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https://www.evgonetwork.com/Charging_Plans/

Wow, at $90/month for their recommended plan, you would only break even over a gasoline powered car that gets 35mpg if you drove over 12,000 miles a year.

This deal is definitely not for me because it locks me into 3 years (I probably won't have the Volt that long), and I am already eligible for a free charger with installation (thank you government), so I don't get a the value of the free charger they include in the monthly cost.
 

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I agree. Don't do it! I've had my car for a month - driven 800 miles and my electric bill hasn't gone up compared to last year's bill. So far, owning the Volt is like adding a beer fridge in the garage... a small expense and a lot of fun.
 

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Surprised to see they are in DFW and Houston. Those mostly fall under the EV Project and will be getting chargers free for some time. We are one of those people. Cool that EVGO plans to put one within a couple of miles of my house according to the map. I would like to know the cost of just using them without a home charger factored into the pricing. You are looking at $1764 cost of the charger install and the unit paid out over 3 years. Not sure about a white charger as I would think black or a couple of colors might look better. They value unlimited charging on their stations at $30 a month and your home electricity at $10 a month. A home plan including electricity for $60 might be a good offering if they would do that. Many will not need to use their public ones enough around town to justify $30 more a month over the $49 plan.

Paul (Cari's husband)
 

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Our electricity supplier, DTE Energy, will install a time of use meter in our garage at no cost. This is available for the first 1500 electric car users. If you charge between midnight and 9am. the charge is about 1/2 of the standard fee. If you use the charger from 9am to midnight, the charge is 50% higher than standard. They also offer a flat rate fee of $40.00/month. Now it depends on how often you charge. Hmmmmm!
 

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Don't ever sign up for a set-fee per month plan. You never know your expected needs. Usage only is important.

Energy companies are getting scummier as the deregulation occurs. Their prey is the uninformed and unfortunatly, a lot of people wil sign up. Some of these "energy companies" are only billers who push paper. Like some long distance providers. Remember MCI? They never owned phone lines, did they? There will be a lot of "MCI-type" billers for the various states' deregulated energy systems.
 

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Electric vehicles hit plug-in problem - Chicagoland

I read the hard copy of this yesterday and could have swore I saw a $60/month plan...it stood out to me because in a previous article the estimate was $30-$35/month. I do not see a mention of the monthly plans in the online version...my memory is weak or they had second thoughts on publishing such a high number.

See red below. Cost of charges is not cheap...especially the level 3!!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0216-charging-stations-20110216,0,4310432.story

Electric vehicles hit plug-in problem
Competing technologies mean not all vehicles will be able to use the fastest charging method


By Julie Wernau, Tribune reporter
February 16, 2011

By the end of this year the Chicago area will have 73 public stations that can charge an electric vehicle in under 30 minutes, more than anywhere else in the world.

But the Ford Focus electric vehicles slated to hit the Chicago market later this year won't be able to plug into the fast-charging charging stations, which are designed to serve Japanese cars such as the Mitsubishi i MiEV and the Nissan Leaf. They won't enter the Chicago area until at least next year.

Moreover, industry standards are changing so rapidly that as soon as Chicago's fast-charging stations are installed, they may be obsolete. Other auto manufacturers are expected to sign on to a new standard for fast charging that would be incompatible with Chicago's infrastructure.

"Whenever you get cutting-edge technology, you get new standards. Like with Betamax and VHS," said Oliver Hazimeh, head of the global eMobility practice at PRTM, a global management consulting firm. "On the other hand, it's very expensive to build out these things and then over time have to swap them out as new standards are developed."

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The company installing the stations, 350Green LLC, has promised to upgrade the equipment if a new standard is adopted, according to its contract with the city. The fast-charging stations are priced at $65,000 each, and it's not clear how much it would cost to retrofit those stations.

The technological speed bump underscores the challenges policymakers face in the race toward widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

"The big challenge or battle right now is on what standard is going to be developed for what people call fast or faster charging," said Jack Pokrzywa, manager of global ground vehicle standards for SAE International, which develops North American standards for automotive electrical connectors.

The maker of the fast-charge stations, to be known here as CharJit Express, contends the technology will remain relevant.

