PodPoint Installation Survey - No Off Road Parking!?

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  1. nashville04

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    Hi All
    I'm looking at scrapping in my old Audi A6 for a used Nissan Leaf (one of the upcoming longer range ENV200s would be the dream but would still work out expensive I'm guessing). However, at present we would be looking to cheekily run a power cable from our house (with small front yard) across the short pavement to the car (probably under the darkness of night!) We have tried to discuss this with our local council but they are absolutely clueless on where to begin with this question so we're taking matters into our own hands!

    My question is - if Nissan were to get a survey done for the PodPoint installation would they be likely to say no to this set up???

    Thanks!
     
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    Any such installation is partly funded by the Government grant. Eligibility criteria for the grant states inter alia
    which, I think, means the answer would be "yes, they'd say no".
     
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    What would you do when someone trips over you cable that you suggest to run across a public pavement?
     
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    So what is the option if you live on this type of street?
     
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    You can always have an installation; the issue at hand is whether you qualify for a grant - and seemingly you don't. So, pay for it yourself, without the Grant and risk the cable/tripping issue. Or persuade the local authority as described, to install a local infrastructure. Or move house!
     
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    The type of street isn’t the issue, the property is ;)

    But granted this is a real issue, and another reason the take up is slower than it could be.

    The councils and highway agency are hopefully working on this as there are lots of other challenges. Forget about cables across the pavement, that is simply a big no no. But what when you get approval to have an installation done and someone else parks there. I mean if you don’t have your own parking you can’t guarantee you can actually charge your vehicle at home.

    Most realistic option to me is that you need to charge it elsewhere before you get home.
     
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    I'm not sure what the solution is really, I doubt the current cabling infrastructure is going to be sufficient to be adding a large number of 16 amp charging points.

    Who's going to pay for it, tax payer or road user?

    We're a long long way from EV's becoming the norm.
     
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    Oxford are trialling a number of roadside solutions IIRC including adapting streetlights, gullies across the pavement to take cables from the home, or standalone roadside units.
     
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    It will be interesting to see how that works out...

    Oxford are obviously more welcoming to electric vehicles than ICE vehicles!
     
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    Amen to that, fortunately we have a good bus service so I rarely have to drive into the City.
     
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    I was working in Oxford city centre for 9 months a few years ago, how I (or the company I worked for at the time) never got a ticket of some kind was a miracle! Didn't have a clue where we should and shouldn't be driving. o_O
     

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