kW Charge at Woodall (Image: Timbo)

So, following the success of my day trip to Nottingham, I decided that it was time for a much longer expedition – from North Yorks to Worthing – again in a day. Although some 340 miles this looked entirely feasible given the number of fast chargers all the way there.

North Yorkshire to Worthing by ZOE Route (Image: Timbo)
North Yorkshire to Worthing by ZOE Route (Image: Timbo)

I planned my route to use the M1 for much of the trip, but with a small diversion in Oxfordshire to collect another passenger then M40, M25 and finally M23/A23. I also stuck with my ‘tried and tested’ approach of aiming to have plenty of contingency (c20-30 miles of range) as I arrived at each of my chosen fast charge points. This meant that approx. 6 fast charges would be needed, and I planned to stop at Wetherby, Woodall, Leicester Forest East, Cherwell (M40/A43), Hounslow (M4) and Pease Pottage (Crawley, A23). That way if there was a problem, I’d have enough to jump back in the car and head to the next fast charger, rather than back-tracking or heading for a slower 7kw charger nearby.

43kW Fast Charge at Tibshelf (Image: Timbo)
43kW Fast Charge at Tibshelf (Image: Timbo)

I left home at 0805 on Feb 16th, and all went to plan at the first stop at Wetherby where I charged from 35% to 83% between 0900 to 0923. An hour later at Woodall (M1 South) I couldn’t get the fast charger to work, so plugged into the 22kW to charge from 20% to 46% before leaving at 1045 to get a  ‘proper’ charge at Tibshelf (32% to 93% between 1103 and 1126).  Then it was on to Leicester FE (36% to 99% between 1212 and 1244); Cherwell (28% to 96% from 1356 to 1422) and Hounslow (36% to 99% between 1557 and 1625). Finally, for the last charge of the day I filled up at Crawley (39% to 94% from 1728 to 1750). All charge points were part of the Electric Highway (Ecotricity).

I arrived at Worthing at 1835, after some 10.5 hours in the car (6h47 driving time) and 339.7 miles on the ‘clock’ and some 86kWh consumed. I tracked my trip using Glympse  and tweeted progress, which I was surprised to see was picked up by the Speak EV forum folks .

43kW Fast Charge at Cherwell (Image: Timbo)
43kW Fast Charge at Cherwell (Image: Timbo)

The trip home a couple of days later was pretty similar, and just as smooth.  I left at 0825, followed much the same route (except that I stuck with the M1 as I didn’t need to detour to Oxfordshire), and arrived home at 1835 – just over 10 hours later.  I even had another problem fast charger – this time at Leicester Forest East (N), but was able to press on to Derby (M1 jn 23A). The stats for my return journey were 327.5 miles, 70kWh (4.62mpkWh), with a total driving time of 7hr 17 min.

So I think I can safely say now that, even with the odd fast charger not working correctly, there appears to be sufficient redundancy being built into the Electric Highway for southbound  journeys from the north east of England.  Last weekend, I went north of the border and really missed the Ecotricity fast chargers, but that’s a story for another day…

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    timbo
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    So, following the success of my day trip to Nottingham, I decided that it was time for a much longer expedition – from North Yorks to Worthing – again
    [See the full post at: North Yorkshire to Worthing – 340 miles in a day]

    #8158

    Trevor Larkum
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    timob, you’re famous! Well, anyway, your ZOE has gone international:

    Chargemaster Opens Fast-Charge Corridor in Central England

    #8212

    timbo
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    well spotted Trevor. Shame the caption and the location (Tibshelf in Derbyshire) don’t quite match though!

    #10335

    RobChalmers
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    I’m sorry if this has been asked before but what speeds do you cruise at on the motorways?

    #10364

    timbo
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    My motorway cruising speed is a pretty constant 60mph – faster than lorries, but defiantly amongst them for much of the time.
    Mind you, on many motorways it’s actually quite hard to go much faster for any period even if you want to. And now, I’ve realised that I actually prefer to drive at that sort of speed now – even in our other (diesel) car.

    #10419

    astromouse
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    Excellent stuff!

    #10443

    TDWM
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    Do you use cruise control or not?

    #10445

    timbo
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    No I don’t use cruise control very much since I think on most roads I can do better to anticipate small changes in inclination. For example by keeping the current mpkwh at zero going downhill I can use the extra speed gained to save energy on the next climb, or on the flat. With cruise control on, I’d have regen on the decent (less efficient), followed by higher consumption than it needs to be on the next bit of road.

    #10446

    jit187
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    my trick is to slip stream coaches (usually national express) they drive at 62.5 mph (strange speed as if i set my cruise at 63 i get too close and if i set it at 62 i fall behind…) and doing this means i am using around 10 / 11 kwh (about the same energy if i was driving at 58 on my own without any slip stream)

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    RobChalmers
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    Thanks Everyone!

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