Help ! Being overrun by Renault Zoe’s !!


It seems ages since I last put pen to paper, or rather fingers to keyboard but not a lot has changed of note. The Nissan Leaf Tekna is still running superbly, coming up on 10,000 miles now and not a blip out of it at all. I have noticed an alarming trend in the batteries tendency to drop like a stone once the temperature hits 3 deg C or below but apart from that its just been plain sailing all the way. My younger son then decided to buy a Renault Zoe, a great deal with only a £1200 deposit then £150 a month including the battery rental – its on a PCP anyway so I don’t understand why Renault just didn’t lump the two rentals together, maybe its a French thing ?. Anyway his came with the usual type 2 charger lead but then we discovered my Nissan tethered lead does not charge his car as its a type 1 connection so we ended up charging the Zoe on a 13a lead. As he only needs the car during the day it has ample time to charge overnight so ‘Job done’. Then my older son decided he too wants to save cash and invested in a Zoe. His house has my second charger fitted so we had to have the tethered lead changed to a type 2 lead at my expense of course. I also managed to pick up a Tesla 13a charger via EBay for a reasonable sum so he can charge when visiting family. So now I am hemmed in by Zoe’s and last week this came to a head when I got to IKEA Birstall only to discover …two Zoe’s on charge ..Sons 1 & 2 had effectively usurped my usual charging spot so I was reduced to hovering around until one of their cars finished charging before getting fuelled up !. How the mighty have fallen and as there are no other chargers within reasonable distance or on ‘free’ vend in Bradford or Leeds I had to suck it up and sit waiting for their Majesties to return.  On a more positive note Moto Birch Services on the M62 now have two ecotricity ‘pumps’ on either side of the motorway making trips into Manchester less of a worry. With Ferrybridge Services coming on line the month before we only need Welcome Break, Hartshead Moor M62 to get their act together and we can all cruise safely and quietly up and down the M62 to Hull to Liverpool without range anxiety …just queues of flipping Zoe’s in front of us no doubt !!. I’m still hovering about Solar for the house as I want Solar + Storage really so I guess I will have to wait until Elon Musk gets his gigafactory running and reduces the cost of PV and batteries to something more acceptable before sorting this out … incumbent energy suppliers please note you have about ten years before your world ends !.   Remember you heard it here first !! All the best and Happy Christmas !

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About stevenbarrett23

I run a telephone & computer supply and maintenance business, mainly VoIP, traditional phone systems & Cloud office systems. www.portelav.co.uk. I've been with the Company since 1981 so pre-mobiles pre-PC's. We are very keen on reducing our own and other businesses carbon output so we all work from home. The EV is just the next logical step towards being carbon neutral both in business and personally. Your kids will be thanking us for leaving a bit of the Planet for them once we push off !
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One Response to Help ! Being overrun by Renault Zoe’s !!

  1. Hi Steven, I had cause to reflect recently on the common UK domestic EVSE supplied by BG and Polar and concluded there was no reason why you couldn’t add a second tethered Type 1 lead to a Type 2 box (tethered or socket version) or the other way round. Then you would double the versatility of the box and allow it to cater for all the current crop of EVs. All it would need is the cable set, a suitable gland nut, and a suitably rated, 4 way, double pole switch as you would not want both cables attached to the box circuitry at the same time.

    Regards, Martin.

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