25-31 March 2023
Road Trips in EVs are 10-a-penny these days. Land Groats to John O’End happening all the time and people driving Ariyas out of the factory and breezing a Pole-to-Pole.
In 2013 a road trip around UK would have been an “adventure” - in 2023 it is just so mundane as to be ridiculous. Yet the EV-sceptic out there still expect the battery to be in landfill by the time it gets to Norfolk, and that’s if it hasn’t gone up in a spectacular fireball crossing the Suffolk border. Of course “the infrastructure doesn’t work”, “you can’t charge in the rain” and “glorified milk-float, no thank you” are all features of our everyday conversations too - EV Bingo card at the ready?
So, I’ve been saving up my Onto-miles-piggy-bank especially to get on the road and drive six corners of the British Mainland. It was going to be four, then you add in going to other extremities and … well “Six Corners and a Bulgy Bit” - @Six_See_Bee_Bot…_ (Twitter) - and that’s a pun for six_cee_bee_bot _(on Instagram, which I don’t know how to work anyway)
It’s primarily for my own pleasure - no one’s making me do it or sponsoring me (nice Onto gave me a few miles in the tank (<10% of what I need) because they’re using my image in marketing, but that’s complete coincidence); and another nice acquaintance at a fleet charging card operator has tossed me an RFID card for some sites that Onto’s cards won’t reach - JIC. There’s all my conflicts of interest disclosed
There is some seriousness in trying to get a high-level assessment of public charging, challenges, accessibility issues and any vehicle constraints that would render some merit to the “if I can’t drive 600 miles without stopping” brigade’s tropes - these are issues dear to my heart in supporting EV ChargeSafe (who I may be working for again in near future) and their vision for accessibility with safety and security.
I have contemplated sharing the drive (a well-known podcaster friend was considering, but we’re now planning something else)… if anyone’s mad enough to think of co-piloting…you know where to find me
Expecting to cover near 3,000 miles in under a week, so this presents a bit of a challenge. It’s NOT a race, a rally, or any sort of silly stay-awake endurance. Resting and overnight stops are all in there!!!
So Onto Community might like to keep tabs. For particular “operational” reasons I’m planning on a start of March 25 (by the end of the trip it might become clear why) and from west of London (where A30 meets A4) doing a loop starting counter-clockwise. So hoping for Lowestoft Ness by dawn (God knows what Dawn will think of it all, nice girl though)
So - over to Onto Community:
1: It’s the Megane - how efficient might it be over c3k?
2: You’re tripping around the coast of GB - what points merit a stop (e.g. Angel of the North is on the list)
3: Anyone want to meet up as I do a Volt and Bolt somewhere near you? (more route details will follow and I think I’ll be publicising progress on “Glympse” as well as social media updates - and here of course)
4: do you want to open a book on exact mileage I will do from BP at Henly’s Roundabout, Lowestoft Ness, John O’Groats, Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, St Davids, Lands End, Lizard and back to BP… (yeah, I know, that BP didn’t work last time I went there either…)
Over to you lot!