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Is ChargePoint worth joining?

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by dweeks, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. dweeks

    dweeks Member

    Aug 26, 2014
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Most of my charging will be done via my home HPWC, or Superchargers. But having backups when out of town is smart.

    Is the ChargePoint network any good? Are most of the their stations working all the time? For example, I've heard that Blink is not very reliable.
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Mar 8, 2012
    I have both Blink and ChargePoint cards. In 35+K of driving over 21 months I've never used either. As long as there is no monthly charge, having them does no harm--just means you are a belt and suspenders person.
  3. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

    Apr 3, 2009
    Blink you can likely skip, but I come across CP stations quite often (especially in NYC). There's no fee to have them, but it can be a PITA to get one turned on at an odd hour if you don't have a card. I say get one and store it in the car somewhere.
  4. JohnQ

    JohnQ Active Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Redding, CT
    Absolutely worthwhile. I have a Chargepoint card and use it at least once a month when I go up to Boston. I got a Blink card not thinking I'd use it but my in-laws are outside Knoxville and I've been there twice with the S and used the network on free chargers a few times. Options are useful.
  5. Rockster

    Rockster Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    McKinney, TX
    I joined when I got the car and put my charge point card in the little kangaroo pouch in the seat, just in case.

    In the ensuing 12 months/21,000 miles I haven't needed it once. Starting each day fully charged has made any L2 charging around DFW completely unnecessary for us.
  6. Merrill

    Merrill Active Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    Sonoma, California
    Same as above, have both cards but charge at home or at the Superchargers. Used the CP card maybe 3 or 4 times and it was nice to have the card. Do not know about blink, never used one.
  7. Lloyd

    Lloyd Active Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Nice to have when you are traveling away from your home area. Only takes once to make them worthwhile!
  8. bollar

    bollar Disgruntled Member

    May 1, 2013
    Southlake, TX
    There's no reason not to have it. I rarely use it, but it's just better to have the account setup in advance, just in case.

    I don't have a physical card, and just use their app.
  9. tiblot

    tiblot Member

    May 22, 2013
    Herndon, Virginia, United States
    I have both - the physical card is sometimes important to have. The App requires you to be within 250ft of a station to have it unlock and start charging.
    Sometimes the stations are in the wrong place on the map and you won't be able to use the App :(

    Card always works since you just swipe on the station.
  10. Thumper

    Thumper Member

    May 6, 2011
    Corvallis, OR
    I have all three major cards, Blink, Chargepoint and Semacharge. I can't imagine not having them if you travel away from home. I consider their prices ridiculous but with them, you are almost always fairly near a charge location. I have used each at least once. Joining is free. Why not?
  11. hydro

    hydro Member

    Dec 6, 2013
    We are from Québec and traveled to Florida last month. Just to be on the safe side we joined the Chargepoint network. Used it once in Melbourne, FL. All in all our 8000 km trip cost us 0.13 US cents!! Indeed, as you most likely deducted, all but 1 Kw/h were on SuperChargers (at 45000km in 10 month of ownership, it was our first use of SC as there are none yet in Québec). Being on a very tight schedule and the ChargePoint charger being a long way to the Hotel we we stayed, it became a faster alternative to go to the Port Ste-Lucie SC than to wait it out at that Melbourne ChargePoint. So after about 10 minutes of charging I unhooked and headed towards Port St-Lucie.

    Back to ChargePoint!! Before leaving for the trip I did order the cards for 4.95$ but the cards did not reach our mailbox before departure time. I had installed the ChargePoint app so that is what I used at Melbourne. The way ChargePoint say they will bill you is the way they bill you : when joining ( October 4th) they charged us 4.95$ for the optional plastic cards (which were in our mailbox when we returned) and on October 25th they charged us 25.00$ (Usage credits). Because we used 1 Kw/h, we now have 24.84$ on credit for future use. The support offered by their phone staff is outstanding to say the least.

