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I'm just back from a short trip from Warwickshire to St Andrews in Scotland and have to say how impressed I am with the Polestar as a long distance cruiser. The Adaptive Cruise Control makes it a perfect car for the heavy traffic through the Midlands / Manchester section of the M6 and turning off the A74M for a blast along the A702 through Biggar to Edinburgh was fun. Charging wise, I was concerned pre-trip about finding and using chargers en-route, but I needn't have worried. I set off with 100% from Leamington Spa and made it to my charging stops with higher SOC than Google maps predicted. First stop was the MFG Crow Orchard just off J27 of the M6. This is contactless card payment at a reasonable £0.18 /KW. I needed to switch chargers and get assistance but was the only EV there (remember to register your reg # in the shop to avoid a parking fine). There is a shop, Costa Coffee & toilets. 150kw chargers and I achieved 110kw from 38% SOC.
Next stop the Ionity at Gretna Services which I had to queue for. Others seemed to be having trouble with these but the Plugsurfing card worked well and topped up to 90% to avoid another stop. Had a nice chat with a new e-Tron driver who was on his way back from the Highlands.
We arrived in St Andrews with 38% SOC and then managed to find a ChargePlace Scotland 50 KW charger in a Public car park to top up for the return journey. The ChargePlace Scotland RFID card worked perfectly.
I used the same chargers on my return journey but charged less, as I knew I could home charge again when we got home. I had to queue again for Ionity at Gretna, which was especially annoying as a Discovery Sport PHEV driver spent 30 mins charging from 90 to 100%, a bit of a pointless excercise on the Motorway, I would have thought? A Skoda Enyaq was also on 100% waiting for it's owner to return .
Saw quite a few Mach-Es around, but only one other P2 coming out of St Andrews. My pre-trip anxieties about charging were definitely not justified, although we did change our usual stops, we usually use Tebay in Cumbria, but I had seen reports of long waits for the 2 Ecotricity chargers there, so decided against it.