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Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:25 am
by adric22
I'll stick with the guest usage. I don't mind paying $2 per hour on a rare occasion that I might need a charge. I suppose if there were more chargers in the area that I could use on a regular basis when I go to all of the places I go, I'd consider the monthly subscription.

Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:50 am
by DaveEV
adric22 wrote:I'll stick with the guest usage. I don't mind paying $2 per hour on a rare occasion that I might need a charge. I suppose if there were more chargers in the area that I could use on a regular basis when I go to all of the places I go, I'd consider the monthly subscription.
IMO, the only reason you wouldn't sign up would be if you don't want to provide your info to Blink for some reason, or there aren't any Blink stations in your area.

Otherwise, the Basic membership is free, and the Plus membership is free right now, too If you find that you rarely or never use their stations, downgrade from the Plus to the Basic before they charge you. There is no downside to signing up for the Plus membership at this time that I can see.

As for paying more to "fuel" the LEAF compared to an "ICE" - as I said I have no issue with it if a well placed EVSE lets me get where I need to go!

Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:09 am
by evnow
drees wrote: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?
At home I pay about 11 cents/kWh or 40 cents/hour. I don't mind paying double the rate.

So, I don't mind paying about $1/hour.

Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:13 am
by smkettner
evnow wrote:So, I don't mind paying about $1/hour.
$1 per hour would seem to be a reasonable max with no membership or other recurring fees.
But still if I am at a competitive venue spending money it still seems high.

Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:31 pm
by greenleaf
Anyone knows what is the revenue sharing formula from the revenue collected? How much of it goes to Ecotality, and how much of it goes to the sponsoring organization?

Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:44 am
by Stanton
I decided to sign up for the "Basic" membership as well: there are no additional fees and at least my CC is on file in case I really need a charge. The question is: how bad will I need a charge to actually PAY for it (the answer is: pretty bad). Right now there's more Blinks near me than ChargePoint chargers, and I'm curious if/when ChargePoint will expand their network (I really like their hardware/setup better than Blink's).

Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:11 am
by DMHLeafer
I already have a Blink card that I have used once or twice. Does this mean that if I do nothing, at some point my Blink card will not work? Will I have to sign up for some level of service and provide credit card information?

Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:23 am
by oakwcj
In order to sign up for a membership plan, you are required to agree to an amended RPA [residential property agreement], even though the memberships are for commercial charging only. In my case, clicking on the acceptance would extend the termination date of my agreement from December 31, 2012, until April 30, 2014, and would give Ecotality the unilateral power to make further changes to the agreement. There is another thread on Ecotality's attempts to amend contracts already in effect. I was never asked to agree to the amendments, and would not have done so. This is an incredibly sneaky and underhanded attempt to accomplish the same result through different means. If you are considering signing up for a membership plan, read the agreements carefully and decide whether you really want to do this.

Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:32 am
by TonyWilliams
oakwcj wrote:clicking on the acceptance would extend the termination date of my agreement from December 31, 2012, until April 30, 2014, and would give Ecotality the unilateral power to make further changes to the agreement.
That needs to be highlighted, and repeated. Slimy, slimy, slimy.

Re: Blink membership plans & fees

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:41 am
by greenleaf
oakwcj wrote:In order to sign up for a membership plan, you are required to agree to an amended RPA [residential property agreement], even though the memberships are for commercial charging only. In my case, clicking on the acceptance would extend the termination date of my agreement from December 31, 2012, until April 30, 2014, and would give Ecotality the unilateral power to make further changes to the agreement. There is another thread on Ecotality's attempts to amend contracts already in effect. I was never asked to agree to the amendments, and would not have done so. This is an incredibly sneaky and underhanded attempt to accomplish the same result through different means. If you are considering signing up for a membership plan, read the agreements carefully and decide whether you really want to do this.
What!? This is incredibly sneaky if true.

Can we get the spouse to sign up for a separate account to get a separate RFID card?