    So I guess you understand I do recommend you join!! I intentionally put more details than less as I understand the need of newer owners for detailed info as it can appear to be overwhelming at times.

    Also, if you would like to come and visit our beautiful country, in my area there are actually two network I carry card for (great service too) :

    Charge your electric car in Québec – Le Circuit électrique

    To conclude, if your on the fence either for getting an S ,joining ChargePoint or going a long road trip, just go for it, you will greatly envoy it!!

    Cheers to all
  12. Only Trons

    Only Trons Member

    Jun 22, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    As others have noted, it is always good to have backup plans. I have ChargePoint but not Blink. I have the physical ChargePoint card (got it at no cost). 98% of the time, my home charger and Superchargers (when on the road) have served my needs. But there have been a couple of occasions when it was good to have another source of power, and a ChargePoint station was nearby. I have used ChargePoint in Richmond, Virginia before the supercharger was open --- I was at the Science Museum and there were two ChargePoint charging stations there --- they were not free but the fee was reasonable (it was a long time ago, so I don't remember the amount). We were at the Museum for several hours, so I got enough charge to enable the return trip home to Northern Virginia. And when I was in Savannah, GA, I initially topped off at the Supercharger, but then did a lot of local driving around town. I spent time in the downtown area, and had to pay to park anyway -- it just so happens that there are no-cost ChargePoint stations in a couple of the city public parking lots, so I plugged in while I was visiting museums, etc. My advice: have as many back-up options as (reasonably) possible ---- you never know when you might need one!
  13. David99

    David99 Active Member

    Jan 31, 2014
    Brea, Orange County
    Doesn't hurt. Neither ChargePoint nor Blink have a monthly fee. I got a card from all EV charging networks just in case. I have used both ChargePoint and Blink quite a few times here around California.
  14. cpa

    cpa Member

    May 17, 2014
    Central Valley
    Yes to all the above. As the SC network comes to completion and destination HPWC are everywhere, the likelihood of needing third-party charging capabilities will diminish to near zero. However, there will be certain connector highways that will not have either SC or HPWC but might be a fun drive that might have ChargePoint or other public charging stations to enable an overnight charge or a lengthy lunch charge.

    For example, I would suspect that US2 across northern Idaho and Montana to reach Glacier might never have Superchargers, but would have public charging around Sandpoint or Kalispell. Or maybe I am dead wrong! Time will tell :smile:
  15. tga

    tga Active Member

    Apr 8, 2014
    New Hampshire
    I got a chargepoint card when I was first thinking about getting an EV. The card sat in my desk drawer for months.

    It's free, why not?
  16. Denarius

    Denarius Active Member

    Apr 27, 2013
    I ordered a chargepoint card when I received my Model S a year and a half ago. I've never used it.
  17. dhrivnak

    dhrivnak Active Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    NE Tennessee
    I have both ChargePoint and Blink. They operate in different states so depending on where you are going you many need one or the other. As others have said they are both "free" so get the card as insurance.
  18. v12 to 12v

    v12 to 12v Active Member

    Jul 10, 2012
    We have Chargepoint, Blink and AeroVironment. All are used in the NW. Some Blink networks stations are more reliable than others. It depends on who is running them.
    AeroVironment is a part of the West Coast Electric Highway in Washington and Oregon. AE's fob used to be free, but now there is a $15 activation fee.
  19. shady

    shady Member

    Nov 26, 2012
    Morgan Hill, California
    I have Chargepoint, because, occasionally I forget to plug in overnight, and I can use Chargepoint at work ($1 per hour)
    I got Blink when I did my roadtrip to San Diego. San Diego Zoo have Blink chargers. That was handy because there are no superchargers in San Diego yet.
  20. kota23

    kota23 Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    I have Chargepoint, Blink, and have recently added Semacharge and eVgo. I have only ever used Chargepoint and it is very reliable and they are usually pretty good to respond to broken stations. I don't have home charging so I rely heavily on public charging.

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