Just finished a 450 mile drive from Scotland to the south coast in my Onto ID3. My route is well-served by Ionity charging stations and I do 3 stops at Alnwick, Leeds and Milton Keynes.
I’ve been doing this drive in a variety of Onto EVs for about 2.5 years. Obviously we’ve only had access to Ionity and the Shell card for about 2 of those years.
I was really struck today how things have changed over the last 6 months.
6 months ago, I could almost always be guaranteed an available charger on arrival at each of the Ionity locations. Today, all of the stations were full on arrival. Although I didn’t have to wait more than 10 minutes, by the time I left Leeds there were about a dozen EVs waiting for the 6 units, all in use.
I guess this is the result of factors including:
- Increased EV numbers on the roads
- Increased Christmas travel volumes
- Increased charging demand in cold and wet conditions
- Ionity still being priced at 69p/kWh (which was once eye watering but is now below market rate)
What is annoying is that there was a lot of charging to very high SOC (well beyond 80%), including two cases of unattended vehicles sitting at 100%.
Compared to an ICE, today’s EV journey felt like more of a compromise than it has in the past. It was a hark back to the days of driving the Zoe at 65mph and hunting a rare working polar unit in a hotel car park.
In the mobility transition, it feels like we’ve just taken a bit of a step back over the last 6 months. We need a bit more infrastructure and innovation to keep powering on.