[quote=“Kevin Sharpe;5565”]Can I suggest you undertake some basic research so that you understand the difference between ZeroNet and [URL=“http://openchargemap.org/site/”]OpenChargeMap? You might also try working with the EV drivers trying to make a difference rather than just complaining!
Remember no compulsion here… feel free to drive past the 269 ZeroNet charging locations in the UK and ignore the OCM and OVMS developments… personally they have helped me drive more than 46000 EV miles in the last three years, including a 3472 mile trip from the UK to Vienna and Zurich that I completed yesterday.
such a shame the UK Government didn’t take your advice when they funded the NCR (the least accurate database in the UK).[/quote]
Why SHOULD I have to care about ‘understanding the difference’ between one type of mapping data and another? It the enterprise states its goal is to make an accurate online resource available to facilitate EV users, why should I have to even attempt to work out which is wildly inaccurate and which is overlooking sites established and used for 4+ years?
Of course it isn’t helped when the post provider/operator cannot even manage to locate the map pin even in the vicinity of the the socket - a quarter-mile distance is good enough (isn’t it, Chargemaster?). As for simply complaining, I spent be last five years adding details and data to a variety of websites to assist the community. The posts are still there, and operational - yet the data I provided has either been lost, overwritten, of vanished. So as an EV user who supported the concept and worked at making it better, it is somehow my failing that the multiplicity of mapping sites couldn’t keep to a common data set then embellish to provide a USP for their particular offering?
As for avoiding 269 ZN points - it’s fairly easy - there are none showing within range in any direction I would wish to travel. As I noted before, I’m only located in the largest city in Scotland - hardly a country backwater. As for the EV distance ‘milestone’ - overlooking this as either a stunt or the equivalent of willie-waving, it suggests you have missed the point of my real concerns. To make EV use succeed, we need easy access to recharge points. Not some logistics exercise to prove it can be done. P&O helpfully gave me a recharge on a ferry between Scotland and NI (as long ago as 2009) it made the local paper, and that was it.
Having BTDT on the pioneering front, its time to cease the showboating and make it a reality. As long as we have multiple databases, RF controlled access with unobtainable key-cards, we remain whistling in the dark.
As for NCR - this appears no better, but isn’t this a PodPoint initiative? And absolutely no use to Twizy drivers? As for the UK Govt funding - It appears whether public or private the data sets are as useful as an out of date railway timetable. But at least with that is if it is running and you get there on time, you can use it. Not be told you gave the wrong plug or card and its tough luck.