TonyWilliams wrote:I love the EVgo network, and I really don't like going to broken / crowded free sites. I particularly like that they have now installed over 900 DC fast chargers.
I pay just $14.95 per month, and 10 cents per minute. My cost per mile using EVgo is on par with me charging at home at about 6.5 cents per mile. A typical fillup in my new 2017 LEAF-S is just 30-45 minutes, so just $3 to $4.50. Just using it twice per month pays that monthly fee, and everything after that is really cheap.
I'll happily support such a low cost, widely dispersed charging infrastructure, and you're welcome to contribute what you do.
I pay $4.16 a month, flat fee, to use any one of over 250 Chargepoint chargers in Austin, including QC -- zero per-minute charge. Since I visit our downtown QC at least three times a week, my cost per "fill-up" there alone is only about 35¢. My marginal cost of kWhs at home is 3¢/mile.
As a friend of mine says, "The map of the world is drawn from where you stand." So, yeah, sounds like for you the EVgo pricing structure is a good deal. Not so much for me, but "pricey" is relative, and I should have remembered that.
(Re "broken": the only QC in Austin that's consistently broken is an Eaton at one of the bigger Nissan dealers. Re: "crowded": It's true that the QC downtown is popular with the Teslas.
However, I find that they're pretty nice about letting me cut in line. If another Leaf owner or a BMW is there, I hang and chat with them for the few minutes it takes for them to finish up. Oddly, I have never encountered a Volt/Bolt at that station--do they not have QC ports?)
The Chargepoint app lets you see whether a given station is in use. More importantly, if it is, they can send you a notification when it's available again. That's a handy feature -- I use it a lot.