I was a bit disappointed to find the car only had 53 miles charge on it when I picked it up this morning, I thought it would have about 70 like yesterday. But it was only onl charge for an hour and a half before closing time. I knew Bourne was about 20 miles each way so I thought it would be plenty and google had already told me there is a chargepoint at Larkfleet Energy in Bourne. What I had forgotten though was that I wasn’t actually going to Bourne, I was going to a village 5 miles beyond Bourne (an extra 10 mile round trip). By the time I had stopped off in town en route to get a couple of keys cut I was at my destination but with only 26 miles left for the return journey. I programmed the SatNav to check the true mileage home and it was 25 miles. I rang Larkfleet to ask if I needed a card (like the Lincoln charger) only to be told their charger was currently not working. Argh! Dare I risk it, with one mile to spare? I knew from my Lincoln run that it was possible to re-harvest some of the energy but I could also get stuck in a queue. Deciding I couldn’t risk it I used the domestic charger to plug into my friends house for two and a half hours. This gave me only 25 miles of additional charge but at least with 51 on the clock I knew I’d get home safely and be able to put the vehicle on charge in the garage for the whole of the night until morning. This would definitely give me enough to do the same run again tomorrow.
The children are excited by the car and have already worked out that their tablet can wirelessly connect to the car and they can be in charge of the music! The songs are listed on the media screen and full functionality of play, pause, skip etc are available on the touch screen.
I’ve also looked up chargemaster on the internet. They are an EV network which is marketed as Polar. You can purchase a polar card which is £7.95 a month (first 6 months free) but it takes a few days for the card to come. So I’ve downloaded the Polar Instant App. The minimum initial top up was £20 so I’ve registered my credit card and ready to go. There’s just a £1. 50 fee per charge. The app is good. There seems to be at least one charge point in all the major local towns and more in the cities.
I’m feeling positive, albeit the little scare earlier today. Just need to plan properly and not guesstimate distances! It does feel good having done my trip today at zero cost when it would normally zap a quarter of my little Audi fuel tank – about £10.
The car is lovely and quiet and I’ve had the aircon on low too so guess that might have used up some extra charge. The feeling when the car just glides off after releasing the footbrake is great – I imagine that’s what it must be like to fly a spaceship!