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 Post subject: Re: driving distances w/ 2017 e-Golf
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:20 pm 
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And their fast charge fee has increased from $10 to 15.00 per visit. The minimum fee for the new 150kWh chargers will be $25.00 per visit.

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 Post subject: Re: driving distances w/ 2017 e-Golf
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:24 pm 
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And their fast charge fee has increased from $10 to 15.00 per visit. The minimum fee for the new 150kWh chargers will be $25.00 per visit.

That is the maximum allowable charge for walk-up customers according to the settlement with the State. EVgo hasn't actually changed the pricing. It is still $4.95 + $0.20/minute up to 30 minutes. Since no 150kW chargers are open, they have not published the pricing for those.

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 Post subject: Re: driving distances w/ 2017 e-Golf
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:29 pm 
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miimura wrote:
JoulesThief wrote:
And their fast charge fee has increased from $10 to 15.00 per visit. The minimum fee for the new 150kWh chargers will be $25.00 per visit.

That is the maximum allowable charge for walk-up customers according to the settlement with the State. EVgo hasn't actually changed the pricing. It is still $4.95 + $0.20/minute up to 30 minutes. Since no 150kW chargers are open, they have not published the pricing for those.


What's 30 minutes plus time going out of your way to hit a quick charger, and then time getting back on the main throughfare worth? Call it an hour's of your spare time.... to recharge? What do you bill your time at, for the company you work for? That's the problem I have with charging anywhere else except at home in my garage.

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 Post subject: Re: driving distances w/ 2017 e-Golf
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:01 pm 
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I suspect most people driving the 2015-2016 e-Golf are not making a DCFC stop on the commute to work - I certainly don't. I make a one way 100 mile trip about 15 times a year and a one way 250 mile trip once a year. Otherwise, I charge at home or at free stations downtown while running errands. For all of the savings I'm getting by spending $250 a year at home on fuel for my normal commuting of about 9000 miles yearly, I am willing to wait an additional 30 to 40 minutes (I spend $3.25 on my most used 100 mile route for a DCFC session) for these very rare longer trips.


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 Post subject: Re: driving distances w/ 2017 e-Golf
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:08 pm 
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f1geek wrote:
I suspect most people driving the 2015-2016 e-Golf are not making a DCFC stop on the commute to work - I certainly don't. I make a one way 100 mile trip about 15 times a year and a one way 250 mile trip once a year. Otherwise, I charge at home or at free stations downtown while running errands. For all of the savings I'm getting by spending $250 a year at home on fuel for my normal commuting of about 9000 miles yearly, I am willing to wait an additional 30 to 40 minutes (I spend $3.25 on my most used 100 mile route for a DCFC session) for these very rare longer trips.


Where do you pay $3.25 to use a DCFC device in CA? Is this a 24 kwh or 55 kwh device. You can PM me if you'd like.

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 Post subject: Re: driving distances w/ 2017 e-Golf
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:57 pm 
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Where do you pay $3.25 to use a DCFC device in CA? Is this a 24 kwh or 55 kwh device. You can PM me if you'd like.

There are 4 ChargePoint 50kW stations in the underground parking below the Whole Foods at Park Place, San Mateo. The fee is only $0.25/kWh for the first hour of charging. A 30 minute charge on a 2015 or 2016 e-Golf would probably deliver less than 18kWh, which is only $4.50. If you arrived with more than 1/8 battery level, then it would deliver even less due to charge tapering, reducing the fee.

PlugShare - Park Place at Bay Meadows

This should be the go-to place for anyone in the South Bay making an airport run to SFO. The VW ERL is at the next exit down 101, but it is a single charger and it free, so it is heavily used and appears to be currently broken.

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 Post subject: Re: driving distances w/ 2017 e-Golf
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:30 pm 
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miimura, there are a few free 55kwh chargers in Los Angeles. It's ironic, the CCQC handle is frequently broken or jammed with bubble gum in the pins, and not working, while the ChaDeMo side almost always works on the machine nearest me. I just really don't like using that particular fast charger, and will usually hunt down a charge point 100+ 24 kWh charger if I am in a bind. My battery is doing OK, but it could be doing better. Might have to work the battery a little hard one of these days, then give it a level 2 charge back up at home. I almost never put a full throttle load on the battery in this car. Perhaps I should. A freeway run to 75 mph is perhaps in order.

Still, even at $3.45 a gallon for D2 here in CA now for the TDI, I just prefer it for longer drives.... waaaay more comfortable ride. My e-Golf rides on a taut set of springs from the factory. A rather sporty, albeit rough ride. City streets here are always in a constant state of rough, torn up and in disrepair.

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