BuffaloBillsfan wrote:Picking up my leaf tomorrow. When I go to charge for the first time, do I need an account set up with someone to activate the charger? I'm in the Buffalo, NY area if that helps.
Err... Depends on the charger (if fast charger or DCQC) or charging station (aka L2). Note that fast charging uses an external charger, and normal charging uses the charger in the car, so is more correctly a charging station.
Some chargers, such as some EVGO locations, take credit cards.https://www.plugshare.com/location/99689
Some charging stations are non-networked, and you just plug in. On the house.https://www.plugshare.com/location/58256
Sometimes you might need to ask or pay, even with a non-networked location. If in doubt, ask.https://www.plugshare.com/location/11838
A very few stations are free, but you need a network card to activate. I used to have an example of this, but the charging station was replaced this summer. I think that the ChargePoint stations here are that way, but have not tried in years:https://www.plugshare.com/location/2694
Many stations and chargers are on networks, and you often but not always can call a number and turn on the charger or station by giving them a credit card. Best to have an account, as you get a cheaper rate, and the network card or a cell phone app for the network. The DCQC or fast charger at this location is that way, but the L2 stations are non-networked and free.https://www.plugshare.com/location/53959