Free electric car charging at Ikea
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Free electric car charging at Ikea

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Found 15th Apr 2016
There does not appear to be many free car charging points for ones electric car, however, I have noticed Ikea do offer free car charging if it helps anyone.

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Most car chargers in UK are free anyway but the more the better. The IKEA chargers are also part of the Ecotricty network which also has its point at motorway services. They're all free to use as well.

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Paul534

Most car chargers in UK are free anyway but the more the better. The IKEA … Most car chargers in UK are free anyway but the more the better. The IKEA chargers are also part of the Ecotricty network which also has its point at motorway services. They're all free to use as well.



According to zap-map.com/live/, they are not. You need to be a fee-paying member (at least in London).

m5rcc

According to https://www.zap-map.com/live/, they are not. You need to be … According to https://www.zap-map.com/live/, they are not. You need to be a fee-paying member (at least in London).



You usually have to pay for a card though most network allow free access if you use free mobile app. Ecotricity is completely free - both card and charging.
CYC charges 20 for a card, pod point is 15, source London is a fiver.

I mostly use Ecotricty and CYC so pay 20/year for the card. I think I only paid once for the actual charging. FYI been driving EV for 2 years

Will i need to unpack it and use a set of screw drivers to put this thing together before i use it?

Will there be parts missing?

Wembley ikea has two , one is offline since a year ago and the other is constantly hijacked by cabbies

I just don't understand why aren't there chademo rapid chargers in central London where 80% of residents for not have access to off street parking to order a home charge. heck if running an extension cable on the pavement I'd do so from my flat to the car.

fahed2000

I just don't understand why aren't there chademo rapid chargers in … I just don't understand why aren't there chademo rapid chargers in central London where 80% of residents for not have access to off street parking to order a home charge. heck if running an extension cable on the pavement I'd do so from my flat to the car.



I don't understand why anyone who lives in London even needs a car.....

Got to love these environmentally friendly cars.

Most of these are coming from government grants, two tax payer funded pieces of help for the electric car industry.

You just need to sign up for a free card at Ecotricity's website

I would actually prefer that they start charging for electricity at these points, as it is annoying to find them in use when you need one. If it cost money, at least drivers would only plug in when needed.

Heat though for OP

All IKEA stores have free charge points. It is an offence for anywhere to buy electricity and sell it on hence why charge points are free to use. Some do require a card to use and a monthly fee for the card rather than paying for the electricity used.
I have an electric car, often charge for free at shopping centres and IKEA, very environmentally friendly, silent and cheaper to run. Still run the risk of arriving at a charge point that may be broken or occupied and not having enough charge to get home again, be a lot easier if they were all provided by the same supplier, online access to see which ones are working and occupied to make journey planning easier, still learning and enjoying the free charge last whilst I shop!!!

Uridium

I don't understand why anyone who lives in London even needs a car.....



......to escape the madness on weekends or evenings maybe.

cabbagekitten

Will there be parts missing?


Overdoing it now.

Uridium

I don't understand why anyone who lives in London even needs a car.....


to get around or go dogging
going in the bus might get busy

Edited by: "effingandjeffing" 16th Apr 2016

It's sort of convincing me to get an electric car, I can charge it in IKEA near me and enjoy a free coffee whilst it is charging

fahed2000

Wembley ikea has two , one is offline since a year ago and the other is … Wembley ikea has two , one is offline since a year ago and the other is constantly hijacked by cabbies


Saw them in IKEA Croydon yesterday.
Saw someone charging their car up.
Have a Fish Friday £1 fish & chips,free hot drink and use free wifi whilst waiting for car to charge.:)

waitrose has these in Ipswich free if it helps near A12/14

There are plenty of different suppliers of electricity and they have different ways of paying or being paid.

There are a few that are charge for but the main one that is free is the one used by far the most and that is Ecotricity. However they along with the others will all end up at some sort of paid for model.. but whatever it is it is likely to be by far cheaper than running an ICE (internal combustion engine for those not in the know!!)

Zoe on 9000 py on a 3 year pcp costs me £145 a month. No tax, no petrol, just charging for about a quid at home and free infrastructure when I am out... Its so cheap to run its unreal! Just be prepared if you live in/travel to london to be blocked out blocked out by ThriEV cabs who take two hours to charge their cars much to the annoyance of myself and other drivers.

