However, the situation is so important, but a big change in its mode of transport will come with surprises. Examples of the type of barriers that may appear. I think it is good to try to discover and solve these problems before making a complete change and doing so on the go or in a difficult situation.

◊ You may need to obtain an account, an RFID card and / or an application to use the charging stations in your area, whether ChargePoint, eVgo, Fastned, PlugSurfing, GreenWay or galactic (the network I use especially in Poland) .

Even if the charging stations are free, you may have a map to use. I went to a big mall on the first weekend, I had a Nissan leaf here in Poland. This place, located on the outskirts of the city, has some of the most recent charging stations in the city (photo in the photo above).

It is expected that the information office in the mall to have RFID cards, but has not done so. I spent about an hour to work through different employees and offices and no one could find the cards. I was ready to go home for free, but that’s the kind of thing that can happen to anyone and you probably want to meet the challenge when it’s convenient to do it, not when you’re in a hurry or lightly loaded.

(Note: The description of this PlugShare station shows the RFID card to get the information desk at the mall that was not clear before going there that the staff would have no idea of ​​.location of these cards and maybe not even) .

◊ We have a charging station on the same street of our house in a mall where we regularly walk anyway (pictured right), but in a closed rendering area to the center of the shopping park. It seems to be easy to get in anytime, but I have found that there are times when the security staff is not there and it takes a long time to get there. Again, it is best to find out these things while you have time to explore and not when you and your family depends on a semi-fast load.

◊ I loaded our Tesla in that same mall for a few hours the other day. I charge up to 100% because I was preparing for a long distance trip the next morning and did not do port charging at home. However, at the end of the charging session, my Mennekes Type 2 charging cable has been blocked at the station. I was able to get out of the car, but not outside the station port.

I called the service number of the freight network and the support person said it would take 3 hours for a technician to get there. It was good for me to go home, to work and vice versa, but it was not very practical. I spoke to one of my Tesla shuttle business associates who had a Nissan LEAF for several years (LEAF mentioned above, lent me a weekend) and the assumption was that some components the charging station would get a little hot charge for 3 Hours at ~ 22 kW, and the charging port locked until it cools down.

◊ Getting ICE’d (blocked by gasoline cars) is one thing. There are thousands of charging stations in the USA. And thousands across Europe. In practice planning, you can consult the PlugShare and ChargeHub charging stations to get an idea of ​​where you can charge your car locally, but use some stations that show if they are often ICE (or locked or off) ), Which over time can change their overall charge plans.