Charging throughout Europe


#1

Just drove roughly 1500 miles from southern Finland to the north-east of England. We had a few hiccups along the way but I’d be interested in hearing if anyone else has experience of charging in mainland Europe. We charged in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium using the Plugsurfing, Virta, Fortum Charge & Drive apps. I’ve now signed up for Newmotion as Plugsurfing isn’t that reliable. It would start charging stations ok but wouldn’t stop them, so I had to ring local customer services (twice in Germany, once in The Netherlands) and ask them to stop the charge remotely.

I came across one non-starting charging station in Belgium, but all others were powered on and reliable.

The CYC app in the UK seems somewhat unreliable, but Pod-Point and Ecotricity were really good - way more reliable than I’d expected.

Has anyone here used NewMotion? I ordered the card last week and it arrived at my parents while I’m in the UK so we’ll probably try charging using the NewMotion RFID card in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands on our way home.


#2

Been using the NewMotion RFID card for a few days now. What an improvement! Get one if you intend to drive abroad.


#3

Can’t comment on NewMotion but as you say Ecotricity are very reliable. Would definitely recommend them for motorway driving in the UK. I also have a Polar subscription which I think is definitely worth it for the £7.95 per month as they have charge points everywhere.


#4

Getting back to this… NewMotion’s payment system didn’t work so well. I was expecting my debit card to be debited, but a month later I got a message from NewMotion accounts department saying that it didn’t go through properly. They never replied to any e-mails I sent them, even though they confirmed they received them when I spoke to customer services over the phone. Long story short, I paid manually via a bank transfer and never heard anything from them again. Hmm…


#5

I’m living in Ireland heading to the UK on the ferry with my Hyundai ioniq. unsure what apps I need to download or cards I need to order in order to be able to charge my car on rapid CCS charge points in the UK, can you please advise?


#6

Definitely download the Ecotricity and Pop-Point apps. CYC (Charge Your Car) app is also available but not too reliable. You can get a RFID tag from CYC which costs £20, but I didn’t think it was worth it considering I was over for such a short period of time. I did use one or two free CYC charging stations and had to get CYC customer service to start and stop the charge. Otherwise it was OK. It’s probably at least worth trying to use their app.

I was lucky enough to have a local Pod-Point 22kW Type-2 station and then used Ecotricity on the motorways. Note that Ecotricity have recently raised their prices a lot for non-subscribing customers. But if you’re only there for a few days it won’t eat into your wallet too much. Pod-point charges are still fairly reasonable - and several (7kW, at shopping centres) are even free.

If you’re going to be in a specific area rather than drive around, I’d look for charging stations in the area using plugshare.com and then figure out which networks they’re on. (Zapmap, or whatever it’s called, is nowhere near as up-to-date as plugshare).