Blink Charges Up 16 Bay Area McDonald’s

MAY 15 2018 BY MARK KANE 33

Blink Charging Co. (formerly known as Car Charging Group) announced an upgrade for 41 charging stations at 16  McDonald’s restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area.

According to the press release, the stations are enhanced replacement units for those previously installed in 2013.

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The price for charging is $0.49/kWh for Blink Members and $0.59/kWh for Blink Guests.

Blink Charging Co.

“The 41 charging stations are replacing stations that have already saved more than 42,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (8,000 gallons of fossil fuel) since their installation in 2013. This translates into approximately $20,000 in savings for customers.”

“The charging stations, as well as all of the others in the national Blink Network, can be located and managed by Blink network members on the free Blink mobile phone application for no annual fee. Anyone can charge their cars at Blink charging stations without a membership; however members have several benefits, such as locating charging stations, starting and stopping charging sessions from their app, discounted charging fees, and access to a free Blink InCard for paying the fees.”

“These Bay Area McDonald’s charging stations are open for public use at a fee of $0.49/kWh for Blink Members and $0.59/kWh for Blink Guests. Meal purchase and Blink membership is not required to use the charging stations.”

Blink Charging’s founder and executive chairman, Michael D. Farkas said:

“It is our job to be everywhere EV drivers are so that they never have to worry about how to fuel their cars. We’ve refitted several Bay Area McDonald’s with the best technology in the industry so local drivers can charge while enjoying a meal at their favorite restaurant.”

Chuck McKay, Director of Operations for Bay Area Restaurant Management, the franchisee of 36 McDonald’s locations in the region said:

“We are constantly looking for ways to better serve our communities in the Bay Area. This is one of the many ways we are committed to sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint we leave behind.”

The Blink network consists of a four-digit number of charging stations nationwide, although as we check the latest financial report – the company would need a lot more stations and revenue from charging to prosper:

“As reflected in our consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2017, we had had a cash balance, a working capital deficiency and an accumulated deficit of $185,151, $34,762,130, and $156,435,278 respectively. During the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, we incurred net losses of $75,363,496 and $7,699,127, respectively. The Company has not yet achieved profitability. Subsequent to December 31, 2017, the Company raised aggregate net proceeds of approximately $14.1 million in connection with its public offering and exchanged aggregate liabilities of approximately $26.0 million for equity.” – Blink Charging Co.

Blink Charging Co. results in 2017

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No mention of charge speed.
Probably 3KW to 6KW slow azs charging…………when they work…….lmao

Satisfy my Mac Attack and Get Juice for the EV…

That’s deals ‼️

I hope Blink will maintain these changers better than all the others they’re neglecting.

Who’s going to pay blink’s price of $.49-$.59 per kWh? You’d have to be desperate and you’d probably only charge enough to get home where you can charge for less than half that price. That’s going to be a seriously underutilized parking space.

Yep, that’s the only time I’ve used it and those prices are so high that it makes no sense to add yet another membership to my list. What really boggles my mind is seeing people plug in their Volts and other PHEVs on Blink chargers. Even in California with the current prices, gas is literally still cheaper.

Yup, ridiculous. That over $15 for a gallon equivalent 33.4kWh of fuel. Or about $15 to charge my 29kWh usable i3 battery. Why bother waiting about 5hrs and paying more than you would at a high priced DCQC station which only takes 45 minutes or so?

It I remember correctly, some manufacture has free charging agreement with Blink, first 1 or 2 year for free for new owners.

BMW and Leaf have free charging with EVgo and some ChargePoint chargers.

And that is 40kWh+ DCQC, not a pathetic, overpriced L2 Blink station.

Gas might be cheaper, but for the little that these people’s usage amounts to per year I can’t imagine it making more that a handful of $ difference. I would guess BEV drivers would use $0.49 per kWh electricity if it means not having to stop en route to fast charge then. And a number of PHEVs drivers will use them just simply because they would rather not burn gas.

It is a bit high priced, but if half hour charging at that cost while eating is what I need to get home then sure I would use it. When most of my BEV driving is done with cheap home-charging it does not matter much that a very small part is driven on “gas-price”.
But I do go for the best offers, and when there are more chargers to choose from the ones with best pricing models and availability wins.

Blink is the most unreliable public charging network by far, and horribly expensive to boot. I avoid them as much as possible.

Greenlots is not much better. I’m really worried about the Electrify America chargers with Greenlots managing them. Unless there is a serious sustainment program from Electrify America I’m afraid we are going to end up with a nation wide network of broken chargers.

Electrify America is simply using Greenlots networking on the back end to monitor and communicate with the chargers. There is also payment processing done for the credit card transactions through another company. And as far as maintenance, they have and will have contracts with various companies to fix a charger within so many hours.

