Travelling Internationally With the ZOE – Part 2

Cobham Services - first Nissan Leaf (Image: Surya)
Cobham Services – first Nissan Leaf (Image: Surya)

[Part 1]

The next day we went off to the charger at the Cobham services on the M25. Upon arriving we found a Leaf charging, but there was a second unit which seemed to work. Except that it didn’t. I could choose to charge and swipe my card, but than an error occurred. I called Ecotricity and they told me it was a new installation and that it wasn’t properly online yet, and that it shouldn’t work at all.

Chieveley Services, Hermitage - second Leaf (Image: Surya)
Chieveley Services, Hermitage – second Leaf (Image: Surya)

So we waited about 10 minutes until the Leaf was done charging to fill up ourselves. The owners of the Leaf where very pleasant to talk to. Upon seeing we where from Belgium, they asked how the car was holding up and such, and they told us they where hoping to make a trip to France in their Leaf. I asked if they had looked into the charging infrastructure. They hadn’t but were aware that it could be a challenge.

Leigh Delamere Services (Image: Surya)
Charging at Leigh Delamere Services (Image: Surya)

As we made our way towards Bristol, we started skipping chargers. The range of the car is more than enough to do that as chargers are about 50km apart. They seemed reliable enough and there is little point in making a stop at every single one unless you love service stations.

Michaelwood Services (Image: Surya)
Charging at Michaelwood Services (Image: Surya)

Along the way we also encountered a second Leaf that was charging. The owners had just picked up their second-hand Leaf hours before and it was their very first charge. We had a really nice chat and they where really looking forward to driving electric from then on. They did have quite a trip ahead as the dealer was far from home.

Crossing the Severn Bridge into Wales (Image: Surya)
Crossing the Severn Bridge into Wales (Image: Surya)

Our last stop of the day was at the Caldicot charger before making our way North towards a camp site. The camp site had no amenities so charging there was not an option.

Final charge of the day at Caldicot (Image: Surya)
Final charge of the day at Caldicot (Image: Surya)

[Part 3]

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    Surya
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    The next day we went off to the charger at the Cobham services on the M25. Upon arriving we found a Leaf charging, but there was a second unit which s
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    Trevor Larkum
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    Surya, I’m guessing you tried your card on the second (right-hand) charger at Cobham before plugging in? I ask because I do it the other way around, and last Sunday I tried plugging in at the Cobham second charger only to find it doesn’t have a ZOE cable (only Chademo and CCS ones)!

    We were heading home after a long trip down to Brighton (I’ll write it up soon) and again had to wait for a Leaf to finish before we could use the left-hand charger.

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    Surya
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    I always swipe first. I didn’t check the cables before trying. Thanks for that ‘small’ detail!

    Message to Leaf owners: use the right hand charger, there are fewer CCS able cars for the moment than AC able cars 🙂

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