"I don't think that the technology is something where there's suddenly going to be a completely different way to do this," said Kristen Helsel, vice president of electric vehicle solutions at AeroVironment, which manufactures the charging stations that 350Green is installing in the Chicago area. "The ones that go out today will be absolutely applicable well into the future."

The Chicago Tribune reported last week that the city of Chicago has awarded a $1.9 million contract to San Diego-based 350Green to install 280 electric vehicle charging stations in Chicago and the suburbs. About two-thirds of the $8.7 million project will be funded through public subsidies, according to the company's proposal.

In addition to the fast-charging stations, the project includes 146 slower public charging stations, commonly referred to as Level 2, priced at just under $10,000 each.

While automakers have agreed to use the same plug-and-socket for slower charges, no standard has been set for fast-charging technology, which has left countries like Japan, Germany and Italy competing to have their technology become the new standard.

With no fast-charge standard in place, Chicago is installing stations that use a Japanese plug with 10 pins, even as the Society of Automotive Engineers is considering a plug with seven.

Only the Mitsubishi i MiEV and the Nissan Leaf offer a port for quick-charging using the same Japanese standard that will be used in Chicago. The SAE proposal on the table would adopt the standard Level 2 connector to accommodate fast charging.

"You have two openings in your body of your vehicles. One is accommodating 120 volts or 240 volts, the other is for fast charging. We're coming up with a solution that would combine those two," said Pokrzywa. "One socket covers it all."

The Ford Focus Electric, slated as the first plug-in vehicle to hit the Chicago market, can take only a standard Level 2 charge.

"With so few fast-charging stations available now or in the near future, we felt it was best to wait for an industry standard rather than include a plug that could end up outdated or unused," said Megan Whatman, a spokeswoman for Ford Motor Co.

The Chevy Volt will also use the standard plug-in. It runs on gasoline after its battery is depleted.

While the majority of electric vehicle owners are expected to charge vehicles at home using a Level 1 or Level 2 charger, which can take up to 20 hours, studies show that drivers want the option to quickly charge their vehicles. Survey data from Nissan show that 80 percent of drivers prefer to have the option to charge quickly, and 75 percent are willing to pay more to use public stations that can deliver a faster charge.

Joshua Milberg, first deputy commissioner of Chicago's Department of Environment, said if another standard for fast-charging stations is adopted, the stations can be easily retrofitted to accommodate both older vehicles that use the Japanese standard and newer vehicles that use a different standard, like adding a new nozzle at a gas pump.

"The cars that are coming to market in Chicago that allow for DC quick-charging are coming to market with a (Japanese) plug," he said. "We don't want those people to not be able to charge their vehicles at these charging stations."

Milberg said the city and state are staying ahead of the technology by continuing to seek grants to continue to build infrastructure. At the same time, he said, the city is putting together a Chicago electric vehicle strategic roadmap with a consultant firm that is working on the project pro bono.

As part of the charging infrastructure build-out, 350Green will be required to submit frequent reports to the city about how, when and where charging infrastructure is being used, which Milberg said the city will use to help create that roadmap.
 

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Actually this is probably a pretty good deal if you use public charging stations

I don't live in an area that has government subsidized charger installation and the public charging stations in the parking garages here in Cleveland are $8 extra per day. My commute is 50 miles each way, this morning (2/18/11) I got 41 EV miles and need to charge my Volt while at work to avoid going home totally on gasoline.

According to the link posted (https://www.evgonetwork.com/Charging_Plans), the $90 per month includes home charging equipment and installation, three year service agreement (I assume this includes any trouble shooting and repair of the charging equipment), Unlimited use of their public charging network, and as voltage692 points out, the small cost of electricity to charge the vehicle at home.

The cost of a non-subsidized 240V charging station excluding installation is about $1000, just the principal and interest at 4% on a 3 year loan for $1000 is $30 per month.

$8 per day for 20 working days a month is $160 per month, that puts just equipment cost and public charging cost at $190 per month.

For me just the unlimited public charging access would be worth the $90 per month.
 

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No business model so far

Haven't seen a reseller business model that works so far. There is one for companies selling EVSE equipment but not for resellers. The problems are: (1) a kWh is so cheap you need really big margins to make any money and (2) the in/out time is too long for any volume and too inconvenient for consumers.
 
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