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3twins
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Post by 3twins » Tue Jan 11, 2022 6:05 pm

Hi Folks,

I'll be picking up my New ID.3 in Kent and driving it to Liverpool or Cairnryan to get back to Belfast. I believe the Ionity chargers are reliable and may plan my stops to either destination based on the Ionity network. It looks like I can set up We Charge Go for free.(see below) But I was wondering if this is something that I can make active at the dealers when I pick the car up as I will be embarking on my road trip? Otherwise I will be looking at plan B

"Volkswagen Group Charging GmbH (Elli) offers customers who buy new ID. models with high-speed charging capability (charging capacity from 100 kW, subject to equipment) the We Charge Go plan at a discount with no monthly basic fee and the We Charge Plus plan for £7.99 per month for one year if they purchase a plan by 30 June 2022. The above plans each have a contract period of 12 months. The discount offer is not available to customers who buy used ID. models with high-speed charging capability."

Plan B might be to go to Liverpool with one stop at Rugby Gridserve which I believe can be accessed with a normal credit card, but which might be busy? For plans C,D etc what apps would you recommend I put on my phone :)

Many thanks.

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Post by sidehaas » Tue Jan 11, 2022 6:47 pm

Getting my car in a week so can't answer you on plan A, but on plan B/C:

Get zapmap if you don't have it.
I've done a bit of research in to this route as I'm near Liverpool and we have relatives in Ramsgate.
My suggestion would be to use Rugby as you suggest, with a plan B of Corley (the next services along) if you have trouble at Rugby - there is a bank of 8 Instavolts there. Not as fast but reliable and numerous.
Unless you have a Tour with close to 100%, then depending where you are starting in Kent, getting to Rugby in the cold might be close. So you might want to plan a short stop somewhere. There is a new hub being built at Thurrock which would be ideal, but I don't think it's open yet. In the meantime it probably makes sense just to use either the Gridserves at one of the services along the way (any except Welcome Break) or there are a few options for Instavolt and Osprey chargers just off the motorway that you can find easily on zapmap.
(Edit to add, all the above take contactless credit cards)
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Post by MotMot » Tue Jan 11, 2022 7:47 pm

If the M1 is busy/blocked the InstaVolts (8) at Banbury provide a M40 option.

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Post by scott28tt » Tue Jan 11, 2022 9:14 pm

You should be able to activate the We Charge plan at any time through the We Connect ID. app, but you will need the physical RFID card to be able to use all the Ionity chargers - sessions on some of them can be started directly from the We Connect ID. app now, but best to have the card in case…
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Post by Utumno » Tue Jan 11, 2022 9:52 pm

MotMot wrote:
Tue Jan 11, 2022 7:47 pm
If the M1 is busy/blocked the InstaVolts (8) at Banbury provide a M40 option.

And very handy they are too. Way better than schlepping further up to Warwick Services and taking potluck dodging the Audi S4's and BMW X5's ICEing the semi-functional charging point spaces 😂
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Post by 3twins » Tue Jan 11, 2022 10:02 pm

Thanks for all the help folks. I'm picking the car up from Gillingham so Rugby is 130 ish miles away according to ABRP with the same again to Liverpool. I was hoping a 100% charge would get me to Rugby and ABRP recons that an 86% charge will get me to Birkenhead with 20% to spare. I only live six miles from the ferry terminal on the other side so plenty to get home. The route via the M40 sounds good too. I had a look at the ionity site and it says that they don't issue RFID cards now, or have I missed something?

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Post by Utumno » Tue Jan 11, 2022 10:15 pm

IONITY uses either a partners RFID card, their app, or a mobile web browser. They don't offer their own RFID's.

For a one-time payment it's probably worth just using the one-off payment website on a mobile phone; you don't need to register or install an app for that. You'll pay top rate though.
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Post by MotMot » Wed Jan 12, 2022 6:42 am

Use contactless or the app for InstaVolt. Contactless only for Gridserve.

You’ll be fine (I’ve done Manchester to London and back a few times in freezing crap weather) using either Rugby or Banbury. As there are loads of chargers at both it’s worth waiting - unless there is a que of > 4-5 cars etc…

If it gets squeaky bum on range then there’s Gridserve at Lymm services, or as you’re going to Birkenhead - there are 3 GeniePoint chargers at the National Waterways museum at Ellesmere Port that not many people seem to know about… jist off the motorway. National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port
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Post by DumfriesDik » Wed Jan 12, 2022 6:58 am

Gretna services have Ionity.

And Stranraer is about 100 miles.

Top tip, carry on up north on the M74 to Lockerbie and come down to Dumfries on the A709. Then head to Stranraer enjoying the A75 with all the pleasures it has to offer. Lochs, sea, hills and red kites swooping around you.
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Post by 3twins » Wed Jan 12, 2022 9:14 am

Aye its a nice part of the world. Quite often avoid the A75 altogether and run up through new Galloway and the single tracker to New Luce then the run down to Cairnryan past Castle Kennedy or up round Penwhirn reservoir......no traffic on those roads :)

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Post by 3twins » Sat Jan 15, 2022 7:49 pm

Thanks Folks for all the advice. Decided to go with the Liverpool option in the end. The adventure begins on Thursday night and will hopefully ends with the car and I in Belfast on Sunday Morning :)

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Post by Utumno » Sat Jan 15, 2022 11:32 pm

3twins wrote:
Sat Jan 15, 2022 7:49 pm
Thanks Folks for all the advice. Decided to go with the Liverpool option in the end. The adventure begins on Thursday night and will hopefully ends with the car and I in Belfast on Sunday Morning :)

Let us know how you get on!
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Post by Scratch » Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:40 am

Make sure the dealer charges the car to max. Some don't. I think ours did.

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