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Just went to Costco Watford and noticed a dozen small BP Pulse chargers, but no signage and no info on the charger units whatsoever. The small displays just said “tap RFID card above”.

There was a Costco employee walking round with a RFID card. He said they were free to use, didn’t ask to see my Costco card or anything, and activated my unit. Had to use my own cable, and after plugging in I realised they were only 7kw units. (A more experienced DC charger user than me would have clocked that earlier, I’m sure.)

Came back about 45 mins later and the only info on the charger display was that it had dispensed 6.1kw. I unplugged my cable from the car, but the charger wouldn’t release the other end. The Costco guy had disappeared, so I called the number on the charger, went through a few menus and a BP pulse employee remotely unlocked it for me.

Wasn’t really worth the hassle for £1.50 worth of electricity (vs. charging at home), but I can see them being useful for emergencies, or people spending a couple of hours in Costco shopping, eating etc.

Would have been nice to see a few fast DC chargers there too, even if they were chargeable. But respect to Costco for installing them, and making them free.
 

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But respect to Costco for installing them, and making them free.
I'm a big fan of the Costco business model and have been a member, based originally at Bushey in the late 90s before frequenting the Chingford warehouse for a spell till the Stevenage branch opened.

I try to gauge my fuel usage in such a way that I can link a Costco shopping trip when my tank is down to a quarter-full or less to take advantage of Costco's diesel which is almost always significantly cheaper than anywhere else in those parts. If I leave refuelling till the tank is almost empty, I can get something of the order of 73 litres in the 70 litre tank if I brim it. Given that the fuel stations near to my neck of the woods are usually about 10p per litre dearer than Costco for regular diesel, deciding where to refuel doesn't require a degree in maths! 😁

While there are cheaper places to shop for various items stocked by Costco, there can be no doubt about the level of quality, whether it be fruit & veg, butcher meat, fish, clothes or whatever. Their tyre department does great prices on Michelin tyres and their batteries are competitively priced too. From time to time, they have special prices on a variety of products and I have snapped up a few bargains over the years. I'm not a lover of pizzas but I can say that those baked one the premises are excellent and very well-priced. While I can buy meat cheaper elsewhere, I really don't mind paying a little extra for Costco's product as it really is worth the extra.

Costco have been doing a car-purchase scheme in conjunction with a few car brands that looks like a fairly attractive proposition at first glance. I haven't researched it as I'm not in the market for a change yet but I imagine the deals will be competitive if not mind-blowing. They had a Toyota Highlander on display last time I was there and that makes the RAV4 look like a compact!.....not cheap though! When I'm back in the UK, I might look more closely at the Costco car purchase scheme in case I'm missing anything there.
 
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