After 18 months and a shade over 26000 miles with ONTO, I felt slightly melancholy driving my final 200 mile trip last night before returning to ICE for financial reasons, following the price increases and mileage reductions. It’s been a brilliant and friendly experience overall and ONTO for Business have been faultless.
But last night’s trip did leave me with a bitter taste where public charging is concerned. Driving south, I planned to charge at Rotherham Instavolt off the M18. I arrived to find the car park alive with chavs wandering about and cars doing handbrake turns and burnouts. I dodged past the wandering kids and swung past the chargers but there was no way I felt safe stopping there, let alone plugging in for 50 minutes. Additonally, I noticed that the broken charger was srill broken (reported weeks, if not months ago) with apparently no resolution. The other unit hasn’t accepted RFID for weeks either, requiring a phone call to get it started, and at last check this was no different.
So I nursed the car down to Markham Vale on “vapours” and plugged into Instavolt there, to receive a meagre 25kW from the 125kW pair. Aborted the charge and then moved over to Osprey who delivered me a solid 47kW.
Whilst not the end of the world or something I’m unable to deal with, my overriding thoughs were :
This is how the experience was 18 months ago. The number of chargers may be slowly increasing, but the experience and frustration is largely the same.
Instavolt may be losing their reputation for reliability - their older chargers are getting flakey, their newer chargers are horrible to use and whilst their phone presence is responsive and friendly, their equipment seems to be staying broken for longer.
I really look forward to returning to EV, for sure, but it’s unlikely to be until good quality second hand EVs are affordable and public charging is vastly improved.