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User's guide: all about charging your Renault Z.E. electric vehicle

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-03-2014, 08:58 AM
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RE: User's guide: all about charging your Renault Z.E. electric vehicle

Shame Renault went with 'British Gas' (actually Scottish Gas up here) a pretty naff unit with no smart technology whatsoever.
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RE: User's guide: all about charging your Renault Z.E. electric vehicle

And also insist that one uses a wall charger with the Zoe!

My understanding is you either use a dedicated charger or nothing. Not so great in these early days of EV motoring. What does one do when using the car to see friends? The optional 220v traditional plug lead with the Fluence helped.

Other manufacturers aren't following Renault here either, with the latest VW e-Up having a lead to allow slow charging from a household plug. I believe BMW do too with their i3.

Renault leading the way again - to bankruptcy.
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RE: User's guide: all about charging your Renault Z.E. electric vehicle

I genuinely thought you were either joking or were misinformed about owners not able to charge the Zoe via a standard electrical socket.

Er, Renault have clearly lost the EV plot. I'm not sure I should waste any more of my time convincing people of this!
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Crazy isn't it.

I appreciate manufacturers not liking you charging off a 13amp plug all the time, or that by doing so your charge time will be increased. But to totally insist on only using a dedicated charger is crazy. What if you get to a hotel and find their charger broken? You can't just borrow a plug. Effectively it limits the use of the car to within 30 miles of home unless you take the gamble and hope the street chargers near where you're heading are working.

It just adds yet another complication for no perceivable reason. The 13 amp plug lead with the Fluence is a little insurance against getting stuck without a charge.

NOTE: I forgot to add that dedicated chargers are not always the most reliable of things. So what if your dedicated home charger breaks down and British Gas (or whoever) are going to take 2 weeks to get to it? What then? You're stuck. You have a very expensive paper weight.

I assume you'll also be paying out for the battery lease too
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On a slight tangent to this, I hear disturbing new from Ecotricity that their (Welcome Break) network of public recharging points is no longer going to support 7Kw users - there will be Rapid chargers only.

If true, this is madness - Twizy users are already disenfranchised with the refusal to support 13a sockets, and now Mennekes T2 is going the same way?

What is needed is some inline connector that provides the physical link between a Rapid charge point and the Fluence's T2 socket - but I honestly doubt Renault will do anything to facilitate this.
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I believe Renault have now released a 'granny' cable to run from EU mains. I'm not sure it's released here in UK yet, though, and I think it consists of a modification to the Zoe to include an additional internal charger at the lower current rate.

I think you should find that the Type 2 3-phase fast chargers will still accept a 1-phase plug-in at whatever rate the car will take. I'd imagine they are simply not going to support chargepoints of the lower charging rate only.

The whole point of the Type 2 standard is that you can plug in any car into any Type 2 socket and the charging will happen at the fastest rate both can mutually achieve (i.e. the slower of the car or the charger).
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RE: User's guide: all about charging your Renault Z.E. electric vehicle

Eminently sensible (for Type 2). I see on the Fluence it flags this as 'accelerated' charging. As I noted last week - I was unable to charge my ZE from an APT Rapid charger due to the error message advising it would not initialise - and then, what if a Zoe turns up - do defer to his request to use it in rapid mode whilst you kick your heels?
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