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Re: Hello from ChargePoint!

Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:28 pm

WetEV wrote:

Or a contract with Chargepoint. Their business model is to provide the charging stations, the charge cards to the customers, manage the whole thing. For a fee.

I would suggest a cost of much more than the actual electric price.



Of course you're right, and I thought about that too, but it still costs money to feed the red tape. Governments find ways to make things that are free & simple - expensive & complex. It's what they do.

At least for now, L2 in our city needs to be free. Installing 100 free L2 charging sites would serve as 100 little billboards, and raise awareness that their is an alternative to the status quo. We have a lot of outdoor hockey rinks that cost a lot to build, and maintain. Not all people in our city use them, so you could make the case that building & maintaining them is "unfair" to a number of our taxpayers. Just as hockey rinks are "free" to use, so too should be L2 charging stations.

EV's are largely misunderstood in my city, which is the biggest reason very few people drive them. Putting up barriers like charging for L2 may appease opponents of public charging - but the side effect becomes (another) reason to discourage the misinformed public from considering an EV (or people like me from using them). That benefits no one.
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Can's see Mickey in an EV

Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:00 pm

There is a desperate need to get some DC chargers between Atlanta and Florida. Millions of families drive to Florida every year on vacation, but they can't realistically do it in a Bolt.

Going South, the last DC charging station on I-75 is in Perry, GA. The next one is in Gainesville, FL. That's WAY too far for a Bolt.

We need stations in Tifton, GA and Valdosta, GA along I-75. Otherwise, Mickey is completely out of reach.

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Introducing Tap to Charge!

Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:31 am

We wanted to update this thread to let you all know that we've recently introduced tap to charge for iPhone, Android, and Apple Watch!

To use this new feature, all you need to do is hold your phone (with the ChargePoint app installed) against any ChargePoint station to start charging. See how it works in the video below.


https://youtu.be/10jozoPlSgk



You can read more about the new feature on this LA Times article: http://lat.ms/2hDJJn4
Or on the ChargePoint blog: http://bit.ly/2xH5rNo
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Re: Introducing Tap to Charge!

Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:03 am

ChargePoint wrote:We wanted to update this thread to let you all know that we've recently introduced tap to charge for iPhone, Android, and Apple Watch!


For those of you who have the ChargePoint app already, all you have to do to make use of the new "tap to charge" feature is activate NFC (near field communications) on your phone.

I haven't tried it yet but, if you do, the FAQs say that you have to HOLD (not just "tap") the back of the phone against the scanner on the charger to make the connection.

FWIW, there some good reasons NOT to turn NFC on, including security and battery use concerns. See: Why You Should Disable NFC On Your Smartphone

I don't like using my phone as a payment device, so I have chosen to keep NFC off and not use this feature of the app. I will just continue to use my ChargePoint card whenever I need to use one of their chargers.
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Re: Hello from ChargePoint!

Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:27 am

That article says NFC is only on Android, not Apple. But Apple has Apple Pay in the Wallet app, which you can set to not work unless you unlock the phone first. I use it all the time. Not sure if it will interfere with ChargePoint app, but then I'll also just use my ChargePoint card. Works right through my actual leather wallet which I just hold up to the station.

So, ChargePoint, does your app connect to Apple wallet? How does it work?
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Re: Hello from ChargePoint!

Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:36 am

DNAinaGoodWay wrote:So, ChargePoint, does your app connect to Apple wallet? How does it work?


Don't forget to check out the link to our blog for more info! http://bit.ly/2xH5rNo

If you're using an iPhone:
- In the ChargePoint app: go to Menu > Account > Manage Cards.
- Pick "set it up,” add your ChargePoint pass to Apple Wallet and place your phone on the station to charge.


If you're using an Apple Watch:
- Double-click the side button + hold your watch close to the reader.
- Wait until you feel a gentle tap, then you’re ready to charge.


And for tips on adding cards to Apple Wallet, here's their help page: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204506
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Re: Hello from ChargePoint!

Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:33 pm

Um, I have several friends who still work for Apple, and they have been doing this for quite a while. Maybe Apple, Inc was a beta tester?

(Edit : Oops, if that was privileged info, tell me and I will erase. Just flag this post.)

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EV Charging for Condos

Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:48 am

Charging at home can be tricky if you live in a condo and have to get approval from your HOA to charge.

We've had hundreds of conversations with EV drivers to provide you with simple tips that will make it easy for your HOA to say “yes!” to your EV charging request.

You'll find our top 3 tips for negotiating with your HOA and a free eBook on condo charging, on the ChargePoint blog: http://bit.ly/ChargePointHOA

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HOA: Promoting alternative transit in your community

Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:33 am

We're honored to have had the opportunity to partner with Associa to share and explore how getting around in gas cars affects emissions and local air quality.

We also offer information on how HOA board members can help make a difference by promoting alternative transit in their community.

You can find the full post here, on the Associa website: http://bit.ly/AssociaChargePoint

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Is your HOA board enabling your community to reduce emissions and improve air quality?
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Re: Hello from ChargePoint!

Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:22 pm

Hey ChargePoint, I have a question/recommendation.
I figure you guys are familiar with the West Coast Electric Highway in Oregon (and WA, I'm in Oregon)? (That's not my question yet!!) ;-)

It basically allowed me to get into an EV earlier than I normally could have. As I have 120 mile round trip commute, in a Nissan Leaf, I needed to stop and charge daily (multiple times when my range dropped). So I got my kindle and got some good reading done while I charged.
And that worked well for 3 years.
So thank you to the West Coast Electric Highway (and one of your competitors) for that!!!

But I had always told my wife I'd go to a car that could get me to work and back on a charge. The Bolt was my choice, and I am happy with that in the weeks I've owned it.
But, the Bolt is CCS Combo. There are a few CCS Combo chargers where I work and up/down the I5 (some are 25Kw destination chargers, which are great for that).
But there are zero CCS combo chargers up/down the Coast Highway. And a lot of the ones around I5 are 25Kw destination chargers, which I think are fine for getting some charge while someone is shopping. But not really there for people travelling. 100Kw would be better.

Now, there is apparently some money from Volkswagen for infrastructure floating around..
(You might see where I am heading with this)

I think the West Coast Electric Highway locations are fairly well laid out and spaced, but there are zero CCS combos there. I like what the current company has done with them, and they have been really reliable, but I get the feeling that the company isn't interested in expanding that.

(my question is HERE)
So, wouldn't it be great if you could partner with Oregon/Washington and add your chargers there (or replace the current ones)?
There should be some VW money to help, and if you guys could get some 100Kw chargers around, that would be an awesome start.
Now, it doesn't have to be part of the same plan. I think the $20/month for unlimited has been great, but not as necessary anymore.
So maybe you join that plan (with help from Federal/VW money or whatever), or maybe you just add your chargers to those locations and there is a new plan? Maybe some grandfathering, transferring of plans, whatever...
That part is murky to me.. ;-)
But the part about the West Coast Electric Highway needing CCS Combo and VW money being available (I would hope) just seems to make sense to me, so...

Opportunity, Meet ChargePoint!!! ;-) ;-)

Thanx,

desiv

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