Staying at Center Parks with a Renault ZOE EV

In the summer we spent the bank holiday weekend at Center Parks Longleat Forest with family. We travelled there and back in the ZOE.

Naturally I hoped to charge while there but it turned out to be problematic. It seemed pretty clear that CenterParks was not setup for EV charging. Initially we were offered the use of a 13A socket in a shed in a far corner of one of the main car parks.

CenterParcs EV Charging Point in a Car Park Equipment Shed (Image: T. Larkum)
CenterParcs EV Charging Point in a Car Park Equipment Shed (Image: T. Larkum)

I plugged in and charging started fine. However, I was a bit sceptical and went back after a few hours to find that the charging had stopped, seemingly a circuit breaker had triggered. I restarted the charge, but disappointingly, I returned after a few hours to check on it to see that it had failed again.

CenterParcs EV Charging Point: the 13A socket above the bicycle (Image: T. Larkum)
CenterParcs EV Charging Point: the 13A socket above the bicycle (Image: T. Larkum)

I reported this and that night I was allowed to charge at the external sockets by the main entrance (next to the in and out barriers). However, the same thing happened and I gave up at that point. Instead we charged on our way home. So, overall, we were not too impressed with CenterParks’ provisions for EV charging (though apparently the provision of charge points has improved since).

CenterParcs' All-Electric Renault Kangoo ZE Van (Image: T. Larkum)
CenterParcs’ All-Electric Renault Kangoo ZE Van (Image: T. Larkum)

On the plus side, we did see that Center Parks were making use of all-electric Kangoo ZE vans for work around the park. And we did enjoy our time there, even if it was a bit pricey.

Source: Fuel Included Blog

Home Forums Staying at Center Parks with a Renault ZOE EV

This topic contains 4 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  HectorD 5 days, 1 hour ago.

Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #30938

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    In the summer we spent the bank holiday weekend at Center Parks Longleat Forest with family. We travelled there and back in the ZOE. Naturally I hoped
    [See the full post at: Staying at Center Parks with a Renault ZOE EV]

    #30939

    andyfras
    Participant

    How were they charging the Kangoo?

    #30940

    Trevor Larkum
    Keymaster

    I’m guessing the same 13A socket in the car park shed, but presumably it was taking less charge and so not tripping it.

    #30945

    Samsam
    Participant

    No problem at center parcs de kampervennen in the Netherlands.

    #30953

    HectorD
    Participant

    I was said that for a correct charge of the Zoe you have to install a C curve circuit breaker and an earth leakage protection super immunized.

    I’ve had many problems in friend’s houses with earth leakage protection.

    I finally decided to buy a electrical transformer of 2 KW to be able to charge in almost any place. It includes when you have a live-live electrical line (110v x 2) instead of a live-neutral setup.

    It’s very common in my land the live – live setup, so when I have to trip to any place where I don’t know if the Zoe can charge I take the transformer with me to assure, at least, a charge of near 10A.

    I hope this information helps.

Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.