sgt1372
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Drive the ARC

Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:10 am

It was apparently initiated in Nov 2016 but I Just found out about this program on the Tesla forum. Haven't seen any info about it here. Apologies if this is a dup post; didn't bother to search.

Just posting this info it in case anyone from NorCal (like me) wasn't aware of it b4.

"ARC stands for “Advanced Recharging Corridor”, and also reflects the project route shape on the map: Monterey to Lake Tahoe. Project partners hope the charging stations help EV drivers reach their destinations, allowing them to “drive the ARC” – surf-to-ski, emission-free."

You can find out more about the Network here: Drive The Arc

There's a bias towards Nissan and EvGo (partners in the program) but it's open to all. Charging is free at designated EvGo locations during the ARC "launch period;" however long that is, it is unclear. Easier to sign up if you already have an EvGo account. Just need to download the app and use your phone to use the chargers.

Downloaded the app but haven't registered or logged on to use it yet but complete sign up info is available here: How to use the Drive the Arc app.

They haven't opened the South Lake Tahoe location yet and access to Monterey is primarily via Hwys 17 & 1 with locations in SJ and Gilroy still pending. So, the network isn't fully functional yet.

The only benefit I see so far in using the Drive the Arc app is the free access to EvGo fast chargers designed in the app as part of the program, but after the "launch period" is over, you probably can just use PlugShare to find the EvGo sites created under the program which you will have to pay to use as usual.
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jasony
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Re: Drive the ARC

Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:22 pm

I read this with great interest. But it seems it is only free for those with CHAdeMO, according to the FAQ at https://drivethearc.com/about/ "It means that during the campaign period, you can charge your EV at no cost at that station [CHAdeMO only]."
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sgt1372
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Re: Drive the ARC

Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:27 am

jasony wrote:I read this with great interest. But it seems it is only free for those with CHAdeMO, according to the FAQ at https://drivethearc.com/about/ "It means that during the campaign period, you can charge your EV at no cost at that station [CHAdeMO only]."


You're right. Missed that in the FAQs.

Says both CHAdeMO and combo can use the system but only CHAdeMO is free.

Gotta learn to read the fine print. Oh well, at least they're builfdng more fast chargers.

Ohvwell, better than nothing, I guess.
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2012 Mercedes ML350 4Matic
2008 BMW 335i
2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
2002 Ford F250 7.3L 4x4 Longbed Turbodiesel
2000 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

cwerdna
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Re: Drive the ARC

Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:57 am

(thread resurrection)
It was only free for CHAdeMO since inception but earlier this year, they quietly added free CCS charging, as well.

See posts below.
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=8383&p=35568&hilit=drivethearc#p35568
viewtopic.php?p=35668#p35668

The DTA DC FCs also have a sticker w/the same style and verbiage as at https://drivethearc.com/download-app/. I've so far gotten over 166 kWh of free juice from them. :)

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