salyavin wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:05 pm
Before the recent DCFC chargers in Montrose and a few others I depended on l2 in Ridgway and other locations (Mountain Village too nearby) to be able to get to where I was going. Even this time last year that was the case. Salida, Montrose and others opening really opened things up. These last 12 months of DCFC installs have really helped inside Colorado. Had to limp on l2 like that lizard park at Great Sand Dunes too. Salida helps. It's amazing to watch the change.
I agree that it would be nice if Rivian's L2 chargers were in an app that showed status. Ridgway was I forgot the brand but basically like a home charger so no way to know in advance.
The Ridgway L2 public charge station is a pair of AeroVironment EVSEs that run at 8 kW, for those cars that can take that. Saw a LEAF there early yesterday morning.
Most of the other L2 installations in the area, other than Tesla Destination Charging, tend to be 7 kW; the ones in Montrose at Centennial Plaza and the Hospital, for example. The ones at the Montrose Rec Center are a painfully slow 4 kW.
Those free Level 2 public charge station installations were 80% supported by state grants. The state grant fund, in turn, was paid for by the extra $50 annual registration fee charged to plug-in cars — $30 to roads and $20 to support charging infrastructure.
With the increasing numbers of DCFC locations, those old L2 public charge stations will be left for local charging and road trips will be supported by DCFC, assuming that one is willing to pay the often high cost.