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Ecotricity - FREE charging for electric cars and £50 J Lewis vouchers for signing up.

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For the vouchers their will email you with this offer. You have to put your email address in to get a quote but the process is simple and quick. If you are an energy customer of theirs (amd their p…
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For the vouchers their will email you with this offer. You have to put your email address in to get a quote but the process is simple and quick.

If you are an energy customer of theirs (amd their prices are competitive) then you can charge your electric car up at their service station chargers.

A great deal in my opinion from a green energy supplier. I have done some research into the owner - an environmentalist entrepreneur - we need more of them.

Here is an extract from their website re the charging.

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Why have you installed this network?

To kickstart Britain’s electric car revolution!

Before the Electric Highway, people didn’t buy electric cars because of the lack of charging facilities. And people didn’t build charging facilities because not enough people bought electric cars. Classic chicken and egg stuff.

Another barrier to the faster take-up of electric cars was something called ‘range anxiety’ – the fear of running out of juice when travelling any serious kind of distance.

This is where our Electric Highway comes in – Britain’s first and biggest national network of electricity pumps, our mission is to make it easier for electric vehicle owners to make long distance journeys – to help make EVs the logical choice for Britain’s drivers.
Why a motorway network?

Because that’s where electricity pumps are most needed. Before the Electric Highway, the big focus for charging facilities was towns and city centres – but that’s where they’re needed least.

You only need to look at car use statistics for the answer. The average car in Britain travels around 20 miles a day, a distance most modern electric cars can sustain for almost a week without needing to charge. Most car owners have access to off-street parking (70 per cent apparently) and are able to charge at home at night.

So most cars don’t need to charge most days. It’s longer journeys where charging is most needed. As well as the motorway network, we’ve also installed electricity pumps at IKEA stores, Liverpool and Birmingham airports, and plan to roll out to strategic A roads in the future.
What kind of electricity pumps do you have?

Our electricity pumps cover all types of connector for electric vehicles – have a look at our guides to charging your vehicle for more info.
How much does it cost to use the Electric Highway?

After five years of providing charging for free, we’ve now moved to a ‘charging for charging’ model.

Each fast charge costs £6 for a 30 minute charging session.

You’ll need our Electric Highway app to be able to charge your car.

The Electric Highway will continue to be free for Ecotricity energy customers, subject to our fair usage policy ( see below).
Why is it £6 for 30mins charging?

The cost of using the Electric Highway is based on market research, usage data, and feedback from our customers.

We originally set the price at £5 for 20 minutes.

Research shows that 20 minutes is the average length of stay at motorway services, and we wanted to offer customers fair use and also fair access to our pumps.

We looked at the entire market – including the price that other electric car networks charge, and the equivalent costs of refuelling petrol and diesel cars on the motorway – and came to the conclusion that £5 per charge was a fair price to pay.

We then had a number of conversations with Electric Highway members – who gave us feedback about the proposed 20 minute charge session in particular. As a result of that feedback, we changed our approach – to £6 for 30 minute sessions.

A 30 minute session should ensure the vast majority of EV drivers can achieve the ideal 80% recharge in one session.

For example, a 30 minute session will recharge both the 24kWh and 30kWh LEAF batteries up to around 80% from empty. On a 24kWh LEAF, this is equivalent to 6p a mile or around 84mpg, and 4.8p per mile or around 105mpg on 30kWh versions.*

In terms of value for money, this change results in 50% more charging time for just a 20% increase in cost – overall, a 25% reduction in cost.

We know there are lots of EV drivers with different needs – there are around 40 different models of electric vehicles on the road and three charging standards – but we hope this new model strikes the right balance for everyone. We’ll be keeping a close eye on how this transition pans out and we’ll keep listening to feedback.
How do I use the Electric Highway for free?

If you’re an Ecotricity customer, you’ll be entitled to free charging on the Electric Highway.

There are three easy steps.

