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What charging cards should I be signing up for?

Discussion in 'North America' started by Stimyg, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. Stimyg

    Stimyg Member

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    I've got a Chargepoint. And a Beam Charging. So what other EV charging station cards should I be signing up for, in case I find myself in the wild and running low on charge?
     
  2. bollar

    bollar Disgruntled Member

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    Blink for sure.
     
  3. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    I got Chargepoint (more widespread atleast in Calif.) and Blink.
     
  4. joshuaeven

    joshuaeven Member

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    You are going to want to get the cards for the charging networks in your area. Look at Plugshare and see what chargers are in the areas you frequent. Those are the cards you need.
     
  5. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    I just got a SemaCharge card this week when I found several SemaCharge stations in Kansas City (at Walgreen's locations). They're all currently free and the card may be unnecessary, but with my ChargePoint experiences so far having the card saves time/effort of making a phone call to get access to the charger, instead a simple swipe does the trick.

    Besides the SemaCharge I have a Blink and a ChargePoint card so far, but there isn't much infrastructure around me.
     
  6. aviators99

    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    I have a ChargePoint card (and a ChargePoint charger), but don't see why it's necessary. You can tap any RFID-enabled card (PayPass, etc.) or just go into the ChargePoint app to start it. No phone call is necessary.
     
  7. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Really! That's a good tip. Guess it just has you prepared for the non-Free chargers then.
    And I thought I was so smart thinking ahead and getting the card...
     
  8. aviators99

    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    Hey, wallet bling is a good enough reason to have it :)

    But you don't even need it for paid chargers. Actually, you don't even need an account if you have a contactless credit card. But you do need an account to use the app to start it.
     
  9. DuncanWatson

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    I have Blink, Chargepoint and AeroVironment are the three I have. AeroVironment is for the West Coast EV highway stations and the other two are for the various commonly available ones around town. I keep all cards or fobs for charging networks in my glove box. I don't need clutter in my wallet
     

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