November 30, 2013 at 17:45 #6377
A couple of weeks ago I decided to try a long day trip from Near Middlesbrough to Nottingham and back (approx 300 miles total).
I’d did my homework beforehand, making sure I knew the locations of the Ecotricity charge points on the M1 as well as others nearby (just in case I had problems with the fast charging).
In the end the whole journey went like clockwork. First stop was after 55 miles of A-roads at the Designer Outlet on the south side of York http://t.co/pUb7xN7Czi. I took a decent charge here from the 22KW charger and enjoyed a coffee during the 45 min charge.
Then I headed for the M1 and did 50 miles of motorway (60mph), stopping at the Woodall Welcome Break services on the M1 near sheffield and using the Ecotricity fast chargers. I was glad this stop has the 22kw chargers as well as the superfast ones, as I couldn’t get the superfast one to charge my Zoe. http://t.co/BXhMfEIRV6. At this point I began to wonder if my day trip might take a bit too long.
So after 20 mins or so charging I decided to head for the next superfast chargers at Tibshelf (about 20 miles south) in the hope that this would be working and that it would be faster. It was and I was back on my way again – all the way to Nottingham. http://t.co/HxEFRweRYd
I chose to do the 3 stops so that I had plenty of contingency at all stages (I didn’t fancy running out of charge with the 3 kids in the back…), but in reality I could have done it in two if I’d driven carefully. On the way home I reversed the sequence, stopping at the slower charger (22kw) in York for just long enough to get me home. I arrived with 9 miles left on the clock which felt about right!
My conclusion after 300 mile round trip? Ecotricity’s charge points really do make long distance travel perfectly feasible. In time, I hope to see a few more of these up the east coast of England – the gap between Sheffield to Durham is a bit wide!November 30, 2013 at 19:44 #6380
timbo – well done, that’s impressive! I’d be interested to know the approx timings, i.e. when you started, what time you got there, how long to get back, etc.December 1, 2013 at 17:25 #6383
The journey was a total of about 5 hours on the way there and 4.5 on the way back (shortened because I only topped up with just enough to get me home on my last (and slower) charge.
In an ICE car the journey is 2.5 – 3 hours. So for a single journey of 150 miles I think I was driving for about 3 hours and charging for 1.5 hours. Not much good if you’re in a rush, but kids need regular stops anyway, and I can’t go all morning without at least 1 coffee…December 2, 2013 at 09:14 #6384
That’s brilliant! Thank you for taking the time to share your journey details : )December 2, 2013 at 21:45 #6391
timbo, would you be interested in making this into a post for the main website? I think it would just need some more timing information, plus perhaps a Google map of the route (I can do that bit).December 11, 2013 at 20:39 #6509
I’d be happy to offer a bit more info on timings and distances. I had thought that this might not be possible as I didn’t note down timings on the day. But, of course, I can interrogate the Charge History of my ZE Online….
I’ll pull something together. shall I post it here?December 11, 2013 at 23:52 #6512
By all means, or email it to me direct (trevor-larkum [at] armourarchive.co.uk) and we’ll work up a post from it.December 12, 2013 at 06:37 #6516
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Why drive a car that runs on dead Dinosaurs when you can have a car that runs on sunshine and rainbows? 🙂January 30, 2014 at 21:43 #7219
timbo, Surya’s post tonight reminded me we were going to put something together about your trip. My particular interest is that I believe it is the longest day trip in a ZOE that I’ve heard of. It’s certainly further than I’ve been in a day – can anyone else beat 300 miles?
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