Charge 'Round Britain - The Numbers

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Well, we made it. We pulled up outside The Windscreen Residence at about 5pm on Saturday evening to be greeted by painted banners and cheering children, many of which were Andrew's. We had made it around the UK (sure, excepting much of Wales, the very tip of Cornwall and the edge of East Anglia) but, as a numbers wonk, what had we managed, numerically?

I love to break all these things down, so here it is in as much detail as I can muster and, probably, you can stand. I wish I'd thought to record the mileages and amount of charge at each stop from the beginning, but that only dawned on me half way through as I worked out the best way of planning stops. 

The list contains location and charge provider for each stop. An asterisk (*) denotes failed charges because either the unit was broken or, more often, that the unit couldn't authenticate us as valid users.

Day 1 - Ormskirk to Camborne

391 miles - 4.8 miles/kWh

  • Ormskirk (30% charge to start)
  • Liverpool Staybridge Suites* - Polar
  • Holiday Inn Express Hoylake - Polar
  • Oswestry - Ecotricity
  • Hereford Waitrose - Unbranded
  • GB Electrical, Hereford - Polar
  • Bristol Services - Ecotricity
  • Exeter Services - Ecotricity
  • Bodmin - GeniePoint
  • Premier Inn Camborne* - didn't exist any more

Day 2 - Camborne to Folkestone

404 miles - 5.2 miles/kWh

  • Camborne Community Safety Services HQ* - GeniePoint
  • Town Quarry Car Park, Falmouth - GeniePoint
  • Eden Project* - GeniePoint
  • Theatre Royal, Plymouth - GeniePoint
  • Exeter Services - Ecotricity
  • Poole - ChargerNet (Charge Your Car)
  • Concierge Camping, Chichester - Polar
  • Withdean Stadium Leisure, Brighton - Charge Your Car
  • Folkestone (Hotel - No Charger)

Day 3 - Folkestone to Hull

293 miles - 4.8 miles/kWh

  • Folkestone Services - Ecotricity
  • Harvester Dartford Bridge - Polar
  • Holiday Inn Express Colchester* - Polar
  • Capelgate Garage (Capel St Mary) - Ecotricity
  • St James Car Park, King's Lynn - Charge Your Car
  • St Stephen's Shopping Centre, Hull - unmarked

Day 4 - Hull to Inverness

508 miles - 4.9 miles/kWh

  • Bishop Street Car Park, Stockton-on-Tees - Charge Your Car
  • Willowburn Sports & Leisure Centre, Alnwick - Charge Your Car
  • Forth Bridge Visitors' Centre - Charge Your Car
  • South Inch, Perth* - ChargePlace Scotland
  • Broxden Park & Ride, Perth - ChargePlace Scotland
  • Aberdeen Snowsports - ChargePlace Scotland
  • Northfield Terrace Car Park, Elgin - ChargePlace Scotland
  • Premier Inn Inverness West

Day 5 - Inverness to Glasgow

501 miles - 4.8 miles/kWh

  • Cathedral Car Park, Inverness - ChargePlace Scotland
  • Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale* - ChargePlace Scotland
  • Victoria Place Car Park, Wick - ChargePlace Scotland
  • John o'Groats
  • Tongue - ChargePlace Scotland
  • Scourie* - ChargePlace Scotland
  • Ullapool Harbour Trust - ChargePlace Scotland
  • Tourist Information Car Park, Drumnadrochit - ChargePlace Scotland
  • Camanachd Car Park, Fort William - ChargePlace Scotland
  • Concert Square Car Park, Glasgow - ChargePlace Scotland

Day 6 - Glasgow to Ormskirk

275 miles - 5.0 miles/kWh

  • Kilmarnock
  • Brooms Road Car Park, Dumfries - ChargePlace Scotland
  • Kendal County Hall - GeniePoint
  • Blackpool
  • Holiday Inn Express, Preston - Polar
  • Ormskirk

I don't have costs for all of the charges, but I'll ask for a summary of what it would have cost to charge on the Polar Plus units and then add all costs at once.