I went on a charging station scavenger hunt yesterday with mixed results.
First I went to Optimist Park in North Raleigh to check out the alleged charging station there, and sure enough, a new GE ChargeStation was installed there recently (based on new cement poured at its base):
Here is another view of it:
It has two ports servicing 2 parking spots, and a 120V plug in the back of the unit. While this unit looks similar to the one at Whole Foods, this one had an RFID card reader and the instructions are different. It looked like you needed a card to make it work, but I plugged in anyway to see what would happen. As expected, it told me to wave my RFID card to validate the charging. I looked around the station for a web site or phone number of any information that would indicate who to contact to get such card, but no luck. After about 2-3 minutes, I got my phone out to take some pictures and it suddenly started charging! Maybe if you wait long enough it just starts, or perhaps someone was remotely monitoring the unit, detected a vehicle was plugged in and decided to override the card check and let me charge! This one had an LED display that showed how long I was charging and the kWh consumed. I charged for 8 minutes but the kWh stuck at 0.000kWh. I definitely did get some charge, so not sure what the deal there was.
The approximate address of this charging station is 5800 Whittier Dr, Raleigh, NC 27609 for those in the area (by the way, my car auto-updated the charging station once I unplugged--is CARWINGS sophisticated enough to have that uploaded to their server so everyone gets it or is it just on my car?)
After that I headed down to North Hills again to do a little more shopping and check on the progress there. There was someone working around the charging stations, but it looked like they might have been doing some landscaping work. They were not operational yet.