Blink Ends Its Participation In Free Level 2 Charging For Nissan’s No-Charge-To-Charge Program

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 25

 

Rather abruptly and without providing any actual reason (other than perhaps its own pending insolvency), Blink has decided to remove all of its Level 2 chargers from the Nissan LEAF’s free “No Charge To Charge” program.

Effective April 23rd, none of Blink’s Level 2 chargers will be free for “No Charge to Charge” participants.

Rightly so, this move has lots of LEAF owners riled up because Blink was a major player in the “No Charge to Charge” program. See here for Blink service areas.

Blink is apparently still allowing free access to its fast chargers on the program, but Level 2 access will now come with a fee. Please direct all inquiries to Blink (owned by CarCharging Group) or to EZ-Charge.

Nissan LEAF No Charge to Charge

Nissan LEAF No Charge to Charge

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25 responses to "Blink Ends Its Participation In Free Level 2 Charging For Nissan’s No-Charge-To-Charge Program"

  1. David Murray says:

    Wouldn’t matter to me. I haven’t seen a blink station that actually works in over a year.

    1. Clive says:

      Absolutely correct.

      Hens their problem in gereral.

    2. James says:

      So poorly maintained. That said, the 4 year old one in my garage still works *knock on plastic.

      1. joe says:

        well, mine died a few months back and so i replaced it with the new chargepoint home EVSE. a much superior piece of hardware!

  2. Aaron says:

    Although I virtually never use public charging, it sucks because around here it’s almost all Blink stations. Two Chargepoint, but that’s all.

  3. SparkEV says:

    How many people with NCTC actually use Blink? I’ve never seen any Blink actually charging a car, NCTC or not. I suspect this pullout makes little difference to most people. It might be nice to have Blink around just in case of emergency, except many of them seem to be out of order or vandalized.

    1. JP White says:

      Speak for yourself only.

      I use Blink stations 2-3 times per month. I’ve learned which ones work and which ones don’t and use the ones that do.

  4. Rebel44 says:

    So, all 3 that are operational, eh? 🙂

  5. James says:

    I simply don’t understand why Nissan hasn’t built their own supercharger network. They really should buy Blink and fix it.

    1. TP says:

      I agree that it either needs to be purchased by someone with deep pockets and a vested interest (like Nissan) or split up and sold off to its competitors.

      They have several issues including, but not limited to:
      * Faulty, aging equipment
      * Insufficient funding
      * Poor management (financially at least, it takes them more than a year to report – that is a huge warning sign)

      Their stock is trading at $0.375 USD per share, and IMHO that is an optimistic price point.

    2. JP White says:

      Totally agree.

      Tesla instinctively knew that relying on “partners’ to build out the EV charging network would be a mistake, it’s not financially viable.

      The OEM’s are stuck in the past where someone else provides the fueling network for their vehicles. OEM’s fail to see that selling gas is viable (100% of all gas for cars is sold through gas stations) and selling EV charging (when customers charge at home 80% of the time) isn’t viable as stand alone business.

      I had high hopes for eVgo since they were owned by NRG energy. But now they’ve been spun off into a separate business, they will succumb to the same fate as Blink/Car Charging group.

      http://www.wsj.com/articles/nrg-energy-unveils-moves-to-reduce-debt-cut-costs-1442587204

    3. Jeffrey Songster says:

      Agreed that Nissan should buy the assets of Blink… they could fix them and make them into a useful network.
      I have recently used several Blink chargers and have been pleased with them. SF Bay Area ones seem ok generally.

  6. Texas FFE says:

    There are quite a few Blink stations in the DFW area, I use them whenever I need a few extra miles but the chargers are too out of the way, too slow and too expensive for me to depend on them regularly. I don’t think there are any Blink DCFC stations on Texas. Since I don’t have a Nissan the NCTC program doesn’t matter to me anyway.

    A new charging company in Fort Worth called RCS seems to have the right approach, put charging stations where people work and keep the changing costs low. I try to charge at the RCS stations when ever I can, the cost to charge is actually less than the cost of downtown parking. RCS has a contract with the city, they have just completed their pilot program and they are in plans to expand.

