The first edition of the ZeemGO Road Trip is already underway, together with Miguel Zarzuela Cepero we are going to make a trip of more than 2,200 km in an electric car in which we hope to tell first-hand the state of the public fast charging network in Spain and Portugal.
Miguel is an Industrial Engineer residing in Zaragoza, he is a true passionate about 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 Aragon regional delegate of the Electric Vehicle User Association (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 is going to tell us first-hand about his experience on this trip and we are going to make it clear that, with the help of ZeemGO, taking long trips in an electric car is not a problem. Join us!
To make the trip, a 100% electric Opel Corsa-e car will be used, with which public fast charging points will be evaluated while using the ZeemGO application. A trip that begins in Zaragoza and will end in the Canary Islands, first passing through Madrid, Plasencia, Lisbon, El Algarve and Huelva, and then visiting 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 the ZeemGO blog and don’t miss a thing!
Stage 1 of the Road Trip: Zaragoza – Madrid
At this stage, the total travel distance by road is somewhat greater than 320 km by highway. As Miguel tells us, a priori it is a simple stage to do in an electric car, since the whole way is by highway and there are many recharging stations along the way.
4 chargers have been evaluated during the course of this stage and one could not be evaluated since it was busy, they are the following:
- Wenea Los Maños 24,35 kWh – 10,23€
- Acciona Ciudad Alcobriga (Estaba ocupado)
- Wenea Torredelmar 28 kWh – 11,79€
- Endesa X Alcalá de Henares 5,5 kWh – 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 2×200 kW + 50 kW chargers and the nearby restaurant. And the worst in this case has been that of Acciona Ciudad Alcobriga, as there was only one charging point, it was busy.
There has also been another problem in the Endesa X Alcalá charger, which has turned off halfway charging when another vehicle arrived that tried to charge in Type 2 and was not well geolocated when transferring the address to Maps.
Regarding safety, Miguel tells us that he has felt safe at all times when making this trip and indicates that it is probably the easiest stage to do with an electric car since it is done on a main highway. As an anecdote, he tells us that he has met a friend in Alcalá that he had not seen for years by chance. It was precisely when he was charging when he connected to Type 2 and the charger was turned off.
Stage 2 of the Road Trip: Madrid – Plasencia
At this stage the total road travel distance is close to 250 km by highway. This stage, like the previous one, is a relatively simple stage to do in an electric car and there have been no problems at the time of doing it.
5 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 has been the Iberdrola El Queijal charger because it is in a nearby service area with no detours from the highway, and there are several fast chargers. The worst in this case has been that of Repsol in Arturo Soria in Madrid because the CCS did not work.
Miguel also tells us that in Ciudad de la Imagen, Endesa X has installed more than 20 chargers, but the link with the A5 is not very fast. In addition, the parking is paid and requires going through the box when you finish loading.
Regarding security, Miguel tells us that he has felt safe at all times and that he has not had any setbacks in this regard. However, at the end of the load in the City of La Imagen, it began to rain virulently, many liters falling in a few minutes.
The parking lot was uneven and caused a puddle of several fingers to form in the squares near the curb, making it annoying to operate the cable and get in and out of the car. What is worth noting is that at the end of the trip, in the vicinity of Plasencia, there are no fast charging points, it is good to know this when organizing the trip, since you can run out of autonomy if you do not calculate it in advance.
At the moment everything is going as expected on this trip, although there have been some problems with recharging at one station or another, in general the trip is continuing calmly.
In addition, thanks to evaluating the chargers in our application, ZeemGO, you accumulate ZeemCoins with which you can obtain different products, services and discounts within the world of electric mobility. Let’s see what Miguel tells us in his next stages, remember that we will be following this journey through the ZeemGO Blog. ⚡ Stay tuned! ⚡