Step 1: Switch your electricity and gas (or just electricity if you don't have gas supply) to Ecotricity

You can do that online here.

Our electricity customers also receive an annual £40 discount just for having an electric vehicle – this is called our Electric Vehicle discount. You can find out more about that here.

Step 2: Create an Eco ID

Your Eco ID allows you to access your Ecotricity energy account and the Electric Highway app with the same login details. You can create your Eco ID once you've completed your online energy switch.

Step 3

Download the Electric Highway App and register using your Eco ID.

That's it! Your Electric Highway and Energy accounts are now linked and you'll receive free charging as long as you have a live energy account with us.

All of our Medium AC (slow) chargers will remain free for all customers with a registered swipe card.
What is your fair usage policy?

The Electric Highway is free to use for Ecotricity energy customers.

There are some Electric Highway members who use the network an extremely high number of times, so we do have a fair usage policy – 52 charges each year (the equivalent of over £300 of free juice). That’s just so that we can ensure fair and equal use of the network.

Not many people use more than 52 charges a year, so it’s very unlikely that this restriction would limit your free use of the network.

All of our Medium AC (slow) chargers will remain free with a swipe card – however, we don’t have many of these and they charge much slower.
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1 Like #1
I looked into this a while back and the tariff costs for both electricity and gas were absolutely horrendous, one of the most expensive in the marketplace!
#2
I don't think it's the same now? I thought they were reasonable.
#3
I drive an electric Mercedes and to be honest why would you want to sit at the services for 2 hours just to get free electric? Certainly not me!!
1 Like #4
Same here they are very expensive... just compared, I'm with Scottish power on a good deal that ends in April. I use economy 7 for charging my EV and running the dishwasher, tumble drier and the immersion heater to heat the hot water tank (that's cheaper than using gas in summer as I have older boiler)
My usage is 4500kwh electric and 15000kwh gas.
ecotricisy is £48 more expensive for the electric and £185 more expensive for the gas.... these costs are from the new Scottish power tarrif available today NOT the better one I'm currently on.

if you use there rapid charger in a Renault Zoe it can't take more than 22kwh charge rate so to get an nearly full battery you need to use it twice costing £12.... to give 80 to 90 miles .. thats way more expensive than using my fiesta diesel.. or your free uses 52 if you have your gas and electric from them actually become 25, as u need to use it twice each time.

strategy clear unless you only want green energy but there are far cheaper suppliers on the market.
#5
I paid First Utility £343 for 12 months electricity in 2016, Ecotricity would want £470 for same use. I am out.
#6
Billythebubble
I drive an electric Mercedes and to be honest why would you want to sit at the services for 2 hours just to get free electric? Certainly not me!!

Why would you sit for 2 hours? Takes about 25 minutes to charge, enough time for a coffee.
1 Like #7
I looked at buying a electric car and in fact garage lend me one for 10 days. Problem i found quoted 120 miles range was in fact 85 miles and few times that i drove to services and Ikea to charge it either the fast cheging station was full or both fast and slow charging station were full. Slow charging station will take 12 hours to charge and fast one 25 minutes charge gave me 60% charge that is if there was a free charging station which i never found one. So its 25 minutes in service sation plus multiple of 25 minutes queing time to get some charge in it.
1 Like #8
I own a 30kw Leaf, advertised range up to 155 miles. Fully charged it has never shown more than 105 mile range.
In reality it is far worse, my daily commute is 36 miles return journey and currently I am having to charge it EVERY DAY as I cannot get 72 miles from a full charge. I am an extremely light footed driver and know how EV's should be driven. Never again will I buy an EV until they sort out the range issues which are quite frankly diabolical!
#9
Al666
Billythebubble
I drive an electric Mercedes and to be honest why would you want to sit at the services for 2 hours just to get free electric? Certainly not me!!
Why would you sit for 2 hours? Takes about 25 minutes to charge, enough time for a coffee.

