Thoughts as a consequence of owning a Zoe with a much greater range.
Two weeks ago I drove to Carlisle for a short walking holiday. I stayed in a very comfy hotel overnight but knew it did not have a charger so went in our ice car.
Now, had the hotel been set up for ev cars, I would have booked a slot, charged overnight, and returned home on the one charge (the distance being lower than the range of my new Zoe). And would have been happy to pay a reasonable fee for the electricity used. And no worries about charging/availability of chargers on my way home. And it would have cost a lot less than the petrol coats I incurred.
My point is – how many hotels, motels, B&Bs, Air B&Bs, guest houses, holiday rentals, camping sites etc, are geared up for electric cars and the need to charge up en-route?
I suspect – and this is corroborated with the Zap map info – very few. What an opportunity for Holiday Inns, Travel Lodges, Premier Inns, et al, to get ahead of the game and install chargers.
I’d be interested to know what the state of play is regarding ev preparedness in the hotel and holiday/business accommodation for our type of transport and what other readers of this column think.
My 3 year old Zoe is coming to the end of it’s PCP and I’ve decided to keep it and pay the final sum.
I was told by RCI that this final figure is not negotiable, and I agreed to it when signing the contract, not true.
I asked if it would be possible to upgrade to a bigger battery and was told that although tried in France,it is no longer an option, pity.
Apart from severe lack of ifrastructure issues, some CPs not repaired, going into year 3, talk of the EBG company who installed most of our CPs,going bust,and awaiting all of our 11 councils to meet and deciding on Icing parking etc,it’s a great little car.
The parking brake recall is complete and I’ve enjoyed 5 years of free fuel.