GetOffYourGas wrote: ↑
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:20 pm
I visited EA in Herkimer NY this evening. Of the 4 stalls, 3 of them fail to charge. I hear/read reports that the same patterns exists across I-90 in NY. Is this others' experience as well? The plus side is that the one working charger is the CCS / CHAdeMO charger. Of course, being a considerate CCS owner, that's the last one I tried (in the off chance a Leaf showed up - none did).
The cynic in me wonders if this isn't done intentionally in order to limit demand charges. I mean, it would be very expensive if, for example, four Konas all showed up and charged at 75kW each for 15 minutes, and that's all the charging that was done for the month. This corridor is low duty-cycle for sure.
When I was traveling across the US a couple months ago, many of the EA locations were having trouble and out of service. I do not believe it is on purpose but I do believe they are wanting to look good by saying they have installed a lot of stations. Whether they work or not is not part of the statistics so far. They definitely have a shortage of trained repairman and have voiced this to me. EA is also not prepared to be heavily relied on.
*2011 Leaf 1 bought 2/28/15 @ 28,000ish mi 10 bar (8 bars @ 11/25/15 @ 37,453 ) (New lizard @ 39,275 mi @ 1/20/2016) Now 52,166 mi.
*Tesla Model S 61,000 mi
*2011 Leaf 2 bought 4/28/15 @ 24,000ish mi 12 bar (new lizard Dec. 2014 @ 22,273 mi) Now 35,485 mi