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Defective downtown San Antonio charging stations being replaced

Discussion in 'Texas' started by TexasEV, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. TexasEV

    TexasEV Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2013
    Austin, TX
    I haven't seen it mentioned here, but on and our local Austin/San Antonio owners group email there are lots of warnings about how the EV Charge America charging stations in downtown San Antonio parking garages don't work for Teslas and cause the car to shut off. The city of San Antonio has notified us that these charging stations are being replaced:

    Austin-San Antonio Tesla Owners, we thank you for forwarding your
    experiences with the City of San Antonio's EV America charging stations.
    Please know that the power had been shut off to all the EV America charging
    stations in city-owned parking garages several months ago. Moreover, the
    charging stations are covered to prevent electric vehicles from connecting.

    City Council approval to transfer ownership of the City-owned EV Charge
    America to CPS Energy is tentatively scheduled for November 2014. Upon City
    Council approval, CPS Energy proposes to replace the EV America charging
    stations with ChargePoint stations in early 2015. These will include
    stations at the following City of San Antonio parking facilities: Houston
    Street Garage; St. Mary's Garage; Library Garage; and the Marina Garage.
    Additionally, the city-owned location at the Thousand Oaks Library will also
    be transferred to CPS Energy. However, the two locations at the City of San
    Antonio's International Airport Long Term Parking Garage are operating with
    no reported incidents and will not be replaced or transferred to CPS Energy.

    CPS Energy has provided written assurance that the replacement Charge Point
    stations are identical to the EV charging stations already installed by CPS
    Energy and that they have proven to work well with a variety electric
    vehicles, including the Tesla Model S.

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]​Thank you to Councilman Nirenberg for facilitating this![/FONT]
  2. Chris TX

    Chris TX Active Member

    Sep 30, 2013
    Dallas, TX
    This is great! I was down there on Thursday and almost had to charge at one of them. I forgot about them not working with Teslas and would have surely shut down the car. I'm really interested to know what the cause of that is, too.
  3. wart

    wart Nosecone Member

    Jun 1, 2014
    San Antonio, TX
    Last time I drove by Thousand Oaks Library the "charging station" there was a metal post with nothing attached to it. Maybe I'll remember to swing by after work today to see if it's still the case.

    At any rate, hooray for more charging infrastructure!

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