phb10186
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Re: Free Charging

Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:51 am

I get free CHAdeMO charging about 1 mile from my house on the outskirts of London on the nearest highway services to me going north - thats a great bonus, and my weekend often involves visiting that point after doing some shopping on the way home. Im normally at about 15 miles at that point, so the fast DC to 80% takes 17 minutes.

Activated by an RFID card, which was also free! Cant say fairer than that.

Then I top up at home using my level 2 home AC charger in about 2.5 hours. That was also 75% rebated by a government scheme at the moment, so that installation cost me £300, rather than about £900. I also have a meter that tells me the KWh consumption, which also has a SIM card in that transmits the data to the government to gauge average usage and typical weekly electricity demand.

I have a further 2 RFID cards:

- one for the London-wide AC network, which is also free to use, and comprises of 13Ah 240v domestic plug posts, and faster level 2 AC at the same rate as my home charger (the card costs a huge £5 per year).

-the other card I have is for the rest of the UK, which normally charges, but i almost never use this, and was the most expensive card at £20 a year.

So the network for me is essentially free at the moment, and cards divided as follows: London non-highway, UK-wide highway, and rest of UK non-highway.

The beauty of these cards is that there are several providers now, all using different cards, but many of the points take multiple cards, just charging you for the electricity used at the point of use - i.e. the infrastructure is not particular to the RFID card provider.

In the last 4 weeks, i've only used 20 KWh of electricity at home, rest was all opportunistic free charging on various journeys.
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Re: Free Charging

Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:20 am

phb10186 wrote:The beauty of these cards is that there are several providers now, all using different cards, but many of the points take multiple cards, just charging you for the electricity used at the point of use - i.e. the infrastructure is not particular to the RFID card provider.

That's how it should be! I wonder how inter-operable the half dozen networks in the U.S. are. I guess I can try my ChargePoint card at an NRG station and see if it works.

In the last 4 weeks, i've only used 20 KWh of electricity at home, rest was all opportunistic free charging on various journeys.

Can't beat that.
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Re: Free Charging

Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:30 pm

Phximiev wrote:Good reason to go enjoy a game.... but why so few in the Biloxi area? Good beach, it looks like, as well as highways galore, it should have a bunch of chargers.
Well, as I mentioned, you never see anybody using it - Why? because there might be only 4 or 5 EV's anywhere near here . . . . and I own two of them

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Re: Free Charging

Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:49 pm

it's really hard to say no to free DCQC, especially during cool weather. I am so looking forward to when the highways connecting San Jose and Los Angeles are lined with these chargers.

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Re: Free Charging

Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:39 pm

I agree, I did the AutoNation Nissan dealer in Tempe, again. It was dandy! Put 'em everywhere. :idea:

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Re: Free Charging

Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:07 pm

Don wrote:
Phximiev wrote:Good reason to go enjoy a game.... but why so few in the Biloxi area? Good beach, it looks like, as well as highways galore, it should have a bunch of chargers.
Well, as I mentioned, you never see anybody using it - Why? because there might be only 4 or 5 EV's anywhere near here . . . . and I own two of them
Don


Plus it'll be a long term self-reinforcing problem on the gulf coast with the slow cultural penetration and corrosive hot salty air, plus if that doesn't get 'em, hurricanes will mandate EVSE replacement within 10 years or so. In the temperate and polite Pacific NW, EVSE installations look like they'll last till they're outmoded (if a reliable machine). There are EVen a bunch of empty phone booths still hanging around locally without the metal being stolen! Some have made efforts to convert those old payphone sites into EV charging stations, but the pedestals with pre-run conduit tend to be at convenience stores and gas stations that need DCFC, not L2.
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Re: Free Charging

Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:08 pm

Free EV charging in California is disappearing, being replaced by nominal fees which keep freeloaders (especially PHEVs and Teslas :roll: ) from hogging the stations. Sadly, the fee structure for nrgEVgo DCQC makes it usable only if one is desperate.

I'm impressed that the rest of the country seems to have lots of free charging - I especially appreciated the L2 in Charleston SC while we touristed.

On a more disconcerting note, I had two different Southern right-leaning friends grumble about the government's subsidizing my Tesla's free charging - not realizing that the SuperCharger network is funded by Tesla, and that Tesla has paid back their government loan years ago!
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Re: Free Charging

Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:18 am

Free EVGo charging during the Electric Drive Week: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/110 ... ign=buffer
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Re: Free Charging

Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:41 am

:x Knew I should've gotten an EVGo card. Oh well, I don't really use their units anyway.

Charge on, my friends!
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Re: Free Charging

Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:19 pm

If you call them from the charger I would wager that they would give you a free charge. :mrgreen:
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