Blink Ends Free Charging In California, From Now On Users Pay $1* to $2 Per Hour
Remember when you could drive up to a commercial, level 2 Blink station and get a free charge in California? Well, that changes on Wednesday, August 22nd, as Blink gave consumers a day’s notice to notify them that the “trial of fee-free” charging has ended.
Rates will now range from $1 to $2 per hour to receive an L2 charge in the state (the few DC fast chargers in existence are still free).
In order to qualify for the $1 per hour charge rate, a membership must be opened with Blink that also carries a $30 “membership dues” levy. However, in a statement announcing the new charge-per-hour standard in California, Blink reminds us that for the rest of 2012 that fee is currently waived.
Users can also sign up for a membership and elect out of the $30 free. However, they will charge their EVs at a rate of $1.50 per hour. For unregistered users, they will pay $2 per hour.
Blink’s statement on the pay-per-hour changes in California:
California: L2 Fees Will Start Weds, August 22nd
We recently rolled out our fees to Arizona, and now starting this Wednesday, August 22nd, the trial of fee-free charging for California will end as well. – (These fees are for L2 charging, only – DC Fast Charging will still be free!)
If you have yet to sign up for a membership plan – now is the time to register!
Don’t forget: Blink PLUS’s annual fee of $30 is currently waived and allows for charging as low as $1/hr.
Thanks and please let us know how your charging experience is!
If your crunching the numbers to work out how much a $1 per hour charge would equate to in pump pricing at a Blink L2 charger. A Chevrolet Volt will take almost 4 hours to receive a full charge and will go 35-38 miles electrically, and a Nissan LEAF will take about 7.5 hours to net a range of 73 miles. Using an average compact or small compact car as a comparison, you will be paying about $4 a gallon equivalent. $6 if your a registered member, and $8 if you just happen to stop by a Blink charger to get a boost.
Many states do not allow for non-authorized companies to charge by the actual kWh used, so new vehicles like the Ford Focus Electric, and the upgraded 2013 Nissan LEAF can receive a charge at a higher rate (6.6kW vs 3.3kW), so these cars will receive a near 50% discount at these Blink chargers, based on the equipment they come equipped with.
InsideEVs recently did a piece on pay-per-use charging rates vs. pay-per-kW or if public/commercial charging stations should be free as an enticement (or loyalty perk) for consumers to frequent particular businesses. Feel free to check that out here.
Blink Account/Membership signup page can be found here