Carlos
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Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:06 pm

So many questions and so few answers from ECOtality / Blink.

They aren't planning to charge $ for the (charge) until Spring of 2013.
it's not clear if the first years annual fee waiver is for 2012 or 2013.

CS received an email notification of this Blink email but no training as to how it works.
At least that's what my CS contact explained. I'm sure in a few days they will have a few more answers for our questions.

I can't wait for the first charge interruption reboot, starting another billing event at the public EVSE's.
They haven't worked out all the bugs with their current Units and now they want to charge us actual money for usage? (2013)

Must be using the Groupon business plan model.
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derkraut
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Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:13 pm

Except in an emergency-----fugetaboutit at these prices. :(
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detlefo
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Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:24 pm

The email I got said that fees will start Spring 2012. Seems a bit high and does not differentiate on 3.3 or 6.6 Kw charging, but, for emergencies, I'll get plus for the first year. Now if there were any actual chargers in the Sacramento area it would be great. Ikea in West Sac is on the list to get chargers.

eMaS
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Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:46 pm

Blink got to be kidding.
I would ever only charge in an emergency.
The Nissan Leaf is a slow charger anyways.
Where I live there are enough alternative chargers from other companies.
They will fall on their chin and a lot of businesses that they talked into putting up chargers and 'making a fortune'.

Now if they offer L3 QC charging - that would be a different story.
A lot of people want to make money off electric cars but don't understand the concept
Happens every 10 years or so.
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garygid
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Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:00 pm

$1 per charge might be useful, especially at places where you might charge for seveal hours.

However $2 per hour ($16 per full charge) is like $8/gallon gas in my Prius (50 mpg).

So, will ChargePoint follow?
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DaveEV
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Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:59 pm

I see lots of complaining about prices here, but in reality - are you really going to plug in unless you really need it anyway at any price unless it's cheaper than charging at home?

Frankly, if I need the charge, I'll just be happy that there's a EVSE there and available to be used!

At $1.50 / hour that is about $0.40 / kWh, but with gas at $3.75 / gallon, that's comparable to fueling a typical gas car. For the occasional top-off when you need to get where you need to go, you'd probably pay a lot more, and it's likely your average cost to charge will have hardly budged!

Just signed up for the Blink Plus membership (which is free right now!). Tip for people who already have Blink accounts: Log in first, then go to the Membership tab to sign up instead of using the other link.
garygid wrote:So, will ChargePoint follow?
You can guarantee that ChargePoint will follow once their network is built out...

Randy3
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Location: Fresno, CA

Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:17 pm

I signed up for a Blink Plus membership simply because they waive the first year fee. I'll cancel that after the first year if I don't see chargers being installed in the California Central Valley.

I've paid $10 per charge or 2-charge day to a few RV parks. So, $1 per hour and a $30 annual fee will be reasonable if the chargers start showing up. Of course, the RV parks let me use their facilities as part of the $10 fee. That's included swimming, spa, TV/lounge, etc.

Bottom line -- I'm willing to help support Blink financially if they are willing to support charging in the Valley.
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walterbays
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Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:41 pm

drees wrote:Frankly, if I need the charge, I'll just be happy that there's a EVSE there and available to be used!

At $1.50 / hour that is about $0.40 / kWh, but with gas at $3.75 / gallon, that's comparable to fueling a typical gas car. For the occasional top-off when you need to get where you need to go, you'd probably pay a lot more, and it's likely your average cost to charge will have hardly budged!
I agree. Sure at these prices public L2 can't compete with home charging, but for me neither can free public charging compete with home charging. I won't drive somewhere I don't want to be in order to save 35 cents on an hour's charge. I'll charge if it's convenient where I want to be, and if I might need the extra range, and an extra dollar isn't going to change that.

The good thing that may come from paying for charging is that spaces may not be blocked by cars that have finished charging or by ICE cars. Nor are PHEV cars likely to occupy paid public charging stations if they can buy driving range quicker and more cheaply at the gas station.

With the first year's fee waived, signing up for Blink Plus was a no-brainer. If by the first year I have to pay for membership Blink have developed plenty of stations in convenient locations, and a fair number of Quick Charge stations, then I'll gladly pay for the next year. If they have the same paltry number of L2 and no QC, then I'll drop my membership with no regret.

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Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:03 am

This is good news. The more chargers the better. $1 hr is not bad. Wish we had 6 or 10kw chargers in our cars though. That would make this a great deal.
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FairwoodRed
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Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:21 am

There is no way that I'm paying more to drive an EV than to drive an ICE.

I think Blink's prices are high and the model could be better (per kWh). So I specifically decided not to pick a plan with Blink so I can let them know in the way that will get the most attention. After all, it worked with Netflix.

Blink's email did have a link for feedback and I told them as much that way too.

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