VW/EA has to send a technician to repair a broken station within 72 hours of it being reported offline, or else they will be in violation of the agreement in place. So I’m not too worried about repairs not being done in a timely manner. Especially since in-op stations = no money being generated for VW.

Yes, thanks for that info bro. I knew 72 hours was the higher number, but I’m thinking I saw somewhere like 24 hours too. Can’t remember where tho.

The news here is that Blink still exists!

I wish blink would just go out of business. It gives public chargers a bad name.

I always wondered why the Blink Chargers, out in front of the IKEA, here in Carson, CA, have EVs charging at the exorbitant Blink L2 rate of $ .49 or .59 / per kWh, when right across the parking lot, there are 5 Chargepoint chargers at the Southbay Pavilion, that charge only $ .20 / per kWh, for the first four hours.

The price difference, between the Chargepoint and Blink chargers, is absolutely ridiculous!

A Special Shoutout to Vintage RE, for setting a fair and ethical $ .20 per kWh rate, in front of the Forever 21 Store, as they are a Chargepoint Franchisee.

Probably because they are more convenient. It’s so little difference that who cares! BTW, $0.30 to $0.35 per kWh is pretty common for Level 2. That would be a bit under or right at $2.00 per hour. There’s no way that most of these public Level 2 charger are actually paying for themselves anyway.

14kWh x .49 = $6.86
14kWh x .20 = $2.80

$4.06 will get you:
4 large drinks, 4 cheeseburger, 4 McChicken sandwich.
2 bacon cheeseburger, 4 pc chicken tenders, etc….

We need fast chargers at McDonald’s because it’s open late at night, clean bathroom, and time killer for the little ones.

$4 will get you a burger, fries, chicken nuggets AND a drink at Wendy’s 😉

And a $200,000 open heart surgery bill when you hit your fifties and a cholesterol pill, sugar pill, blood pressure pill EAT UP LOL

Something REALLY BAD happened to Blink in 2017 – What are FGI warrant liabilities? They were hit with $43M in charges to that line item! and $12M in chargers on some sort of settlement reserve.

If you read the entire 2017 10-Q, you’ll find Farkas is paid $15K per month cash + $15K/month worth of stock to run this company – plus $46K per year to be on the board, plus there are a few other board members milking this dead cow of its last few dregs of $.

They may have a deal with McD’s, but it looks to me that in just a “Blink”, it will be BK.

Yeah – it’s pretty easy to see that they have way too many people on the payroll that are getting paid way too much to run this company into the ground.

It’s nuts!

They spent $6M in compensation in 2017 – up $1M from 2016 – just who are they paying to sit and twiddle their thumbs all day?

They don’t appear to have spent a dime on actually improving their charging stations – which are so damn unreliable that no-one dares to rely on them.

I’m surprised they’ve lasted this long. Only a matter of time before they go BK (no, not Burger King) or someone buys them out.

Don’t worry about the high price. In a few weeks they will all be “on the blink” and never get repaired. nobody will be able to use them after that.

Despite the horrible experiences by many EV owners using, or trying to use, Blink stations, the handful of times I’ve attempted to use one, they have always worked. Pure dumb luck, I’m sure.

Probably depends on location. The vast majority of the stations in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area are broken and have been for years. Also people continually ICE the stations and then claim that nobody ever uses them (which is true in this case, because they are broken). And even for the rare stations that do work, it is almost impossible to get a card from Blink these days. You can request a card but it will never show up. So there is no wonder that Blink is losing money when they have no revenue stream.

People, people. The reason the Blink fee is so mich higher than the mentioned Chargepoint is because they are supplying different rates. Blink offers 50kw while the others are Level 2. Btw, i snded up paying over $1/kwh at a Chrgepoint just last week, dont forget the $5 hookup fee. I get the idea not many here are actually using publoc chargers. Not that i blame you.

That said, this has to be the most sorry excuse of a business ibe ever run across. I tried to use their chargers for 6 months when trying to kill my Leaf batt, not once did they ever work. It took 3 calls and 9 months to get a card. Customer service number tells you to leave a message….

The blink that charge $.49-.59 are all level 2. Blink is the most over priced, unreliable network. It’s like getting a 24kWh Leaf at Tesla P100D price.

The saying here in Portland, OR is, “Blinks are always on the blink”. I’ve had my Leaf for two years now and I’ve never found a Blink charger to be available on a trip. Also, I would never pay the outrageous rates. Blink needs a different business model.

It’s always blinking in Southern California. Maybe blink is getting funded by big oil, giving EV chargers a bad name.

There are Blink chargers at the McDonalds in our Bay Area town. Usually ICE’d. I have never ever seen an EV charging there, despite having a huge EV ownership in our area – Teslas, Leafs, Volts, Bolts.