Thought of the Day: Charging Databases (Nikki, April 30, 2014)

Nikki responds to Mark’s thoughts from yesterday on long-distance EV trip planning, and talks about the lack of joined-up thinking on Charging databases.

Unlike our other shows, Thought of the Day is our chance to muse on one big story in the news each day, using it as a spring board to explore other topics, sometimes even outside of the Transport Evolved universe. Every weekday, Nikki and Mark will take it in turns to explore a story that catches our eye, developing a back and forth conversation between Transport Evolved’s two regular hosts.

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  • vdiv

    Crowd-sourcing the charging station database is the best way to keep it, informative, accessible, up-to-date, and provider-agnostic. The challenge is to get the providers and the EV makers to play ball and offer status information and access to the database onboard the EVs. Tesla has done a great job by at least having a usable web browser in the Model S.nnYes, there is a link between Mark’s apprehension to take a long trip and the availability of up-to-date information on the status of the charging stations. I still think he will be OK to take the trip as demonstrated by Nikki on many occasions.

  • Mark Gemmell

    Just found TEN today… nice. Need to catch up on all the entries, but I’d like to chime in on the long range trips.nWe have a Roadster and Model S. The Roadster is 2.5 years old and has 56000 kms and the Model S is 6 months old and has 30000kms.nIn the Roadster we went all around Spain (where we live) and Portugal.nWith the Model S we’ve been from Holand to Spain in a weekend, up to the Alps and back for skiing (3 days and 1400kms each way in the snow), weekend trips to Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Granada, and, just last week, a 9 day drive to Scotland and back (via the Bilbao – Portsmouth ferry). All with the 5 of us plus luggage.n(All trips are on our blog found trip planning in the UK quite easy as, and all have good reliable info.nThat said, the Mennekes outlet supposedly at out Birmingham hotel was actually a double UK plug, so that was a “surprise”.nI share Mark’s fear of these situations, but I’ve been through a lot now and as long as you don’t mind rewiring some plugs and looking around for alternatives you will never get stuck with an EV.nnAs for charge maps and databases… they are generally unreliable. I have been fooled by chargemap… they had a 22kW+43kW Chademo as verified when it didn’t even exist! Sunday night with a 200km snowy stretch of road ahead is a bad time to have that happen.nSo I always call ahead and verify the outlets somehow. I just don’t rely on the charge app database blindly.