Cheers

Phill

deadphill

There are plenty of different suppliers of electricity and they have … There are plenty of different suppliers of electricity and they have different ways of paying or being paid.There are a few that are charge for but the main one that is free is the one used by far the most and that is Ecotricity. However they along with the others will all end up at some sort of paid for model.. but whatever it is it is likely to be by far cheaper than running an ICE (internal combustion engine for those not in the know!!)Zoe on 9000 py on a 3 year pcp costs me £145 a month. No tax, no petrol, just charging for about a quid at home and free infrastructure when I am out... Its so cheap to run its unreal! Just be prepared if you live in/travel to london to be blocked out blocked out by ThriEV cabs who take two hours to charge their cars much to the annoyance of myself and other drivers.CheersPhill




That hire really is a good deal...

I half looked at a Zoe, but the battery rental is real problem. Base Zoe is £14k plus at least £45 a month for the battery, but the base rental only let you do 3k of miles a year, extra miles will be charged at each quarter at 30p a mile.

I do a 40 mile commute each day, which puts me right in the Zoe's target market, if you factor in the runs you wind up doing once home I do !4 to 16K a year miles a year, which makes the battery rental £100 a month. Add in the fact I'd have to charge the car nightly and your looking at £130 a month for "fuel" in terms of the battery hire and charging.

Base Fiesta is £9k, and does 50 or so to the gallon. Same commute works out about £1.4K in fuel.

The Zoe comes in around the £18.5 k mark for three years, The Leaf comes in at £24K, whereas a Fiesta is £14.5k

I do hope Tesla Model 3 succeeds as a way to bring electric to the masses, as while I'd like to go electric the costs don't stack up, and I suspect my commute distances are very similar to many others on here.

effingandjeffing

to get around or go dogginggoing in the bus might get busy



Not a Londoner, however I've driven my car in London. It was a HUGE mistake. It was very costly in parking, just in freaking Tooting. I drove all of three miles and it took around 45 minutes. Not that far away in Reading, and I can travel 6 miles in 12 minutes.

Driving really does seem pointless in London.

We bought our leaf one year old with 6000 miles on the clock for £13,000. With no battery rental it saves us £140 per month and the road tax which is free. Servicing is about £130 and thats about it. Most charge points are free. However some cities have chosen not only to put a charge on the points but also the parking space they are in. There are a few in Durham City which must be paid for. This is through charge your car. Polar is offering 6 months free registration for there charge service which is available more in the south and covers london I think.

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waqasahmed

Driving really does seem pointless in London.



You should try the Tube

eslick

Got to love these environmentally friendly cars. Most of these are … Got to love these environmentally friendly cars. Most of these are coming from government grants, two tax payer funded pieces of help for the electric car industry.



Well you really need t be more knowledgeable about the oil & petroleum industry & what that costs to maintain via tax payers money, ..that'll scare you! ..then look at the cost of "oil wars" in the middle ast, ably assisted by butt licking consecutive uk government, ..think they must have fellated U.S. presidents far more often than Bill Clinton got it from his intern!

MR GUS

Well you really need t be more knowledgeable about the oil & petroleum … Well you really need t be more knowledgeable about the oil & petroleum industry & what that costs to maintain via tax payers money



To be fair the electricity market is probably just as bad, as a lot relies on fossil fuels, in terms of coal, gas and oil.

I also wonder if the power shortage that predicted to be coming in 2020 -2025 would just hit us earlier if we switched en mass to Electricity, not to mention the cost to charge overnight shooting up as electricity prices rise as power stations are being decommissioned due to tax changes making them unviable, and they are not being replaced before they shut down.

MR GUS

Well you really need t be more knowledgeable about the oil & petroleum … Well you really need t be more knowledgeable about the oil & petroleum industry & what that costs to maintain via tax payers money, ..that'll scare you! ..then look at the cost of "oil wars" in the middle ast, ably assisted by butt licking consecutive uk government, ..think they must have fellated U.S. presidents far more often than Bill Clinton got it from his intern!



