Video by Andrew Till / Mr. EV via YouTube
Planning a route requiring charging stops while you’re driving can often be the most painful thing non-Tesla EV drivers experience. Even when we do find chargers, will they work? Will there be a queue?
I make a 362 mile roundtrip to see my parents in the Fiat 500e and experiment with using various CarPlay apps, as well as testing the infrastructure along a notoriously tricky stretch of motorway. Yes, there were queues.
CarPlay apps tested:
* A Better Route Planner (ABRP): v4.3.1
* Plugshare: v6.20.0
* WattsUp: v2.9
* Shell Recharge: v9.11.1
* PUMP Charging: v1.2.6
* Apple Maps: iOS 16
* Using Live Data (an OBD dongle) with route planning apps like ABRP and Pump make the experience much better and I’ll cover that in another video.
* These apps may have been updated since I used them so improvements have probably been made. Apologies in advance to their creators if I’m showing them in a particularly bad light. I did try to edit it as quickly as possible so it’s relatively current!
* Since I filmed this, Onto no longer include BP Pulse charging in their subscriptions.
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00:00 – Intro
01:36 – A Better Route Planner
07:50 – Plugshare
08:28 – WattsUp
08:58 – Shall Recharge
10:10 – Apple Maps
13:05 – Will IONITY be available?
14:38 – Charger 1: IONITY Cobham
19:34 – Wimborne
21:09 – Charger 2: BP Pulse, QE School
27:00 – Charger 3: Shell Recharge 22kW AC charger, Waitrose, Poole28:55 – Fiat 500e sat nav
29:04 – Back to Wimborne
29:29 – Pump Charging
31:51 – Charger 4: Allego/Shell Recharge, Chandlers Ford
39:06 – Back on the road
40:15 – Charger 5: IONITY Cobham… and a big queue
44:10 – Back home!