  7. taser54 says:

    No money in L2 charging.

    Look for them to be replaced by low power (24Kw) DCFC.

  8. Scott says:

    Lots of Blink chargers in Phoenix, but they are a rip off. I wont use one unless I am on my last electron.

  9. John says:

    Blink’s chargers are notoriously unreliable in my experience, so I’m having a difficult time seeing how this is much of a loss.

  10. TP says:

    That is a big blow. In many areas they are the dominant member of Nissan’s program. I wonder if they will withdraw from other similar programs.

    Perhaps Nissan and some other automakers could put together a joint venture to buy out Car Charging Group and rehabilitate the network into something worthwhile.

    1. TP says:

      Looks like Car Charging Group (the owners of Blink) just released their 2015 Q1 financials today. Not sure how, but looks like they did manage to make a profit on that quarter.

      https://finance.yahoo.com/news/carcharging-files-financials-first-half-123000222.html

      Still not a good sign that they are leaving the no charge to charge program.

      1. sven says:

        Nope, look again. Blink showed a gross profit, as opposed to a gross loss for the same period last year. Gross profit is the profit before deducting Operating Expenses. When you deduct Blink’s operating expenses from gross profit, Blink has an whopping net loss (percentage-wise) of $6.69 million. Blink’s operating expenses were 14X greater than their gross income!!! But on the bright side, Blink cut it’s operating loss in half compared to the same period last year.

        Gross profit $510,000
        – Operating Exp $7,200,000
        = Net Loss $6,690,000

        As I’ve tried to explain to Pushme-Pullyu dozens of times: having a gross profit (ie Tesla) does not mean that a company is profitable, while an operating profit or net profit means that a company is profitable for that time period.

        http://yahoo.brand.edgar-online.com/displayfilinginfo.aspx?FilingID=11319024-17048-24761&type=sect&TabIndex=2&dcn=0001493152-16-008914&nav=1&src=Yahoo

        1. sven says:

          Oops, that should be:
          = Operating Loss $6,690,000

        2. TP says:

          Yes, I did not mean to imply that overall they were profitable, just that for that quarter they had as you said, “gross profit.” Believe me, I understand that they are a long, long way from being profitable and self-sustainable.

  11. JP White says:

    Well here’s my theory as to why this has happened.

    I believe Nissan have terminated Blink’s membership in the NCTC program, and may even take them to court over their inability to accept NCTC cards as part of the program.

    I recently got a NCTC card from Nissan as part of a class action settlement for 2011/12 LEAF owners. I have been unable to activate the NCTC card with Blink since getting it a month ago, other people in my position have been in the same boat. This has occurred nationwide. Nissan find themselves in a situation where they have provided a remedy to a lawsuit which doesn’t work, potentially exposing them to further litigation from owners for not carrying through on a legal promise. Nevermind they market their cars as having two years free charging (that doesn’t work as advertised). I don’t think Nissan had any choice but to fire Blink.

    It has to be driven from Nissan IMHO because financially speaking it makes no sense for Blink to pull out since Nissan pay them for the NCTC sessions.

    1. TP says:

      JP, I had similar suspicions. I was not part of that class action suit, and do not have a NC2C card. But like you, I have noticed via PlugShare that many of our fellow area drivers have had those problems.

      I suspect that Nissan has paid Blink to do a certain number of installations as well and that they have not completed those. In fact, I believe that there was an article about a year ago claiming that.

      Add all of that to the nationwide driver frustrations with the Blink brand and it is easy to see why Nissan might want to distance themselves from Blink.

      1. TP says:

        And here is a link to the article I was thinking of that said Nissan was ending an agreement with CarCharging on DC Fast stations.

        http://insideevs.com/nissan-pulls-plug-on-carcharging-agreement-on-48-dc-fast-chargers/

  12. Kerry S Carter says:

    It will still be free through the Kohl’s chain in my region. Top up all the time while going to the many restaurants, Target,Electronic stores in this expansive shopping area just four miles from home. Usually less than a kWh used to get there.