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    Smart meter how long without electricity

    It's not that niche, since one of the prime examples of needing to isolate is when fitting an EV chargepoint (in the fairly common case where it isn't practical to do that as a circuit within the existing consumer unit). Without an isolator switch, you either break the law or suffer significant...
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    UK and Ireland Marketplace - For Sale / Wanted / Free

    I'm also looking for these. @Jite obviously got there first, but if that falls through or you also still have the 13A then I'm interested. Thanks.
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    So for 12 V3 supercharger stalls, plus 4 bays with AC. One interesting quote from the documents: It is anticipated that there will be approx. 120 users of the chargers a day, with 18-20 users per hour between peak hours. It is anticipated that there will be between 8-10 users overnight. The...
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    Gridserve Charger Sites in UK [megathread]

    I haven't been to Braintree, but here's Trumpington: which is the same as you posted earlier for Norwich. So the only reasonable assumption is that this is a continuous rating and it is exceeded for short periods. There's no reason to suppose a fixed percentage, as Tesla have temperature...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    I believe the incident you are remembering applied to Leicester Forest East (which was to have storage on one side of the motorway and superchargers on both sides, connected via a cable over the footbridge, according to the plans). But in the end that never got built at all for other reasons...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    Those bases look a lot more like future expansion of the Gridserve installation than Tesla. Is there any room elsewhere (but near enough to share the power feed) that Tesla could go?
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    Gridserve Charger Sites in UK [megathread]

    Well, on the one hand it's just down the road from Woodall, so if Tesla complete their planned expansion at Woodall (a big 'if', I admit), it would be a bit redundant. On the other hand, that Gridserve presentation shows only 22 chargepoints in the main section under the building (plus 3 that...
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    Gridserve Charger Sites in UK [megathread]

    Very interesting! Given that the CCS connectors generally are rated for 1000V, it's not too surprising that Tesla rates theirs similarly since the rating is mainly about the geometry (creepage distances etc.), but the current rating is a bit unexpected - being neither Tesla's own top limit nor...
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    Gridserve Charger Sites in UK [megathread]

    Which rating plate are you talking about - Tesla or the other Gridserve chargers? And if Tesla, is it different from the one seen previously: That one fairly clearly says that the outputs are 250kW, 631A, 0-500V - so they can achieve the full 250kW at voltages down to 396V. The only reference...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    Brighton has also split the long-standing marker into "Brighton" and "Brighton Station" with only the latter having a concrete target date (and the "Brighton" marker is positioned close to the station while "Brighton station" is a mile or so up the road!). So at best limited accuracy in this...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    See the discussion a couple of pages back - V3 are clearly grouped in fours with some measure of shared resources within the cabinet. For a site like Adderstone with 6 stalls it would have been logical to group them 3+3, but it may be that they were done 4 + 2. The comment above that 2A/2B/2C...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    They are now tarmac-ing a larger area than before - as detailed in the planning application, they tarmac-ed one side of the existing gravel carpark for the stalls themselves, leaving the other half available for turning but still gravel; now they are apparently doing the same on the other side...
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    Green number plates on non-BEV'S

    The one on Elizabeth Way over the river (the dual-carriageway section that's now 1 lane + bus lane).
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    Green number plates on non-BEV'S

    There have been some concessions - for example, parking in parts of London where there were relaxations for EVs and there were problems with parking wardens not being able to identify an EV. Or the bus lane near me with a sign saying that Zero Emission vehicles are allowed in the bus lane...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    I dropped in there this morning. They've extended the parking surface sufficient for 8 stalls, but there's no actual stall hardware as yet, so it could just be space for future expansion. Rather curious is that they've made it for precisely 8 stalls, with a curb at the end limiting the width -...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    The accompanying documents say "36 electric vehicle charging spaces". On the plan, there's 8 clearly marked at the filling station and then another area at the side of the site with 31 spaces but only 26 shown with charging equipment; the "Transport Assessment" document clarifies that there are...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    The former MD of Welcome Break (who was an early Tesla owner himself) moved on, and the business was sold to a larger group (Applegreen). Those events seem to explain the change of strategy at WB. Meanwhile, the other groups (Moto, Roadchef) had woken up to the need to be doing more - my...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    Has anyone gathered any info on the sharing at V3 sites? It seems fairly clear from the rating plates on the cabinets that while 250kW can be delivered to any one charging stall, each V3 cabinet has only 350kW max AC input at 480V (so probably less at 400V). There is then an 800V DC bus which...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    In general, once you see a site on the in-car nav then you can be pretty sure it is fully built and operational. Other sources of info (Tesla website, supercharge.info, this thread...) are less reliable: there have been several examples of sites that have been powered up and someone who...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    That's primarily a concern with 300kW units (which can't be achieved with standards-based CCS without 800V). 150kW can be delivered at 400V with standards-based CCS, and I haven't identified any 150kW units that need 800V - have you? Anyhow that's certainly not applicable to the old Ecotricity...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    What were the other cars doing? All are supposed to be reversed into a space and using the post which straddles the space they are parked in and the one towards the passenger side. So the post that straddles the line between the motorcycle bay and the charging bay to the left (as viewed from...
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    Generator now able to charge my Tesla

    I'm surprised I didn't give you this answer at the time. Note that the issue is in the UMC (which attempts to validate that you have a good earth connected), rather than the car (which in some markets needs to charge from isolated supplies). I believe Tesla supply a different UMC in Norway...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    Thetford also showing "temporary closure" this afternoon. Unfortunately I'm not close enough to find out why.
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    30 hour wait for recovery. Lessons learnt.

