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Re: Electrify America Network

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:23 pm
by coulomb
wmcbrine wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:37 pm
It's an interesting question why public charging stations break down so often...
I agree. I find that often they just need a reset, though that sometimes has to come from the network operator (i.e. I call the help line, ask them to reset it, and lo and behold it behaves again). That sounds like imperfect software testing to me.

But also they are often out in the weather, often with members of the public walking past them. The temptation to fiddle with them must be overwhelming for some, and as you say, to vandalise them for (hopefully) a few. I wonder what the average MAGA-hat wearing redneck thinks of these new fangled things that seem to be used by mostly well-to-do elite types.

In Australia, the emergency stop buttons (if even present) are well recessed, and some are even behind glass. They might be like a magnet for "tough kids" showing off.

Re: Electrify America Network

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:29 pm
by DaveinOlyWA
I think some of the break downs is vandalism. Yakima EA is having major issues. There appears to be a concerted effort to prevent anyone from charging there.

Re: Electrify America Network:

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:33 pm
by paulgipe
Transformer Installed at EA's Bakersfield Station

Sometime in the past week PG&E has installed the transformer for the Electrify America station in Bakersfield, California.

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The four-kiosk station has stood nearly complete--less the transformer--for months at Panera Bread.

The station remains offline and the protective plastic wrap, what remains of it, is still on the equipment and cables.

EA's transformer finally installed by PG&E at Panera Bread in Bakersfield, CA.

EA's bakersfield station's four kiosks can serve vehicles with CCS connectors for fast charging. One of the kiosks serves a dual role, charging either CCS cars or those using the CHAdeMO standard, such as the Nissan Leaf.

Ollie Danner, a local EV entrepreneur, said at this Saturday's Drive Electric event in Bakersfield that he'd followed a PG&E truck with the transformer into town to the Panera Bread site.

Drivers using the CHAdeMO DCFC standard should note that the CHAdeMO kiosk also has a CCS cable. If a CCS capable car is charging at the kiosk, the CHAdeMO cable won't be enabled and you'll have to wait until the other vehicle finishes charging.

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Dual head kiosk with CCS and CHAdeMO cables at the EA station in Bakersfield, CA.

Re: Electrify America Network

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:05 pm
by GRA
Two sites have opened, making 7 for the month and 292 total: Pecos, TX (Jct. I-20 ex. 42/U.S. 285); Ypsilanti, MI (Jct. I-94 ex. 181/A/B & U.S. 12).


Pecos closes the last major gap on I-20 west of DFW, shortening the 183 mile leg between Midland and Van Horn to two legs of 94 and 88 miles.

Re: Electrify America Network

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:47 pm
by GRA
Novi MI (I-96 ex. 162, W. of Jct. I-275/696) is open, #8 for the month and #293 total.

Re: Electrify America Network

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:24 pm
by GRA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Jct. I-95 ex. 26/27 & S.R. 842) is open, #9 for the month and #294 total. Davie and SW Ranches are in the same general area, but this is right off I-95. Open on 9/13, but I missed it for a while after EA switched over to the new map, which makes me scan through the entire list to I.D. any new sites.

Re: Electrify America Network

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:38 pm
by DougWantsALeaf
EA Iowa Chademos are both back up. The fix rate seems to be improving. It’s a good sign.

Re: Electrify America Network

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:24 pm
by GRA
Fresno, CA #2 (S.R. 41 ex. 134) is open as of 9/19, #10 for the month, #295 total (and #30 for California).

This is just off the main route into Yosemite from the south, so it should see a fair amount of use.

Re: Electrify America Network

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:39 pm
by GetOffYourGas
Newburgh, NY is open (woot!). This is at a critical intersection of I-87 and I-84. It will serve travelers in both N/S and E/W directions. It is a little redundant with Greenlots chargers for I-87 travelers, but EA so far has a much better track record for availability and maintenance than Greenlots.

Re: Electrify America Network

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:36 pm
by GRA
^^^ Glad you caught that, because I missed it in my daily skimming of the list as my brain started to glaze over. Newburgh is #11 for the month, #296 total. This one's definitely in a needed location.