Stuart drives a Hyundai Kona Electric Premium 64kWh 2022 electric car and shares his experiences to-date on public charging.
What do you think of the UK public charging network in general?
In South Wales it is improving and I haven’t had a problem finding a public charger, I think more fast chargers are required to help with longer journeys around Wales. I travel a lot to the coast to our caravan and local chargers are sparse in Ceredigion. Saying that, four are at our favourite beach, unfortunately they use to charge 35p per KWh at the beginning of May but the price increased to 65p kWh a week later; the same supplier increased prices across all of its chargers along the coast. I understand an increase in price with fast chargers but these are 7kWh and 22kWh chargers, safe to say, I won’t use these again, extremely disappointed.
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What and where are your favourite UK public chargers?
Pod Point and Clenergy EV are the most reasonably priced around but my favourite is my Ohme home charger. It’s fab & so convenient. I put the car on at night and its ‘full’ in the morning.
What’s been your best experience with a UK public charger?
The charger at IKEA Cardiff is easy to use (22kWh) and we only needed a debit card. We did our shopping and the car was topped up when we came out!
What’s been your worst experience with a UK public charger?
Dragon Charging at St Dogmaels and Poppit Sands near Cardigan. We regularly used these chargers until the price went up in May from 35p/kWh to 65kWh in a week. Amazingly just as the holiday season starts.
What’s got to change about public charging in the UK to get more people driving electric cars?
More rapid chargers need to be made available and prices to be kept reasonable. Also, all the prices should be the same or similar for all charging networks.
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