Re: EVgo DC chargers were horrible up until the beginning of 2018. They're still not perfect, but improvement is being m
Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:39 pm
SparkE wrote:I am not for revisionist history. It is what it was.
So let's review "what it was" so that new readers of this thread can get the correct history:
EVGo was born out a settlement of a 10-years long lawsuit between the NRG energy company and the State of California. Newly elected Governor Jerry Brown's administration resolved the outstanding lawsuit with a requirement that NRG spend about $110 million on California DCFC fast chargers within the state of California.
Irrespective of some "commentators" personal opinions, a settlement resolves none of the underlying issues of the lawsuit, but just provides the financial settlement. So it is conjecture to "punish" EVGo for the purported "sins" of NRG!
The State of the Art of EV driving at the time of this settlement, were EVs with a range of 80-100 miles per charge. The only exception to this were the Tesla's which had their own proprietary SuperCharging system.
EVGo made agreements with Nissan and BMW to favor low capacity vehicles in this range: The chargers would stop charging after 30 minutes, requiring a manual restart.
While this was a PITA for Bolt EV starting in January of 2017, GM elected to NOT make any deals and for years let the marketplace decide where to build fast chargers, while EVGo grew and grew (at least in Southern California, where my primary use was centered and my driving up the coast to Santa Cruz).
The fact of the matter was that if one joined EVGo's monthly subscription plan, their rates were highly competitive and let us not forget that fast charging at a high price is better than no fast charging availability at all!
Further, a method of remote manual restart of the EVGo's 30 minute limit posted on this very forum, opened up the ability to use EVGo and still go get a meal and use the bathroom!
Now maybe in Northern California, your experience was different, but as an early Bolt EV adopter, I was happy to subscribe to EVGo's monthly plan and take advantage of their growing network.
They were nothing close to "horrible" up to 2018, but in actuality the lifeblood of many Bolt EV drivers ability to take long drives from here in Southern California then AND now!
I even used them to drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back in days when the ONLY DCFC on that route was the EVGos in the Mall of Victorville!
Surprisingly you have no bone to pick about Electrify America and its birth from the VW diesel scandal and its current high prices?!?
And BTW: which ones ARE perfect?!?