I tried to charge my electric car in Hull and…

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I tried to charge my electric car in Hull and…

I tried to charge my electric car in Hull and ended up at a cemetery and Starbucks – and almost broke down
2021-12-11 05:00:00
Let's be real, we all need to be doing our bit to be cutting our emissions to preserve the planet for our kids and grandkids. Giving up the combustible engines – if you have the means to – is one way we can all do this. For more Hull and East Yorkshire news, click here But while more are switching to electric to help the planet, Hull remains one of the worst places in the region for public charging points with only 14 per 100,000 people, according to the Department for Transport. So with that in mind, we decided to drive around to see how easy or difficult it is for those who drive electric vehicles and rely on public charging points. As someone who recently made the switch and relies on public points, I tested the waters in a Renault ZOE, which is fully electric. Yes, I know it needs a wash I start out at Hull Marina in my search for a spot to plug in and give the car some juice. The Zap Map app, which shows you all the available spots and whether they’re free, tells me there’s a charger at the nearby Holiday Inn car park on Castle Street. As it turns out, the ongoing roadworks mean the car park is closed off. Sigh. So I carry on, and head to Hessle Road, where there are still no chargers. My app tells me my nearest is in The Avenues – at Chanterlands crematorium. I’m greatly confused as to why a place of calm and reflection where people say goodbye to their loved ones is an appropriate spot to juice up your Nissan Leaf. But there you have it. Hull Live Reporter Susie Beever tests an electric car to see how easy it is to charge from public points in Hull On approach, panic sets in that I’m going to roll up as a service is beginning and find myself wedged between a cortege, Inbetweeners-style. But panic turns to relief, before frustration, when I rock up to find that not only is there no funeral on, but there’s also no charging point at all. I looked everywhere. This sometimes happens with the Zap Map app – many an occasion have I circled Aldi car parks looking for an entirely fictional charging point. So I head to the University where the map says there's one on campus, which is helpfully in the multi-storey car park behind the Wilberforce Building. Call me cheap, but I don’t fancy paying to park just so I can charge my car, so I do a swift and embarrassing U-turn at the gates and journey on. The next nearest spot is the Tesco superstore on Beverley Road, and by this point I’ve spent 5 per cent of my waning battery on this semi-circular drive around the city. The charger at Tesco wouldn't work after inexplicably refusing to accept my card Luckily, this one both exists, and doesn’t want to take my money for the luxury of even parking there, but sadly it’s in use. I wait ten minutes for it to become free only for it not to accept payment. By this point I’m increasingly worrying the car is going to just die in a lay-by on the A165. Last try, I drive to Clough Road where there is an InstaVolt charging point at the Starbucks Drive-Thru, according to the app. You know what they say, sixth time’s a charm. One of the chargers is free, so I plug in, swipe the contactless machine and straight away hear the click that means something is happening. It costs £8.91 – definitely cheaper than petrol. Bingo This exasperating journey is by no means what it’s normally like searching for somewhere to charge an electric car, but it goes to show just how bad the infrastructure currently is in Hull. Not everyone has the means to charge from their home due to living in flats or homes with no parking spaces right outside, so if we are expected

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