"Yay my energy bill is in!" or "How we pay only 9p a unit for our electricity!"

We switched to a time-of-use electricity tariff from Octopus in the summer, from an Economy 7 tariff. This means that the price of electricity varies every half an hour, depending on the wholesale price. Between 4pm and 7pm a peak-time 12 pence is added, capped at 35p/kWh. So there's an incentive to avoid the 4pm … Continue reading "Yay my energy bill is in!" or "How we pay only 9p a unit for our electricity!"

How much can you top up an Ioniq in 10 minutes from a Polar Ultracharger?

To answer this question, I tried out a Polar Ultracharger at the Holiday Inn Swindon, in the UK. The charger is quite close to J15 of the M4, and while the M4 is fairly well-served for charging, it's on the Electric Highway network which is, how shall I put it, a little creaky right now. … Continue reading How much can you top up an Ioniq in 10 minutes from a Polar Ultracharger?

Comparing different rapid chargers on a Nissan Leaf 24. 48kW?!

Many EV drivers have noticed that newer "Rapid" chargers can deliver a lot more power than the older models. So how do the older and newer chargers compare, what does the charging profile look like, and how long does it really take? Not all "rapid" chargers are created equal. Some date from 2012/2013 when Nissan … Continue reading Comparing different rapid chargers on a Nissan Leaf 24. 48kW?!