roscoe wrote:1. Get PHEV's of the rapid network.
Possibly, but just charge rapids at 30p/kwh and that more or less achieves your objective, never actually experienced PHEV issue myself outside shopping centres.
Different types of vehicles require different types of fueling. You don't have HGV's fueling up beside regular ICE cars at fuel stations. And you wouldn't charge every single oil driver a huge fee to refuel, with the specific reasoning of it is solely to discourage the vehicles that kill the network not to use it. More sensible is you just don't have those vehicles that kill the network able to use it.
No need to apply harsh fees and detract from the mission of progressing electric driving adoption.
roscoe wrote:2. Needs a road law or whatever law remit it falls under for any charging fees incurred, must be displayed at the charger.
We're out of the dark ages, website or local screen is good enough, in the future dynamic load/time based prices are likely to appear, just a red tape request....
A red tape request that has been needing addressed for ages now. Never seen a CYC charger in England that tells me what the charges are going to be. And CPS is CYC for all intents and purposes for us. It is not happening, and I have not heard anything otherwise from CYC to suggest their policy will change. The evidence from England is that connection fees and fee charging of CYC fee charging has in the main not improved the CYC service.
roscoe wrote:3. Network needs more double Rapid facilities, and a more frequent spread
Hmmm, dribbles and drabbles & hide n seek. Expect our fleets of supermarkets or 'leisure' places could rattle in strings of 22kw AC sharing posts then more major route superdooper 'journey' charging stations all with an eye to 150kw next gen and having many 2/12+ bays, hey thats just like Tesla, oophs Tiered charge rates between rapid/AC will steer customers to different behaviour/expectation patterns. The usage patterns of free charging are meaningless.
Tesco announced a huge plan for rollout of Rapid and T2 charging at most of their stores across the UK about 2 or 3 months ago. The T2's are to be free to use for customers. Sounds very interesting, however as we have seen before "UK" does not necessarily have inclusion or much reflection on Scotland. Hence this is presumably why there has not been much excitement about that development in Scottish online driving resources.
The spread is not just about vehicle range capability, it is better coverage, less queuing, better options and reliability, so when the nearest or one passed by is down, there is a reasonable gap to the next charger.
The usage patterns of free charging is skewed, you have a good point there, but not always entirely meaningless.
roscoe wrote:4. EVERY Rapid charger needs signposted, just like a Motorway services, or Castle or any other Tourist Attraction is signposted in Scotland.
er only if policy is to stick hidden behind council offices etc, expect service/fuel stations will be commercial stepping stone. Also who knows what tech dev brings to market in next 20y.
Your missing the point made. I don't personally want to be looking at my phone while driving around an unknown and unfamiliar area, with 1 way systems, lots of traffic, and perhaps even darkness, just to refuel. I don't even always get a signal either to look things like that up, not that it can even help sometimes. PS isn't it a chargeable offence now to drive and operate a phone? Please officer, cut me a break, I have 3% and I have been driving around for 20 minutes looking for the charger. Not sure that will play out well either:)
Elec driving chargers are not huge roofed constructions with the whole area all lit up and right beside main roads, with a nice convenient in/out entrance and exit road. You can't miss a oil fuel station or services, and even then motorway and main road ones are often signposted.
No idea how many elec. miles you have covered and how far ventured, but I have personally had numerous and countless experiences of hunting around for chargers that I know I am fairly close to, as have Sat Nav'd to a close point. I shouldn't have to drive round and round for x amount of time until stumble upon it. I should not be needing to stop to look up this app, and that site, and so on that may not even help. I should not have to get out and ask people who generally have no idea where it is either. This is basic stuff.
I have wasted countless hours over the years looking for chargers, it can be stressful too. All you need is a minibus parked in a certain position or even a transit van, and you might not see a charger. Throw in darkness, so much more fun to the challenge. Just last week I had a nightmare trying to find a Rapid in the Borders. Ironically the Borders have 2 examples of signposted chargers (Eyemouth + Newtown St. Boswells), can't think of many others, nothing springing to mind right now! This is such a basic requirement and easily rectified, but still it is not happening. Will 30p/kWh change that? I strongly suggest it won't.
roscoe wrote:Also there is about 5 people available in Scotland who can actually repair and service a Rapid charger.
CPS website should name/shame down chargers in list rather than take them off the map, including how long down.
Central funding for rapid repair would be a less wasteful idea for public funds,.....
One of your better ideas. Your saying they should do their job really. Your absolutely right they should. The CPS (CYC) website which is really just the CYC website copied and pasted to the CPS domain and with a CPS badge stuck on, is awful and a box ticker.
If you click on the 'Network News' tab on the CPS Site (here is a link https://chargeplacescotland.org/news/
) the most recent news post is May 2018, about Train station chargers being down with no further updates or news after that. Shocking. I suppose CPS (CYC) would refer you to their Twitter feed or something.
Definitely standing by comment that the whole network infrastructure that includes all aspects of service (not just the chargers), is "not worth 1p/kWh". Would be delighted to review and adapt the comment when suitable and visible progress happens. One day....