I get free CHAdeMO charging about 1 mile from my house on the outskirts of London on the nearest highway services to me going north - thats a great bonus, and my weekend often involves visiting that point after doing some shopping on the way home. Im normally at about 15 miles at that point, so the fast DC to 80% takes 17 minutes.
Activated by an RFID card, which was also free! Cant say fairer than that.
Then I top up at home using my level 2 home AC charger in about 2.5 hours. That was also 75% rebated by a government scheme at the moment, so that installation cost me £300, rather than about £900. I also have a meter that tells me the KWh consumption, which also has a SIM card in that transmits the data to the government to gauge average usage and typical weekly electricity demand.
I have a further 2 RFID cards:
- one for the London-wide AC network, which is also free to use, and comprises of 13Ah 240v domestic plug posts, and faster level 2 AC at the same rate as my home charger (the card costs a huge £5 per year).
-the other card I have is for the rest of the UK, which normally charges, but i almost never use this, and was the most expensive card at £20 a year.
So the network for me is essentially free at the moment, and cards divided as follows: London non-highway, UK-wide highway, and rest of UK non-highway.
The beauty of these cards is that there are several providers now, all using different cards, but many of the points take multiple cards, just charging you for the electricity used at the point of use - i.e. the infrastructure is not particular to the RFID card provider.
In the last 4 weeks, i've only used 20 KWh of electricity at home, rest was all opportunistic free charging on various journeys.
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