You need to stand back and look at this, forget the equation of petrol and taxes as that will never change, it's past look to the present and the future and see if electric cars are green as they try to make out. If the raw materials can be mined in an environmentally friendly way. if the raw product can be shipped around the globe and back again before being made into the final product in an environmentally friendly way. If we can produce electricity in an environmental friendly way then the grants are an excellent thing. However reality is none of that is true and the only green thing about green cars is if you chose a green coloured one.

You are right in what you say, however the government are just moving from supporting on e industry to an other in terms of the electricity producers. Only when they brake that down and start to consider other forms will we eventually be able to produce a true environmentally friendly vehicle but I guess that won't be in my lifetime.

One thing I would add here is that when its looked into, even if you factor that the energy supplied to charge your car is from coal, its still less polluting than using petrol or diesel.

Im not entirely sure on the manufacture of cars these days but I believe they are by virtue of an EU directive now forced to use a high percentage of recycled materials. (certainly in the case of an i3 you can see the remnants of an old Ford Ka on the dash!)

Don't believe the claptrap that Clarkson spills on the electric car. The guy doesn't like them so instead just uses mis information to push his own agenda.

Cheers

Phill

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deadphill

One thing I would add here is that when its looked into, even if you … One thing I would add here is that when its looked into, even if you factor that the energy supplied to charge your car is from coal, its still less polluting than using petrol or diesel.Im not entirely sure on the manufacture of cars these days but I believe they are by virtue of an EU directive now forced to use a high percentage of recycled materials. (certainly in the case of an i3 you can see the remnants of an old Ford Ka on the dash!) Don't believe the claptrap that Clarkson spills on the electric car. The guy doesn't like them so instead just uses mis information to push his own agenda.CheersPhill



Sure, but it is the case that there is a cost, both environmental and financial to actually build brand new electric cars and its batteries. I'd rather people would implore bangernomics but sadly there are a few too many people that are rather quite vain.

eslick

You need to stand back and look at this, forget the equation of petrol … You need to stand back and look at this, forget the equation of petrol and taxes as that will never change, it's past look to the present and the future and see if electric cars are green as they try to make out. If the raw materials can be mined in an environmentally friendly way. if the raw product can be shipped around the globe and back again before being made into the final product in an environmentally friendly way. If we can produce electricity in an environmental friendly way then the grants are an excellent thing. However reality is none of that is true and the only green thing about green cars is if you chose a green coloured one. You are right in what you say, however the government are just moving from supporting on e industry to an other in terms of the electricity producers. Only when they brake that down and start to consider other forms will we eventually be able to produce a true environmentally friendly vehicle but I guess that won't be in my lifetime.



However, you are saying how green is the raw material collection ..blah blah blah.. THAT applies to the current ICE vehicles, EV doesn't solve all the problems, it does have the potential to knock exhaust fumes out big time, the development of EV hasalso swung the pendulum on other green projects on the horizon, e.g home storage of energy et al..

BUT, to slate the production of EV when it is an electric motor (high efficiency) within a regular car body, ...design that has been around for years then I can only hope the myopia isnt catching.
with an ev vehicle how much of the vehicle (as a percentile) is actually new, profitability & human form, plus manufacturing wants to max out any investment with least change that hits the existing system design, which is why it's a regular car, with a simple motor (or motors) & a battery pack in essence.

get on point you are referring to mining for raw materials for battery tech right!?

based on the "not as green as" argument, that therefore needs applying to everything running on li-ion et al yes, whenI see that argument brought up with regularity for phones, toys, etc ..all of which never raise an eyebrow here.. I'll be ready to accept more folk are actually thinking about environmental backlash in everyday lives rather than another tired old argument which seems to get rolled out for this particular item, marketing hyperbole works apparantly!

m5rcc

Sure, but it is the case that there is a cost, both environmental and … Sure, but it is the case that there is a cost, both environmental and financial to actually build brand new electric cars and its batteries. I'd rather people would implore bangernomics but sadly there are a few too many people that are rather quite vain.



what percentage of a ICE vehicle utilises recycled materials (in order to make your argument float) compared to an EV, it has been a long tradition to cross purpose parts in white goods, cars etc..
As I recall when replacing an element in my cooker the part code applied to over 140 other ovens / designs using this spec of heating element ...ditto when I was looking for spares for my dishwasher ...generic design is part of the profit margin with a degree of "uniqueness" to flatter the buyer...

thus same vehicle different badge.... Astra (vauxhall) MG, rover, Jaguar, BMW et al

lots of plastic components rejected on quality can be ground down & re-introduced to the system.. it can make sense depending on how you stream & process your materials.