Old B class doesn't have fast charging.
1 Like #10
'I have done some research into the owner - an environmentalist entrepreneur - we need more of them.'

he owns Forest Green Rovers. voted cold.
#11
Al666
Billythebubble
I drive an electric Mercedes and to be honest why would you want to sit at the services for 2 hours just to get free electric? Certainly not me!!
Why would you sit for 2 hours? Takes about 25 minutes to charge, enough time for a coffee.
my car takes 2 hours to charge I should know I charge it everyday!
#12
muffboy
I own a 30kw Leaf, advertised range up to 155 miles. Fully charged it has never shown more than 105 mile range.
In reality it is far worse, my daily commute is 36 miles return journey and currently I am having to charge it EVERY DAY as I cannot get 72 miles from a full charge. I am an extremely light footed driver and know how EV's should be driven. Never again will I buy an EV until they sort out the range issues which are quite frankly diabolical!


​i was surprised by this, i hadnt realised the batteries were so impacted by speed of travel. ive read that at motorway speeds (75mph for an irish motorway refrenced) the leaf only manages a maximum range of 63 miles. and then, as they get older, the batteries hold less and less charge.
#13
You should get that looked at. Shouldn't take that long on a rapid charger.
#14
Al666
You should get that looked at. Shouldn't take that long on a rapid charger.

You should head to specsavers as you have already been told it doesn't have fast charging. :)
#15
Regprentice
muffboy
I own a 30kw Leaf, advertised range up to 155 miles. Fully charged it has never shown more than 105 mile range.
In reality it is far worse, my daily commute is 36 miles return journey and currently I am having to charge it EVERY DAY as I cannot get 72 miles from a full charge. I am an extremely light footed driver and know how EV's should be driven. Never again will I buy an EV until they sort out the range issues which are quite frankly diabolical!
​i was surprised by this, i hadnt realised the batteries were so impacted by speed of travel. ive read that at motorway speeds (75mph for an irish motorway refrenced) the leaf only manages a maximum range of 63 miles. and then, as they get older, the batteries hold less and less charge.

I don't use the motorway for this very reason as a 10 mile hop between 2 junctions of the M6 near me at 70 mph would take 35 miles off the range!
#16
muffboy
I own a 30kw Leaf, advertised range up to 155 miles. Fully charged it has never shown more than 105 mile range.
In reality it is far worse, my daily commute is 36 miles return journey and currently I am having to charge it EVERY DAY as I cannot get 72 miles from a full charge. I am an extremely light footed driver and know how EV's should be driven. Never again will I buy an EV until they sort out the range issues which are quite frankly diabolical!
I have a 24kw leaf and I regularly get over 100 miles per charge. I can only think you travel fast?
#17
joebuckton
muffboy
I own a 30kw Leaf, advertised range up to 155 miles. Fully charged it has never shown more than 105 mile range.
In reality it is far worse, my daily commute is 36 miles return journey and currently I am having to charge it EVERY DAY as I cannot get 72 miles from a full charge. I am an extremely light footed driver and know how EV's should be driven. Never again will I buy an EV until they sort out the range issues which are quite frankly diabolical!
I have a 24kw leaf and I regularly get over 100 miles per charge. I can only think you travel fast?

No
#18
muffboy
joebuckton
muffboy
I own a 30kw Leaf, advertised range up to 155 miles. Fully charged it has never shown more than 105 mile range.
In reality it is far worse, my daily commute is 36 miles return journey and currently I am having to charge it EVERY DAY as I cannot get 72 miles from a full charge. I am an extremely light footed driver and know how EV's should be driven. Never again will I buy an EV until they sort out the range issues which are quite frankly diabolical!
I have a 24kw leaf and I regularly get over 100 miles per charge. I can only think you travel fast?
No
Something is clearly wrong. Have you thought of taking it back to the garage? Maybe the brake is sticking on slightly?

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