A charge card for Portugal

For our Sumer holidays this year we were torn between going to south Italy or to attempt to get to Portugal. So of course I started to investigate getting an access card for the Spanish and Portuguese charging network. Spain was relatively easy. Just get the IBIL & Easy Charger apps, and make an account. I few days later I received an RFID card and that was that.

Portugal was not quite so simple. First download the Mobi.e app and create an account. That was easy, and gives access to the AC charging network. But what about DC charging ? Well, there you need to have a contract with a CEME. Now the website of Mobi.e does have a list of CEME, but finding one that has a website, and of those, the ones that have the website in English isn’t so easy. Google translate can help a lot, but often important information is in areas that Google can’t translate such as images or dropdown boxes in scripts.

I ended up on the website of Prio, and with Googles help managed to find what I need and an application form, which of course was in Portuguese. I managed to get it filled in but discovered I needed to print it, and include a Portuguese tax number, which of course I don’t have. I sent it in by post anyway and used Google to write a letter saying I didn’t live in Portugal and was visiting just for a couple of weeks. The response was that I still needed a tax number and my German one would be ok. So filled out the form again, sent it in and it was rejected as the tax number was incorrect. After a lot of emails, with Google translate the very patient staff of Prio helped me get what they actually needed and hay presto, the account was opened, and all I needed to do was log in and change my password.

Except I couldn’t log in, it didn’t work

More emails. more back and forth and the guy changed the password and send me the replacement, and with that I could log in, and reset the password again.

Next step was to apply for a charge card. Opening a account does not apply for a card!. Well, I found out how to do that and waited, and waited. Nothing. A couple of days ago I thought I must have done something wrong, or the card had been lost in the post, so yesterday I applied for another card. Today, the original turned up. it just needs to be activated, and the PIN number chaged at a Portuguese charge point.

So yeh, I can now I can charge in Portugal. Unfortunately not. Due to illness I am currently off work, and my health insurance has told me I am not allowed to take a holiday, even though it would do me a world of good.

Prio Chargecard arrives.
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Future EV ?

Although my Ioniq is only 18 months or so old, I have been thinking for some time about what comes next. Originally I was thinking a Tesla Model 3 or maybe a Kona. However, a car I have been following for a while looks extremely interesting, and that’s the Byton M-Byte. I don’t know the pricing yet, nor have I seen one in the flesh, or should that be in the steel, so that will be a deciding factor of course. Another contender might be the Polestar 2, but I suspect that will be too expensive for me.

When can we expect to see the Byton on sale. Well, I don’t know that either, but Byton has said end 2019. I am assuming that will be China or the USA, with the EU more 2020. A 2020/2021 delivery time would fit in to my expected car change timetable quite nicely. However, of course, by then the Tesla Model Y will, *might*, be out and even perhaps a VW EV, or maybe not. One thing is certain the options available in a year or two will be more than now, with better range and hopefully lower prices. Delivery times are for me not as important. I had originally planned to keep the Ioniq for up to 6 years, so if I need to wait a year for delivery, it just means I order a bit earlier.

So what will I be looking for in a new EV? First and foremost, a fast charging speed, then the range. I would rather charge for 20 minutes every 2-3 hours than charge for 90 minutes every 6 hours. I tend to take a break every 2 hours when driving anyway as there comes a point when range is hours per bladder. Equipment level is naturally important, as are OTA software updates. So a built in wifi/LTE will be needed too. I love my regen paddles on the Ioniq and use them constantly. A large infotainment center is essential along with a good sound system. Full autonomy isn’t something I am looking for, but I can see it being of use as I get older, and my reaction times get longer. I can’t see me putting my car into a car sharing pool.

I guess time will tell what will happen when it comes time to upgrade. I am not in any hurry, the market is changing so fate that what id fantasy today will be the norm tomorrow. Who knows what we will see on sale in 2 or 3 years time. What “secret projects” are out there that will surprise us?

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