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by JoeS
Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: AAA: EVgo waives the monthly membership fees
Replies: 9
Views: 3746

Re: AAA: EVgo waives the monthly membership fees

SparkE, I've referred a number of people to your excellent post (above) as it's a great summary, especially for newbies to EVs. Thank you.
by JoeS
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Update on Non-Tesla DC Fast Charging Station Density in North America
Replies: 2
Views: 2704

Re: Update on Non-Tesla DC Fast Charging Station Density in North America

Paul, thank you very much for publishing this update, and nice to hear that AFDC will be updating their metrics. Anecdotally, I concur that the DCFC networks in BC and Quebec are well-developed and were much appreciated during our Canadian Tesla tours with CHAdeMO adapter. I'm bemused by EA having t...
by JoeS
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: AAA: EVgo waives the monthly membership fees
Replies: 9
Views: 3746

Re: AAA: EVgo waives the monthly membership fees

UPDATE The normal EVgo membership is $7.99/month and a roughly 10% reduction in charging cost relative to non-members, and 1/2-hour of 'free' charging. What AAA membership gives you is waiving the $7.99 monthly fee, having the 10% reduction in charging cost, but NO 1/2-hour of 'free' charging. Even ...
by JoeS
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: AAA: EVgo waives the monthly membership fees
Replies: 9
Views: 3746

Re: AAA: EVgo waives the monthly membership fees

Update So, I signed up and in reviewing my account online at EVgo I saw that I had two contracts for my account: my previous one ($7.99/mo) and my new one shown as AAA and free. It showed my previous contract expiring on December 21. My normal monthly credit card debit for $7.99 was processed on De...
by JoeS
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: AAA: EVgo waives the monthly membership fees
Replies: 9
Views: 3746

Re: AAA: EVgo waives the monthly membership fees

SparkE, thank you very much for this lead. Hey, $8x12 months almost covers the cost of the AAA membership! I wonder if we still get the first few kWh covered by the plan each month for up to the $8 for 'free'? I just signed up and clicked that I already have an existing account and went through the ...
by JoeS
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: chargers and charging habits
Replies: 12
Views: 10259

Re: chargers and charging habits

I also normally charge to 60%, and I do recognize that there is a 'hidden' percentage in the Bolt's battery. If you recognize that some of the Bolt's battery is hidden, how do you know you are charging to 60%? Exactness doesn't much matter, as, if I understand correctly, operating the battery somew...
by JoeS
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: chargers and charging habits
Replies: 12
Views: 10259

Re: chargers and charging habits

If you're not fussy, there are plenty of low cost no-name brand EVSEs which offer both 120vac/240vac capability with various current settings up to 32A. Just google "EVSE adjustable current" in 'shopping'. Current adjustability is important when, for example, plugging into a 30A dryer outl...
by JoeS
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: Must have Mods for Bolt EV
Replies: 11
Views: 7785

Re: Must have Mods for Bolt EV

Since the #1 question always asked is "how far will it go?", I'm dismayed that none of the above suggestions deal with enhancing the car's range; just the opposite, some are range-reducing. Just goes to show that, once you own an EV, range is simply not an issue, especially with a Bolt.
by JoeS
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Local / Regional Discussions
Topic: Recargo's DCFC Station Contract on 101 in Central California
Replies: 9
Views: 9390

Re: Recargo's DCFC Station Contract on 101 in Central California

Paul, thanks for the writeup and links. Ask anyone who has ever tried to build anything and they will tell you about the difficulties of overcoming the myriad of legal and regulatory requirements. In that article Recargo acknowledged their admiration for Tesla and the other major players for their a...

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