A Long Journey Easier with an Electric Car than a Conventional One

It doesn’t happen often, but we recently took a long trip in my ZOE that was easier than if we had taken a petrol or diesel car. We needed to travel to Peterborough Passport Office to renew my daughter’s passport at short notice.

Plan A was very straightforward – drive to Peterborough and slow charger there for the return journey. The beauty of this was that, with a bit of advance research, I found out that there was an electric car charging point and parking space on the same road as the Passport Office and very close to it.

Ecotricity Rapid Chargers at Haddon Services (Image: T. Larkum)
Ecotricity Rapid Chargers at Haddon Services (Image: T. Larkum)

As ever, I had a Plan B, a contingency in case of problems. That was to charge at Haddon Services on the A1(M) just outside Peterborough. Therefore on the way to Peterborough we called in at Haddon. However, the AC rapid charge point wasn’t working so we just headed straight on to Peterborough.

In fact, we needn’t have worried. We found the parking space and charger by the Passport Office very easily and it was operating fine. It worked first time – we then headed into the Office to do the necessary paperwork. We then headed around Peterborough, visiting the various shops and restaurants to kill the requisite four hours until the passport was ready.

Slow Charging near Peterborough Passport Office (Image: T. Larkum)
Slow Charging near Peterborough Passport Office (Image: T. Larkum)

Afterwards we unplugged and headed home. As the EV parking area was very close to the Passport Office and was neither occupied nor blocked (and, if memory serves me right we didn’t have to pay for parking), it turned out to be a long trip that was easier with an EV than if we had had a conventional car.

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    Trevor Larkum
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    It doesn’t happen often, but we recently took a trip in my ZOE that was easier than if we had taken a petrol or diesel car. We needed to travel to Pet
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    It doesn’t happen often, but we recently took a trip in my ZOE that was easier than if we had taken a petrol or diesel car.

    Doesn’t happen often? 99% of our trips are easier than in conventional cars. If you don’t need to charge (or even, you do, but planned on taking a break anyway), then surely it’s always easier?

    Now we have a home charger and set off with 100%, and can return home with 1%, it’s very rare out trips are less convenient than petrol!

    (though our trip to Poole next month will certainly be a big exception!)

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    Trevor Larkum
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    Fair point – I specifically meant a long journey (i.e. beyond the range of the car) so have updated the post.

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    ‎D
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    Ah, gotcha 🙂

    We went to Drayton Manor recently (about 100m round trip), but stopped for food in both directions, so also worked out fairly convenient (if you ignore that we wouldn’t have ordinarily eaten at services in either direction because of their prices ;))

    After that, I’ve been tweeting restaurant chains asking them to add chargers. There was a Harvester just 6 miles off the M6 on our way back we’d have loved to go to, but didn’t want to stop twice. If these places get chargers, they’ll get our business for food on long journeys – would much rather a 22kW charge and a nice meal than a rapid charge and service-station-priced-Burger-King!

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    sandy
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    Wait until you have a period of driving where a car with a large capacity fuel tank would have been handy.

    I’m just back from a 5 day break where on leaving with a 100% charge, due to lack of chargers and rain I had to charge 4 times just to cover 159miles. And after that I only had 20% SOC when I got home.

    Nothing better about EV for me when I’d have used less than half a tank of petrol in my previous car.

    Certainly for my work commute the Zoe is perfect, just didn’t quite work out like that for a long trip with rain.

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