    Re the window opening- I thought that was a deliberate feature to stop you getting locked out when the 12V shuts down. Not sure of the details though.
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    No recent knowledge, but a couple of weeks ago it appeared to have one stall out of order: I had my eye on it on a couple of trips down the A303 and it flipped between "1 stall available" and out-of-order, presumably as people came and went. This is one of the very first UK supercharger sites...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    Are you sure? For the past several years it's been 8 operational out of 12 (with all the equipment present initially but numbers limited apparently due to lack of available power at the site)
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    Retrofit CCS on 2016 S cost query

    Note that all of the sites that you previously used still have both connectors, and for cars without the upgrade the sites won't show up on the nav unless they are compatible, However, there are increasing numbers of new sites that are CCS only, and so the upgrade has a lot of merit if you...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    Now that the Camborne has appeared on the nav, beware that it takes you to the wrong entrance - to a locked gate marked "contractors only"! You need to go to the next traffic light along the main road and wiggle round the back of the building that houses Fibrehub. The correct turning off the...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    How have you racked up a cost of £3.08 for only 3kWh added (based on your screenshot)? Most expensive charging in town....
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    Changing our shoes

    Inflatable lifting bags?
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    DC fault current monitoring for charging station

    Yes, I was (back in April) talking about gen2
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    Here's how to charge with 32A commando in UK

    Car can't open its own charging contactors because there isn't one where it's needed - in the earth conductor.
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    Tesla Supercharger network

    In early Model S with free supercharging (eg. my 2014 S85), the map info does NOT display the price per kWh. It does display the idle fee for the location. This is somewhat reasonable as this car doesn't pay per-kWh fees. Less reasonable is that there is no way to get the prices from outside...
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    Timer charging restricted to 16A?

    I was having possibly related problems (2014 S85, wouldn’t charge in winter due to bug whereby it switched off the supply if only running the battery heater and not yet charging; workaround by manually turning on the heat from the app). Eventually this appeared to be fixed in a software update...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    It’s weIl used but I don’t think it gets actually full. The Superchargers are at the very far end, in a sort of odd left-over bit of parking: the bit behind the service building is nominally short-stay for meet-and-greet (its a major bus interchange as well as P&R), but the Superchargers are...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    The map marker is obviously wrong (that bit of Easton Lane is a bike route and not accessible by car), but the existing Tesla service centre is on the other half of Easton Lane. So this is fairly clearly a Supercharger at the service centre, as is becoming common practice. Indeed, I thought...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    I haven't got links to them, but there are photos floating around of both the rating plate and the insides of the V3, plus various public statements about their capabilities. It is very clear that the V3 cabinet has a single shared front end driving a DC bus at 900V, with then individual...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    Trumpington mini update: nothing happened most of last week (half term), but tonight the tarmac has been patched and there was a guy still on-site wrestling cables into the transformer. So the Tesla side of things will be finished imminently. However, the DNO seem to still be on holiday- no...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    I think you are being a bit optimistic there, with many of these designs needing two power conversion stages (with the need for power factor correction etc). Tesla claim only 91.5% for the V2 supercharger; I haven't seen a figure for V3, but V3 is definitely a two-stage design. Also, your...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    Thought I should check out Trumpington since it's on my doorstep (gutted I didn't find it first - this time last year I was biking right past every other day, but this year by chance I haven't been for the past few weeks). As reported elsewhere, 12 stalls of V3; all the stalls and wiring are...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    A428 has Wyboston at the other end of it, only 17 miles further. Also, if Bar Hill Gridserve does get built in the expected location, it's easy to get back on the A428 after diverting there (a couple of miles on minor roads, but no net increase in distance).
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    However, reading the document you linked, Woodall got approved but the proposal for Wetherby was not accepted for this round (or at least, 'Wetherby phase 1' was accepted, but 'phase 2' - the actual cable to the MSA and associated substation - was not).
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    Gridserve Charger Sites in UK [megathread]

    I think it's 99% certain they are supplying the money and the equipment, and pretty clear they are providing the operational support too. Ecotricity just supplying the branding (and the relationship with moto).
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    Is it still possible to get a 3-phase 16A UMC charger in Europe?

    To be legal (at least by UK regulations) your socket needs to be an interlocked one rather than the simple one you posted a picture of. For example: Gewiss IEC 309 32A Switched Interlocked Socket 240V GW66015 | RS Electrical Supplies 6mm^2 cable is normally suitable. It would be conventional...
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    Is it still possible to get a 3-phase 16A UMC charger in Europe?

    No. If they are blue, the "3P" means "3-pin", not "3-phase". So if you have a 32A blue adapter for your UMC then that's 32A single phase and supports 7kW approx. 3 pins: Line, Neutral, Earth. If you had a 3-phase socket it would be red, and would have 5 pins: L1, L2, L3, N, E. Your car is...
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    DC fault current monitoring for charging station

    No (unless they've recently changed it). The installation instructions for the Tesla WC call for an external Type B RCD. They do have a basic RCD function, which I believe is quite sensitive - aimed to trip before an external RCD - but it is AC-only.
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    2020.48 lack of sleep and bizarre charging issues

    Not resolved for me running 2020.48.37.1.
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    Gridserve Charger Sites in UK [megathread]

    On the contrary - there's all these planning applications we've been looking at with 12x Tesla + 12x Ecotricity, and we've been saying "how are Ecotricity going to affford this, they are broke?", and now the answer is revealed, they have new investment. So for Tesla drivers the bigger news is...
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    Wiki UK and Ireland Supercharger Site News

    I think we are now expecting an alternative site nearby (as there's no sign of movement on the planning, appealed and lost some time ago). Worth keeping an eye on, but I think you are more likely to see the equipment removed than commissioned. Sleuthing alternative sites may yield results...

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