here is the text extracted from a number of Little Chef tweets following our criticism of their 7kW deployments;
"Hello everyone, thanks for your comments on our electric car chargers.
Little Chef are currently working with Nissan, looking into the feasibility of installing DC chargers. We wanted to put an offer in place, so we have, and we are now working towards faster solutions for the middle of next year.
William de Laszlo would like to invite anyone that would like input into our car charger offer to a lunch at 35 Davis St (W1K 4LS) on November 1st.
If you are interested please email Littlechef@cakegroup.com"
We are proposing to attend this lunch on masse and ensure that Little Chef are left in no doubt that we NEED 50kW DC (and 43kW AC) Fast Charging NOW.
We will be posting on the following Leaf Talk forum;
Do we know that this William de Laszlo is actually with Little Chef? Google would suggest not. The address is a PR agency I believe.
I would encourage everyone in the UK to attend this meeting and help Little Chef understand why we need 50kW DC (CHAdeMO) and 44kW AC ("mennekes") and how that would make them THE on-route charging location.
I have requested an invite but not received one. I am re-requesting by a second email tonight.
Just saw that Kevin, excellent!
Here's my report on the Little Chef meeting (lots more details to follow in the next few days)...
Incidentally I visited the little chef (eastbound) near ringwood (Restaurant Details : Little Chef) earlier today. The chargemaster point was on the wall of the restaurant (not immediately visible you have to go wandering to find it), and it appeared operational (unlike me, still without a mennekes adaptor ). I've not seen a chargemaster point before. I found it odd that both the charge port flaps had been left ajar. I lifted each to see there was one 13A and one mennekes connector as expected, and closed them, after which I couldn't open them again.
On my way out, I asked a member of staff about it. I learned that:
- They keep rfid cards inside the restaurant you can borrow (with deposit) if you don't have one
- She claimed it was accessible 24 hours a day (and I could see nothing that would stop you getting to it after the restaurant had closed)
- In what she estimated was 6 weeks since it was installed, it has been used only once to her knowledge
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