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MR GUS

what percentage of a ICE vehicle utilises recycled materials (in order to … what percentage of a ICE vehicle utilises recycled materials (in order to make your argument float) compared to an EV, it has been a long tradition to cross purpose parts in white goods, cars etc..As I recall when replacing an element in my cooker the part code applied to over 140 other ovens / designs using this spec of heating element ...ditto when I was looking for spares for my dishwasher ...generic design is part of the profit margin with a degree of "uniqueness" to flatter the buyer...thus same vehicle different badge.... Astra (vauxhall) MG, rover, Jaguar, BMW et allots of plastic components rejected on quality can be ground down & re-introduced to the system.. it can make sense depending on how you stream & process your materials.



There is an environmental cost to recycling. Why not just use the product to destruction rather than being forced to accept planned obsolescence?

Like I am with our better quality older production bosch dishwasher? ...& oven, Some of us already are!

Recycling has been put in the hands of corporate profiteers,(issued dividends) but also the reason for sending shedloads of recyclable material abroad (e.g. china) is down to production costs (for starters) &as a point of origin for "competetively priced" goods ..& the ramping down of industry here, cheap chinese goods, lacklustre uk market, ..you as a consumer are part of the solution, make change.

A product used to destruction may still have a second life incidentally.

you got those figures on cars yet?

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MR GUS

you got those figures on cars yet?



I didn't ask the question: you did.

MR GUS

However, you are saying how green is the raw material collection ..blah … However, you are saying how green is the raw material collection ..blah blah blah.. THAT applies to the current ICE vehicles, EV doesn't solve all the problems, it does have the potential to knock exhaust fumes out big time, the development of EV hasalso swung the pendulum on other green projects on the horizon, e.g home storage of energy et al..BUT, to slate the production of EV when it is an electric motor (high efficiency) within a regular car body, ...design that has been around for years then I can only hope the myopia isnt catching.with an ev vehicle how much of the vehicle (as a percentile) is actually new, profitability & human form, plus manufacturing wants to max out any investment with least change that hits the existing system design, which is why it's a regular car, with a simple motor (or motors) & a battery pack in essence.get on point you are referring to mining for raw materials for battery tech right!?



you cannot judge an electric car on its emissions alone out of the exhaust, that's the whole point, there is no way it is green all that is happening is the emissions are moving from one place to another. Similarly with the battery argument, yes other devices exist that use batteries but batteries in cars was to try and replace a problem with emissions all that happened was again moved from one type of emission to another.

m5rcc

There is an environmental cost to recycling. Why not just use the product … There is an environmental cost to recycling. Why not just use the product to destruction rather than being forced to accept planned obsolescence?



The leaf is made out if a lot of recycled products and the batteries as far as they say can be used in data centres for many more years.

ct9001

The leaf is made out if a lot of recycled products and the batteries as … The leaf is made out if a lot of recycled products and the batteries as far as they say can be used in data centres for many more years.



Yup, li-ion (in it's numerous compositions is a recyclable product as are the associated components).
It is my hope to get a crash damaged leaf x2 to utilise battery storage off peak / renewables ..tesla et al is too pricey for this pocket.
even glass from your windscreen is recyclable for instance used in polished concrete floors for light bounce & decor..
Half the problem is that alternate streams for recycling / secondary have not been utilised. (yet).

Uridium

I don't understand why anyone who lives in London even needs a car.....



You're probably not very bright then.

cold from me as electric cars are a con, charging point or no charging points still using fossil fuel at the power station to charge it.

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rasdonny

cold from me as electric cars are a con, charging point or no charging … cold from me as electric cars are a con, charging point or no charging points still using fossil fuel at the power station to charge it.



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