Public charging review: BMW iX3 2021, Jaykayemm

Public charging review: BMW iX3 2021, Jaykayemm

Jaykayemm runs a BMW iX3 2021 electric car and shares their experiences to-date on public charging.


What do you think of the UK public charging network in general?



What and where are your favourite UK public chargers?

Kirriemuir, Aberfeldy, Pitlochry & Stirling.


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What’s been your best experience with a UK public charger?

You arrive at the charge point, the 50kW is available and it works. No problem.


What’s been your worst experience with a UK public charger?

Aviemore is a joke for public charging, one station can do 1 car at 50kW and 1 at 22kW which is ridiculous for a major tourist town. When I visited, I did not need any power but there was 1 car plugged in and a motorhome blocking access to the 2nd socket. The Scottish government give the councils money to install public points through ChargePlace Scotland but Highland Council decided to use it elsewhere. I live in a small town in Angus and I have 5 points capable of up to 10 cars within 1 mile and the next town, Forfar, has a hub capable of up to 16 cars all subsidized by the Scottish government.


What’s got to change about public charging in the UK to get more people driving electric cars?

  • More dedicated charging hubs for EVs only
  • Better uptime and availability
  • Easier access to the various charge point suppliers, I believe the situation is worse outside Scotland but I have no experience of this.



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