Petrol Stations to Install Electric Charge Points

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  1. Alan CD

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    This is interesting:

    Queen's Speech: Petrol stations to go electric - BBC News

    "Petrol stations and motorway services will be required to install electric charge points, under plans outlined in the Queen's Speech.
    The measure forms part of a government push to increase the number of electric vehicles on UK roads."
     
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    Yes, let's hope they do it properly though. It would be a shame if I roll up at my local BP garage and there's just a bank of IP rated 13A sockets because the EV Bill didn't stipulate fast chargers :)
     
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    I wonder who will have to pay for the necessary electrical upgrades.
     
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    They're probably going to double the tax on my other car :facepalm::thumbsdow:(
     
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    The electric chargers will have to be sited well away from the fuel pumps for safety reasons.

    The result of the smallest of sparks and petrol fumes might leave you with singed eyebrows.
     
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    Every fuel station to be equipped with........

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    Stop for a coffee? Sure. Have a few!
     
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    While i get what they are trying to do it just seems to be very liitle very late. They should be mandating that all new build properties, car parks, office blocks and shopping centres, homes have to have charge points.
     
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    It will be interesting to see how they do that on urban sites with a small footprint. I can see them sited next to the air pump in many cases, but sometimes there is a jet washing station there, which is not hugely compatible with mains or higher powered electricity either.
     
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    ....where you can plug your car in, swipe or touch your ordinary bank credit/debit card, and thereby pay for whatever kWh you use at a clearly advertised rate. Just like fossil fuel. No scheme, no app, no membership, no....etc... Just pure Pay As You Go. Or for free if the venue so wishes.
     
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    There appears to be one of those at our local Waitrose. There's a small Polar point with two slow chargers next to a large ugly box with a credit card symbol on it and several fast charge "hoses". I haven't investigated yet. I hope it displays charges up front.
     
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    Not so much - the pumps and lighting are electric...... agree with the last sentence though.

    Making and breaking electrical connections in a hazardous area (flammable gas) is a risk of course. Earth first to make and last to break and a bit of distance and risk is pretty small. The actual zone within the flammable range around a filler whilst you are filling with petrol is a lot smaller than you would imagine. Diesel has a higher flashpoint so even less and LPG has a gas tight connection with minuscule gas release.

    People are the biggest risk in a petrol station -filling containers not on the ground, mobile in holster at filler level that kind of thing.

    Electric chargers a metre or two away where connections are engineered to be in a hazardous zone wouldn't worry me at all.
     
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    A couple of these have appeared in the local car park we use to meet up for car sharing when heading to the golf, I had a good nosy about them and both had NFC/ contactless icons on the pad below the screen so I could only guess they were going to start charging to use them which was interesting as we are considering getting a plug in hybrid in the next couple of months
     

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