davewill wrote:OK, I admit some confusion. There are not only two Blink locations at UCSD, there are 4 or 5, plus a few more locations within 5 miles or so of the campus. It is literally the last place in the county I'd expect to get stranded. I don't believe they could possibly all have been down. We've had no indications of a system-wide shutdown, in fact, Car Charging has indicated that they are actively taking on maintenance of the system.
What it really sounds like is that he was too close to empty and got really crappy customer service, and that DOES need to change.
On plugshare it looks like around 12 locations within 5 miles, most with 2-5 charging stations each. But that's not the last place to get stranded. In a comparable area a bit to the west plugshare shows 65 locations. I don't remember whether blinknetwork.com has showed SDSU QC as being down the last two months, and that web site is down now so I can't check.
I thought from the title of this thread that the feared system-wide shutdown of all Blink locations had occurred, and the web site outage does nothing to allay that fear. I'm going to go look at one or two Blink locations to see whether or not they're turned on. *
Blink's bankruptcy aside, finding stations can be a problem. At this early stage of infrastructure deployment I do think all drivers ought to carry a device capable of viewing plugshare.com to find stations. Crowd sourced plugshare is most likely to give accurate information on whether the station is working. But also when someone calls Blink the customer "service" agent ought to be able to view not only blinknetwork.com but also plugshare.com and direct them to a nearby charging station, Blink or the competition.
Then there's the car's navigation system, which on those few occasions that my destination has been out of range diligently nagged me to divert to various charging locations. I'll bet, though, that the navigation system still has no idea that the SDSU QC is broken despite daily online updates for the past two months. Nissan could cut their towing bill quite a bit if they would improve the data feed to their navigation systems.
*PS, I "looked" at a lot of Blink locations on plugshare and saw many stations marked "offline" and only one, Oceanside Transit, that had a successful charging check-in posted within the last month. But I really looked at one location, Mitchell International near 805 and Governor, and their Blink stations appear to be working so I don't think that Blink shut down the entire network. They just had the "usual" problem of so many stations. Of 5 stations, 4 were occupied by what appeared to be fleet vehicles and this may well have been the reason that Mitchell installed the stations. One Leaf had recently completed a 5 hour charge. Three Volts were sitting in the spaces not even plugged in. I checked the touch screen of one of the VoltICEd stations and it was responsive.
PPS, blinknetwork.com is back up now and it does show the SDSU QC station as being unavailable, but shows 15 other (L2) stations on campus as being available.
PPPS, it would sure ease my infrastructure anxiety if anyone anywhere could cite a single instance of Blink having repaired a broken charging station since the CCG acquisition. Anyone see it happen?