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Its very frustrating being on the bow wave of new technology. Ecotricity have not really tested the DC charging systems thoroughly enough. I have been dogged with failed or faulty units today. It has made the charging of the i3 pretty traumatic. I have made it to Norton services on the M6 Toll and now I have to wait hours for a charge not minutes. With one stop left before home, I wonder if I'll make it today?
I have faced 2 wacky suggestions to overcome failure to start the AC charging. The first was to "turn it off", then, "drive around the car park", then, "turn it on again". This didn't work, so next I was told to hold the cable over my shoulder whilst simultaneously pushing the plug in firmly, then with some other spare body part, press the button to validate. This worked. I refuse to disclose the body part.
I'm now looking for nearby rapid chargers, there appear to be some off my route - is it worth travelling further for a charger that may not be there, may not be accessible, may not be available to me or may not work. I think I'll sit tight. Let's hope the infrastructure starts to improve rapidly!
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This weekend I have been in Edinburgh having driven up on totally free electricity. I went from South Oxford, via
(1) Milton Keynes BMW rapid charger. Parking space was ICE'd by two employees.
(2) Grantham Ecotricity rapid charge. 1 of 2 parking spaces ICE'd by staff at services.
(3) Overnight stay at parents in Southwell. 13amp standard charger
(4) York ChargeNow Toyota. 30 amp (stopped at Tesco for breakfast)
(5) Scotch Corner A1(M) Ecotricity rapid charger
(6) Washington A1(M) Ecotricity rapid charger
(7) Galashiels ChargeNow ASDA 30 Amp

now to drive home down the West Coast
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Heading up to Edinburgh in my BMW i3 from South Oxford. Journey so far has been pretty good. Most annoying piece is the number of charge points blocked by "dinosaur juice burners". Next hop is the most scary. Here's hoping the 7kw charger at Asda in Galashiels is working!
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Is this the technological advancement that heralds a brave new world?
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Saw dumbo during my tea break
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lol. Not sure myself - but I was famished after I'd finished it :-o

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I've been trying to rationalise my web presence but its been a bit tricky. I've stopped looking at FB as mentioned in the previous blog, in fact I went through the quite tearful departure as i...
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Made it to Gretna on the A74. Ecotricity DC charger for BMW i3 is out of order! had to put it on to an AC charge. Got a couple of hours to kill now. The ecotricity help line have said they will send an engineer out for tomorrow - thanks for that guys. Interestingly the average speed was around 50mph but the performance was rubbish. 2.8 mi/KWh meaning the effective range on that charge was only around 50 miles! I need 57miles to get to Kilington lakes DC charger. Hope its downhill.
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I don't have range anxiety. But that was a bit squeaky bum time to Asda Galashiels. 2miles left :-o
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Made it. Had to stick to 45 mph to maximise my Mi/KWhrs! :-)
 
DC Charging Options for my BMW i3

Most journeys in my i3 are way within the range and so charging is generally at home.  However I did get the option to make it "ready" for DC Rapid charging so that I could venture out on longer journeys if I chose too.  I have subscribed to the ChargeNow network but I haven't been able to get to grips with the DC options.  This is what I have discovered.

Charge Now - ChargeNow is a service from BMW i, operated by Chargemaster Plc, which enables customers in the UK to access the largest network of public charging stations nationwide with a single card - the BMW i ChargeNow charging card.

- DOES NOT DO DC RAPID CHARGING.  They say they plan too but cannot confirm when that may be.
 
Ecotricity -   Our Electric Highway enables electric vehicle owners to travel the length and breadth of the country, it's a vital piece of infrastructure, missing until now.  Right now we're installing a new generation of super fast chargers. With charging times dropping, dramatically, to around 20 minutes - electric cars will finally be able to reach their full potential; unrestricted, zero emission driving.

- DO A BMW COMPATIBLE RAPID CHARGER
 
Note:  It is their Yellow coloured pins on the map and is refered to as CCS fast charge.  They tell me it will take 20 minutes and is designed for amongst others the BMW i series. It is not listed as DC & AC Fast charge, their green pins on the map.
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+Trevor Larkum yes Ecotricity do but BMW ChargeNow (part of charge master) don't have DC for BMWs yet. 
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On 30 April 1993 CERN published a statement that made World Wide Web technology available on a royalty free basis, allowing the web to flourish: http://info.cern.ch/

This image shows http://info.cern.ch/ including a screenshot of the original NeXT web browser in 1993.
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