But this time, what i found out was that, businesses and people, generally go out of their way to ensure EVs are plugged in and you return safely home. All you need to do is ask!
So i left Pune and enjoyed the scenic drive to Lavasa!
My first business was to contact the EcoMantra guys and find that socket!!! I met Mr Jai from Ecomantra who took me to the office which was on the first floor. The 15Amp socket was available, but i needed an extension chord that goes down to the basement. I had a 15 meter extension chord that went to the basement. But i was just 5 meters short!!!! No way!!
We checked if there was an electric shop to buy an extension chord but they were shut. Curses!
So what followed was frantic walks, by Jai (from EcoMantra and me) to every waterfront apartment building basements to find that elusive 15Amp socket!
Usually the kitchens have 15Amp sockets for microwaves, dishwashers etc. So we decided to give it a shot.
So all in all i really had to slog my ass out to get that elusive 15Amp socket. Jai from EcoMantra went out of his way to ensure i finally got the 15 Amp socket. The restaurant owner was more than happy to let me plug-in. This is the key thing.
If you are going somewhere and need to plugin your EV, do the following
- Call in advance and ask the business or local contact if you could plugin. Most people would help, especially if they see that you could help their business
- Once you get there, if the business cannot help, feel free to ask other businesses nearby
- Electric vehicle owners are people who think differently. These are the people who are living the change for a better tomorrow and are setting an example. Most people recognise this and will help.
So don't feel shy. Do ask, if you need help!
- Always have a long extension wire!! Trust me, it helps!
Walk in the rain, do nothing, stare at the mist covered mountains, enjoy good food and check out the Segway rides!
Mr Ravi Goel from EcoMantra.com and we at PlugInIndia.com have asked the authorities at Lavasa to install 3 to 4 -15Amp sockets in the Lavasa parking lot. And the authorities have contacted us and are looking at installing the infrastructure for the benefit of the EV community. This can benefit all Mumbai and Pune EV users. So stay tuned!!
Now this is how we bring bout change!