Electric cars that can’t be plugged in…

Since the mysterious addition to the car park in September last year, it seems that the electric vehicle charging point hasn’t been getting a lot of action:

Is year of the electric car driving to a dead end?

Take the example of the London borough of Lewisham (pictured) where the council has put in a dual charging point only to hastily remove it over a ‘hiccup’.

The council, through a contractor, placed the charging point on the wrong side of a car park in the busy shopping area of Blackheath in south London – away from the electricity supply.

About two months ago the point was originally installed with markings reserving one space next to it for an electric car.

However, today while the charging point has been moved to the other side of the car park to get power – the reserved parking signage has not.

Sounds like a bit of a cock-up, but nothing that can’t be resolved with some paint-stripper and a can of brilliant white… Has anyone actually seen a car being charged in the car park?

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5 responses to “Electric cars that can’t be plugged in…

  1. I’d be surprised if anyone here will have seen a car being charged at this point given the tiny numbers of people using them:

    http://www.adambienkov.com/2011/09/boris-johnsons-electric-revolution-has.html

    Most electric car drivers will charge them at home for the simple reason that it takes so long to do.

  2. What’s the difference between Source London:
    http://www.sourcelondon.net/map.php

    And Pod Point?
    http://www.pod-point.com/live-availability/

    Is it the same scheme??

  3. Alan Burkitt-Gray

    There are two charging points in Roan Street, SE10, that I’ve cycled past two or three evenings a week for the past two years. I’ve NEVER seen any vehicle plugged in the them.

    (They are in place of the parking meters on this Google Streetview image: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=roan+street&hl=en&ll=51.479865,-0.013459&spn=0.001351,0.003433&oe=UTF-8&safe=active&hnear=Roan+St,+London+SE10,+United+Kingdom&t=h&z=19&vpsrc=6&layer=c&cbll=51.479865,-0.013459&panoid=_wfag2FsKpJ4uFB1tWOuJw&cbp=12,12.8,,0,13.71

  4. Heroically, I parked in the ‘recharge only’ bay today while I was at the farmers market. It was the only space available.

  5. I saw someone use the charging point last week must have been a first in the near two years it’s been there!

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