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Got my Pod Point installed

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How sad am I for getting excited about my Pod Point being installed this week? 不

All I need now is for energy prices to start reducing - hopefully by the time I get my car in August.
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You have your wish PCM, as the price cap is reducing in July. A few tips about Pod-Point色.

1. Get a Smart meter so you can prior assess your electricity consumption at various times.

2. Dont rush to get a Drive EV Tariff until after step 1.

I discovered that given the CX-60 EV battery is so small, paying less for its electricity overnight during what is little more that two hours of high consumption and yet paying more for my daytime (everything else) power usage meant I would be worse off. The limited EV range CX-60 obviously reaches a full charge much quicker than an EV only vehicle with larger battery. If you can put home dishwasher and washing machine on delayed start to run overnight then that obviously helps change the day/night consumption ratio. Much also depends upon if you heat your house by gas or by electricity and if always home (e.g. retired or a home-worker) and therefore heating 24/7 that too will inevitably impact on the day\night consumption ratios. I also have a hot tub that burns daytime electricity at a ridiculous rate, even in its Economy mode. A Drive tariff will probably work for most CX-60 owners, but do the maths carefully.

3. There is no way to stop folk stealing your electricity from a Pod-Point other than setting it to only offer charge between specific limited hours, which disables it at other times. Albeit a private charger, the Pod-Point APP and other APPs will identify your location. Might not be a problem today, but as EV ownership grows, electricity theft might become more common, notably in rural locations.

4. If you have a tethered cable, wind your cable around the Pod-Point anti-clockwise if your car is parked to the left of your Pod-Point and clockwise if parked to the right (if parked in the middle it makes no odds which way). When you unravel it with the connector in one hand the stiff insulated cable will forms loops. I find its just easier to untwist these loops to lay it flat and lessen the trip hazard if you wind the cable in the stated direction. Trivial yes, but it is one less frustration. Being left or right handed might also dictate what works best for you.

5. Dont become paranoid and charge the car every night unless your daily mileage requires that. Now I have had the latest software updates, my EV estimated range is far more accurate, when before it was underestimated. I am now seeing 35 miles estimated range and usually enjoying a few extra miles actual beyond that. Higher temperatures distinctly help. But I can now trust the car to deliver stated range.
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You have your wish PCM, as the price cap is reducing in July. A few tips about Pod-Point色.

1. Get a Smart meter so you can prior assess your electricity consumption at various times.

2. Dont rush to get a Drive EV Tariff until after step 1.

I discovered that given the CX-60 EV battery is so small, paying less for its electricity overnight during what is little more that two hours of high consumption and yet paying more for my daytime (everything else) power usage meant I would be worse off. The limited EV range CX-60 obviously reaches a full charge much quicker than an EV only vehicle with larger battery. If you can put home dishwasher and washing machine on delayed start to run overnight then that obviously helps change the day/night consumption ratio. Much also depends upon if you heat your house by gas or by electricity and if always home (e.g. retired or a home-worker) and therefore heating 24/7 that too will inevitably impact on the day\night consumption ratios. I also have a hot tub that burns daytime electricity at a ridiculous rate, even in its Economy mode. A Drive tariff will probably work for most CX-60 owners, but do the maths carefully.

3. There is no way to stop folk stealing your electricity from a Pod-Point other than setting it to only offer charge between specific limited hours, which disables it at other times. Albeit a private charger, the Pod-Point APP and other APPs will identify your location. Might not be a problem today, but as EV ownership grows, electricity theft might become more common, notably in rural locations.

4. If you have a tethered cable, wind your cable around the Pod-Point anti-clockwise if your car is parked to the left of your Pod-Point and clockwise if parked to the right (if parked in the middle it makes no odds which way). When you unravel it with the connector in one hand the stiff insulated cable will forms loops. I find its just easier to untwist these loops to lay it flat and lessen the trip hazard if you wind the cable in the stated direction. Trivial yes, but it is one less frustration. Being left or right handed might also dictate what works best for you.

5. Dont become paranoid and charge the car every night unless your daily mileage requires that. Now I have had the latest software updates, my EV estimated range is far more accurate, when before it was underestimated. I am now seeing 35 miles estimated range and usually enjoying a few extra miles actual beyond that. Higher temperatures distinctly help. But I can now trust the car to deliver stated range.
Noah,

Thanks so much for your detailed response, it's very much appreciated!

I've arranged for a smart meter to be installed in June, and will look at tariffs. Preliminary calculations, based on current usage and that I envisage charging fully every night, mean that it's likely I will change to an EV tariff. Definitely worth using the washing machine overnight. I'm the dishwasher, so that won't make a difference

I paid for the option to have a lock on the Pod Point, which disables it until unlocked. Will also use the app so it can only be used when I choose.

Thanks again!
The optional locking device must be a new Pod-Point feature, or perhaps one never offered to me via my Mazda dealer when I took advantage of the half price Pod-Point installation offer. I actually got charged 瞿999 and then had to seek a 瞿500 refund because the special deal sign up process was unclear and the Mazda salesman had never handled one before. But it was all good in the end and Pod-Point were very efficient as regards both refund and installation.
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