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Re: 14 months of ownership starting to regret Owning a sparkev

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:25 am
by NORTON
MrDRMorgan wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:30 am
.... Elk Grove: could not initialize and charge on 3 of the 4 EA chargers. The fourth was occupied by another car.
.... Walmart in Elk Grove. 2 of 3 EA chargers had a dead screen. I was able to charge at the one working charger.
...North Highland, CA. Could not charge on one EA charger but did charge on another.
.... EVgo DCFC in Galt, CA. This charger has always worked for me.

My point is this:.... there is no guarantee you will be able to charge at every charging location along your route.

.... But, out-of-town travel in my 2016 Spark EV, that requires one or more DCFC charging stops each way, is still is a BIG concern for me.
Crap, what a record.... :?

What do these DCFC Network Admins have to say about this?
Hint: It is a big deal, guys. It would be a good look to have your network 100% up and running.

Why isn't a technician with a well stocked truck dispatched immediately to every reported DEAD DCFC station?
In fact these units should be able to Self-Report when the station goes down.

What good is that map of EA having a route across America if it can't be relied on?

Even in my metro area with 15 Efacec 50kW DCFC stations, I breathe a sigh of relief every time I see the charging taking place.... :roll:

(50% of the time when I do find a dead station, I'll call and the help desk person sends a reboot command and I see the Linux code scrolling, and the station then WORKS. The other 50% is plan B.... Why can't this be an automatic function? It's just SW.... :roll: , )

My main use is during 'airport runs'. Fortunately there are 2 about 6 miles apart near the airport.
Sometimes one is Dead, sometimes a Tesla will be camped out there for gadknows how long... :?

Re: 14 months of ownership starting to regret Owning a sparkev

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:13 am
by MrDRMorgan
NORTON wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:25 am
MrDRMorgan wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:30 am
.... Elk Grove: could not initialize and charge on 3 of the 4 EA chargers. The fourth was occupied by another car.
.... Walmart in Elk Grove. 2 of 3 EA chargers had a dead screen. I was able to charge at the one working charger.
...North Highland, CA. Could not charge on one EA charger but did charge on another.
.... EVgo DCFC in Galt, CA. This charger has always worked for me.

My point is this:.... there is no guarantee you will be able to charge at every charging location along your route.

.... But, out-of-town travel in my 2016 Spark EV, that requires one or more DCFC charging stops each way, is still is a BIG concern for me.
Crap, what a record.... :?

What do these DCFC Network Admins have to say about this?
Hint: It is a big deal, guys. It would be a good look to have your network 100% up and running.

Why isn't a technician with a well stocked truck dispatched immediately to every reported DEAD DCFC station?
In fact these units should be able to Self-Report when the station goes down.

What good is that map of EA having a route across America if it can't be relied on?

Even in my metro area with 15 Efacec 50kW DCFC stations, I breathe a sigh of relief every time I see the charging taking place.... :roll:

(50% of the time when I do find a dead station, I'll call and the help desk person sends a reboot command and I see the Linux code scrolling, and the station then WORKS. The other 50% is plan B.... Why can't this be an automatic function? It's just SW.... :roll: , )

My main use is during 'airport runs'. Fortunately there are 2 about 6 miles apart near the airport.
Sometimes one is Dead, sometimes a Tesla will be camped out there for gadknows how long... :?
Well said, Norton! Well said! I am beginning to question using an EV for anything more than local driving which, in my case, is about 85% of my total driving. My Spark EVs work fine locally and I do not have to suffer "charging anxiety". And, for the "Big Boys", there are also many destinations where a Chevy Bolt can't go and even other locations where a Tesla can't go.