Renault Zoe Battery Charging Impossible Issue

This post will be updated as I find out more information and will be marked with the date of edits So with all of my EV Experience so far there's been one issue which is a major issue with my car that I am trying to get rectified. The issue is that when I try to charge on a Rapid Charger that the car crashes out charging and produces what's known as a Battery Charging Impossible. Summary of the issue My car fails to charge on 43KW Rapid Chargers using the Type 2 AC connector. The Renault Zoe only has…

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3 Months with Zoe Q&A & Ecotricity's new chargers - EV Part 7

Well its now been around 3 months with my Renault Zoe Electric Car. Here's a bit more of a detailed review about my Zoe and Electric Cars in general along with even more questions, debates and such that I have had. Q & A Section! Here's questions that some twitter followers and friends have asked me to answer. Q: What's the ball park cost for getting a charger installed at home? Asked by @robmarkcole This really seems to depend on where you live. For me it was £550 after £500 grant from the government. Q: I understand (to a point)…

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Analysing EV Home Charger Installation Costs!

One of the things I have seen the most with EV chargers is people commenting that either they got their charger for an advertised price or like in my case much more. As part of this I thought I'd conduct some research which might then be able to link into a part of my Degree as I might be analysing an EV Company as part of it. I designed it so the data could be published in charts publically for people to see. Here's all of the charts that I've created around the data. Partiticipate! For this survey to get…

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Public EV Charging & Costs - EV Part 6

One thing noticed with public EV charging networks is the hassle involved to use some of them. And are all partially barriers into charging. These are all ideas I think that should be applied. Method of Billing The first thing which isn't consistant is how people are billed, I've seen some companies offer "Free Charging" but there's a £1.50 admin / connection fee. Some charge per hour, so if your car takes 2 hours to charge you'll be charged say £5 at £2.50 an hour, if your car takes only an hour you'll be charged £2.50…

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4 Weeks with my Renault Zoe - EV Part 5

So I'm 4 Weeks into owning my Electric Car and this is my first round up. Some bits may be repeated from the previous posts however a majority should be new. The Car Itself Straight to the point, the car itself. Its a really nice car to drive, It has lots of things which aren't standard with most cars Radio ( with MP3, Aux, USB, Bluetooth for phone and music, and built in tom tom Satnav), Cruise Control, Automatic Gearbox, automatic lights & windowscreen wipers, "start stop" technology, hill start assist and more! Driving is really nice and smooth,…

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EV Charger fitting part 4 - Insane prices!

So as previously mentioned in the last two posts I've been looking at getting an EV Charger installed, the last two posts were a little muddled up as I tried to write both to be seperate but an issue in publishing then caused conflict and issues with ghost. Anyway... The quotes have varied a lot, all the way from £450 to £2,474.4! And this is on top of the £500 grant from the government. Now the reason why seems to vary between company to company and which charger they're installing. Now my installation isn't what most deem as…

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EV Charging Points - EV Part 3

One of the biggest things with an EV is charging, while the UK has quite a few points unfortunately there are no points in Great Yarmouth which are for the public to use. As of this (and most people would even with charging points nearby) I need a method to charge my car! Eventually I'd like to have two methods of charging my car when at home so if one failed I had a backup. Furthermore ideally a method to charge it when I go to visit some people. 3 Pin Charging To begin I've ordered a 3 Pin to…

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DIY EV Charger installation? - EV Pt 3

!!! - DISCLAIMER - !!! This blog post and other blog posts that talk about installation of electrics are my personal opinons and logs of the process, they are in no way a recommendation or guide on what to do and will vary depending on the installation place's current electrical setup and local regulations. These electrics are high voltage (220V+) at high ampage (32A+)! As part of getting an EV car it's pretty common that you'll want to get a home charger fitted. While there is the 13A to EV adaptors they are rather slow (Around 9.5-10 Hours from empty). The…

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