In California, nrg
(which had acquired the liability for Enron's misdeeds of 15 years ago) had been given a sweetheart(?) settlement which required them to put in charging stations. Now, nrg EVgo I think is trying to make a viable business case for EVSEs and offers three different rate plans in my area:ON-THE-GO
$14.95 monthly, no signup fee, DCQC 10¢/min, L2 of $1.00/hr, $29 early termination fee of 12mo. contractLEVEL 2
$5.95 monthly, no signup fee, DCQC of $4.95/session + 20¢/min, L2 of $1.00/hr, $29 early termination fee of 12mo. contractFLEX
$0 monthly, $4.95 signup fee, DCQC of $4.95/session + 20¢/min, L2 of $1.50/hr
I've signed up for the $0 monthly plan, as I rarely need DCQC since I usually find L2 sufficient at most of my destinations. Incidentally, is the standard abbreviation DCQC or DCFC?
A few weeks ago I drove our iMiEV down to Monterey (a little over 80 miles one way) and stopped at different nrg EVgo DCQC stations, one in Gilroy when going down the Salinas Valley, the other in Santa Cruz when coming back up the coast. They're the only DCQC available. My bill summary just came:
Going I used DCQC for 18 minutes to achieve 80% SOC
Coming I used DCQC for 14 minutes to achieve 80% SOC
Total of 32 minutes at $0.20/minute + 2 sessions at %4.95/session = $16.30
I'm too cheap to spend the $5 to experiment to see if the DCQC will push the SOC over 80% if I try enabling it again. In reality, I pulled the plug and topped up at a nearby Blink L2 (although I didn't really need to and left a note on the car saying ok to unplug) while we had breakfast on the way down to Monterey.
Had I taken my Gen1 Honda Insight, at its easy 75 miles/gallon, I'd have used a little over two gallons. With our gas costing a little under $3/gallon (had to look that up as I haven't been to a gas station in ages), that means my fuel would have cost $6.00. I guess if people drive regular cars which get 30mpg, the fuel cost would have been just about the same as the iMiEVs.
I had plugged into my friends' dryer outlet to fill up during our stay in Monterey - the bottle of wine would have been part of the deal no matter which car we took.
Are these DCQC prices in line with others' experiences?
Incidentally, in case someone is questioning the Gen1 Honda Insight's mpg, here's a snapshot I took of the dashboard of my Insight that had been destroyed when a drunk driver rear-ended me 1-1/2 years ago: that's 77.0mpg over its 94,520 miles lifetime! Happily I had bought a spare Insight when they were discontinued - the red one.Edit:
Being OT, instead of showing my two Insights within this post, here's the link to their photo:http://www.katiekat.net/Vehicles/Insight/TwoInsightsS.jpg