The first edition of the Zeemcoin Road Trip is already underway, together with Miguel Zarzuela Cepero we are going to make this trip in which we hope to tell you the state of the public fast charging network in Spain and Portugal.
Miguel is an Industrial Engineer living in Zaragoza, he is a true enthusiast of electric mobility, nautical and renewable energies. He has an electric motorcycle with more than 80,000 km traveled with which he started his YouTube channel where he shows his experience as well as various trips and routes. He is also the regional delegate of Aragon of the Association of Electric Vehicle Users (AUVE) where he contributes his bit to facilitate electric mobility, the good use and proliferation of charging points as well as synergies with photovoltaic self-consumption.
He will tell us first hand all his experience on this trip and we will make it clear that, with the help of Zeemcoin App, making long trips by electric car is not a problem. Join us!
To make the trip we are going to use a 100% electric Opel Corsa-e car, with which we are going to evaluate the public fast charging points while using the Zeemcoin App. A trip that starts in Zaragoza and will end in the Canary Islands, passing first through Madrid, Plasencia, Lisbon, the Algarve and Huelva, and then travel through Tenerife, La Gomera and Gran Canaria.
Today we are going to tell you about Miguel’s experience in the first two stages of the trip and in later articles we will tell you about the following stages. So, stay tuned to Zeemcoin’s blog and don’t miss anything! These first two stages are:
Stage 1: Zaragoza – Madrid
In this stage the total distance of road travel is slightly more than 320 km by highway. According to Miguel, a priori it is a simple stage to do in electric car, since the whole way is by highway and there are many charging stations along the way.
Four chargers have been evaluated during the course of this stage and one could not be evaluated because it was busy, they are as follows:
- Wenea Los Maños 24,35 kWh 10,23€
- Acciona Ciudad Alcobriga (It was busy)
- Wenea Torredelmar 28 kWh 11,79€
- Endesa X Alcalá de Henares 5.5 kWh 1.82 € 1.82
- Wenea El Navarro 57.88 kWh 23.89 €
Of which the best has been the Wenea El Navarro charger due to the number of chargers 2×200 kW + 50 kW and the restaurant nearby. And the worst in this case has been the Acciona Ciudad Alcobriga, as there was only one charging point, it was busy.
There was also another problem at the Endesa X Alcalá charger, which turned off in the middle of charging when another vehicle arrived and tried to charge at the Type 2 and it was not well geolocated when transferring the address to Maps.
As for safety, Miguel tells us that he has felt safe at all times making this trip and indicates that it is probably the easiest stage to perform with electric car as it is done by a main highway.
As an anecdote he tells us that he met by chance a friend in Alcalá that he had not seen for years. It was precisely when he was charging that his friend connected to the Type 2 and turned off the charger.
Stage 2: Madrid – Plasencia
In this stage the total distance of road travel is close to 250 km by highway. This stage, like the previous one, is a relatively simple stage to perform in an electric car and there have not been any inconvenience at the time of performing it.
Five chargers have been evaluated during the course of this stage, they are the following:
- Repsol Arturo Soria, Madrid
- GIC Bueso Pineda, Madrid
- Endesa X, Ciudad de la Imagen
- Acciona, Talavera de la Reina
- Iberdrola, El Queijal
Of which the best was the Iberdrola El Queijal charger because it was in a nearby service area with no detours from the highway, and there were several fast chargers. The worst in this case was the Repsol charger in Arturo Soria in Madrid because the CCS was not working.
Miguel also tells us that in Ciudad de la Imagen, Endesa X has installed more than 20 chargers, but the access to the A5 is not very fast. In addition, parking is chargeable and requires a cashier’s checkout at the end of the load.
As far as safety is concerned, Miguel tells us that he felt safe at all times and that he has not had any setbacks in this regard. However, at the end of the charging at Ciudad de la Imagen it started to rain with virulence falling quite a few liters in a few minutes. The parking lot was uneven and made a puddle of several fingers in the places near the curb being annoying to operate the cable and get in and out of the car.
What is worth noting that at the end of the trip in the vicinity of Plasencia there are no fast charging points, it is good to know in case you want to organize the trip, because you can run out of autonomy if you do not calculate it in advance.