MrDRMorgan wrote: ↑
Thu May 30, 2019 5:52 pm
Mighty frustrating to say the least! I have had 1 successful charging session in 7 attempts at two different locations.
I will retry with mine when Charlotte, NC goes online. My one and only Spark visit summary (Fincastle, VA/Brugh's Mill Country Store): tried one dispenser, didn't work; tried next one, worked for 6 min, wouldn't restart; TRIED THREE OTHER STATIONS, none worked; retried the station that had worked, no dice; called tech support (1 hour on the phone, retried and reset 3 three of four stations), finally able to charge to full. Had it not restarted, I would have spent at least 3 hours at a level 2, because there weren't any dcfc for 100 miles.
My first stop with a Bolt in Henderson, NC (traveled from Richmond, VA): zero of four stations worked, having planned for this, I continued on my merry way to a GL station in Durham,NC. My last two stop ins, I used the "known working/non-problematic" dispenser mentioned on plugshare, and had zero problems.
Volkswagen (which EA is/essentially is a subsidiary) didn't want to build a charging network, they did to settle their horrific illegal activity. While I'm not happy with the functionality of their stations, as I've said before, it is getting MUCH better (see plugshare data). Fit a company that was just starting up, the results aren't really that bad. I think a better solution may have been to have forced VW to pay the same amount of money, but have allowed ChargePoint, EVGO, etc, to have bid to do the ultra fast charge network (they have more experience, essentially wouldn't be "starting from scratch."). Another possibility, instead of EA, it should have instead been VW branded, so they could take the deserved flack for their failures. What do I know? Hopefully it ends up like the interstate hwy system itself, a huge success, without which, travel would be much more of a headache.