ESB Public charge point contract in violation of EU directive

Imagine having to have a subscription to a petrol station in order to fill up your car?


That’s what ESB, who now run the EV public charge points, are suggesting. The subscription when added to the costs for charging (which is calculated by time rather than kWs transferred) mean that EVs are not economical compared to high efficiency petrol vehicles. In essence an artificial tax.

Then there’s this:

Directive 2014/94/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014
Article 4 Section 9 – All recharging points accessible to the public shall also provide for the possibility for electric vehicle users to recharge on an ad hoc basis without entering into a contract with the electricity supplier or operator concerned.

So the ESB subscription contract, North and South of the border, is actually in contravention of an EU Directive. It will be interesting to see how this progresses.

Apple Watch out…milanese loop in black

As someone who never really wore a watch, I’ve been surprisingly hooked on the Apple Watch.

Though I’ve had analog and digital watches over the years, none had managed to stick. I felt that having a device whose only function was to tell me the time didn’t deserve full-time placement upon my body. I wasn’t some sort of weird time addict that needed instant access. I also got a Kickstarter-edition Pebble smartwatch and found it lacking.

So, my mini review for the Apple Watch for non-watch wearers is that it’s an incredibly compelling piece of technology. They just got it right.

But one thing I missed was that I couldn’t get the right strap. I could get a Milanese Loop in silver if I wanted to spend a small fortune to get a strap that didn’t match my watch (in black aluminium). But that’s why third party straps come to the rescue and now I’m very happy to have one in black.


Now if you want to get one yourself, you’ll have to head over to Amazon or eBay. ((Black 42mm) (Black 38mm)

It’s now completely replaced the black nylon band and at a fraction of the price.