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Post by photomac » Mon, 31 Aug 2015, 14:57

g4qber wrote: http://electrichighway.rac.com.au/?gcli ... vAodt6UD6Q

Rac electric highway ad
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Not me! All RAC's effort. I like their list of firsts!
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Post by g4qber » Mon, 31 Aug 2015, 15:20

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western ... 6726848783

perhaps tesla can introduce this into their model s?
but then again with self driving cars, maybe not needed

http://www.stwgroup.com.au/news-list/ra ... owered-car
http://www.bestadsontv.com/ad/61061/RAC ... owered-Car
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Post by MDK » Mon, 31 Aug 2015, 16:34

g4qber wrote: http://electrichighway.rac.com.au/

RAC electric highway ad
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Post by g4qber » Tue, 01 Sep 2015, 01:24

RAC unit powered up but fenced off.

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Post by reecho » Tue, 01 Sep 2015, 04:15

All in good time...... :-)




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Post by acmotor » Tue, 01 Sep 2015, 05:03

The message still isn't honest though.
The tesla, as shown in the advertisement, doesn't need a charge en-route except for some un-organised folk. Image
However, whilst the energy is free (until January ?), why not pick up some charge.
Once the recharge costs money and I guess it will be well above the domestic tarrif, you will see folk preferring home, off peak charging.
That probably suggests that the recharges should remain free for the foreseeable future if the real motive for the electric highway is to promote the alternative fuel non polluting transport of the future and not just another commercial grab at the motoring consumer.

Chris, what is the logic behind when the recharges should be charged for ? Do you agree that they should remain free to promote EVs, at least until there are plenty of EVs ?
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Post by photomac » Tue, 01 Sep 2015, 05:13

I think it is fair to help pay for maintenance costs. As the the holiday escapes are infrequent the cost is only for those trips. A bit like country fuel prices being through the roof.
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Post by reecho » Tue, 01 Sep 2015, 05:13

Should be like what Nearmap was......

Free until the interest picks up and demand increases, then apply charges....

But not 2nd mortgage type charges..!!

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Post by acmotor » Tue, 01 Sep 2015, 05:45

Mmmm, infrequent use by a few EVs is not the aim though ?

There are folk who would ban charging of EVs at home and force you to use public charging where you will be charged in line with petrol costs Image
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Post by g4qber » Wed, 02 Sep 2015, 02:09

Rac HQ DC fast charge works with bmw n 2010 imiev. 32 amp ac also upgraded now. But only one to share between 2 parking bays. Smaller bay was only suited for Imiev anyway
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Post by jonescg » Thu, 03 Sep 2015, 12:03

Personally I think they should remain free for the next 3 years. Trying to recover costs, no matter how nominal, will cost far more than the power used. All pay-per-use will achieve is to create a disincentive to use them, and that's contrary to the whole idea. The Margaret River station saw $200 worth of electricity used in 3 months. Assuming that was $0.25 a unit, that's about 800 units. Which is a respectable bit of use for the time it's been in.

Besides, I think the connectivity and payment system annual subscription fee will be so expensive they would be better off with a tip jar on the information counter. It would raise as much revenue and cost nothing to implement.
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Post by photomac » Thu, 03 Sep 2015, 15:32

jonescg wrote: ... The Margaret River station saw $200 worth of electricity used in 3 months. ... Which is a respectable bit of use for the time it's been in... payment system annual subscription fee will be so expensive they would be better off with a tip jar on the information counter. ..


I agree that this is logical. Also, while charging, one is usually spending $5- $20 a head having coffee/meal in the town rather than driving through and wearing the road down.
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Post by Johny » Thu, 03 Sep 2015, 15:41

I think one of the best things anyone can do when charging on the electric highway would be to ensure that the place where you buy the snacks and coffee are aware that you are there BECAUSE you are charging the EV.

That may help when RAC come to make their decision on whether to start charging($) for the service. Then again, RAC may not care less if the locals are getting business...

On the other hand:
Unless you are commuting daily along the route, having to pay for s FC would pale into insignificance and I doubt would discourage EVs being use for the trip. Easy to say from Melbourne Image

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Post by mikedufty » Thu, 03 Sep 2015, 19:22

I just started getting sms messages about the RAC charger from chargestar communique. I suspect I must have signed up for them but have no recollection of doing so. No information in the sms but I replied to it and they have unsubscribed me.
I'm interested in updates by email, but not sms.
Reminds me to follow up with telstra who said they'd stop sending marketing within 30 days but have taken longer.

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Post by acmotor » Fri, 04 Sep 2015, 07:07

I actually changed my vehicle insurance to RAC when they announced the eWay, even though they did not list the imiev on their online quote system. When I originally bough my i , RAC didn't actually offer EV insurance.

Perhaps the eWay should remain free to RAC members ? Image

No matter how little any charge may be for the eWay, it will give the wrong message and reduce EV incentive.

There is still the difference between EVs that NEED the charge and those that are just picking up free energy.
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Post by g4qber » Wed, 09 Sep 2015, 14:18

http://api.plugshare.com/view/location/69956

Any leaf or tesla owners tried the chademo charger at Augusta?
CCS wasn't working for bmw when I was down there - 29 August - LOL in Augusta in August
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go with Google Maps

I've since changed the address on Plugshare (PS) cos PS on iOS uses Apple maps
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Post by g4qber » Sat, 12 Sep 2015, 19:03

23 August Sunday times Perth now
Electric highway article

Online version
http://www.news.com.au/national/western ... 7494393139
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Post by g4qber » Tue, 15 Sep 2015, 22:01

Current status of RAC eWay
a) RAC HQ - CCS error
b) Mandurah - OK
c) Bunbury - OK
d) Busselton - CCS clip broken
e) Mararet River - CCS clip broken
f) Augusta - CCS error
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Post by g4qber » Sat, 19 Sep 2015, 02:14

Rac hq. White screen but charges bmw and ants Imiev
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Post by g4qber » Tue, 22 Sep 2015, 02:41

RAC HQ power cycled by Glenn RAC staff.
Good now.
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Post by adelaide-ev » Sun, 27 Sep 2015, 22:21

Sois the fast charger at Harvey open yet?
Or what,s the best way to get to bunbury in an iMieV??
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Post by reecho » Mon, 28 Sep 2015, 01:24

Harvey isn't due to go live until late October unfortunately...

You could call into Carnaby's Park for a topup between Mandurah and Bunbury....

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Post by g4qber » Mon, 28 Sep 2015, 07:56

Was that you sally in a blue imiev with sa plates on barrack st Perth ?

I waved but you looked like you were on a mission
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