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Charge my car
Originally uploaded by sbisson.
An electric car charging station on a London street.

Spotted originally with a small vehicle actually plugged in - and with what appeared to be an official photographer at work, snapping away while the car was disconnected.

I suspect that it's a fairly recent installation...

Covent Garden, London
March 2007

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mnelson
Mar. 2nd, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
The charging stations would be more popular if they were designed to look like a TARDIS...
megadog
Mar. 2nd, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Or a Dalek?
quercus
Mar. 2nd, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
Just wait until the next Who episode, when they're all posessed by Cyberchargers....

If you see electric cars in Cardiff, start worrying.
quercus
Mar. 2nd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Does it work though, or was it just a repainted plastic dustbin brought along by the photographer?
marypcb
Mar. 2nd, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
it went from blue to green when they plugged the car in...
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marypcb
Mar. 2nd, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Re: fast charger then...
thinking about it, we saw it plugged in and we saw the light go from green to blue when it was unplugged, so green could = finished charging. Would amber for charging or green for you have power make more sense here? Need to see it from scratch to be sure; wonder if we could get a review model...
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marypcb
Mar. 2nd, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: fast charger then...
some chargers show green; some turn the light off; some make it flash. the colour codes are horribly confused.

this comes out of what I'd want to call the National Grid. It's a great big wall socket. So the power comes from wherever power comes from overall... no wind turbines in Covent Garden and no more idling than any other socket AFAICT
alex_holden
Mar. 2nd, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
What do they expect you to do if your battery's flat but the charging stations are all in use? Are they going to put a charging socket next to every other parking space in the country?
quercus
Mar. 2nd, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Go for a pint with the other driver and celebrate the bizarre coincidence.
marypcb
Mar. 2nd, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
we did actually see two of them yesterday; one blue one black (as I initally assumed it was the same one twice)
zecherman
Mar. 2nd, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Sure would be nice to see more of that over here in Canada...everyone here is driving fucking Suburbans and other SUVs...it's sick, and stupid. There is apparently no market for fuel-efficient cars here...no one cares...
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