Blink Implements Post-Charging Occupancy Fee At Charging Stations

JUL 14 2015 BY MARK KANE 44

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One of our readers (and CarCharging Blink network users) sent us an e-mail with a notification about upcoming Charger Occupancy fees. A quick look on the Blink network website confirmed the news.

CarCharging will launch on July 20 a new fee ($0.08/min or $4.8/h), starting 15-minutes after the electric vehicle ends charging (but still is connected to the station).

The idea behind this is to charge you even if you not charging to solve the problem of fully charged EVs plugged in for a long time, preventing others from using the station.

The company will set the fees only on Level 2 EV charging stations, so no worries if you like to jam the DC fast chargers all day long.

We believe that such fees are inevitable in the future.


“Over the last year, we have heard from many EV drivers about how frustrating it is when an EV remains plugged in to the charger after it has completed charging and blocks other electric cars from charging. In an effort to address this issue, we are implementing Charger Occupancy fees on Blink-owned Level 2 EV charging stations. This means that after an EV has completed charging, if it remains connected to the charger for more than 15 minutes, then a Charger Occupancy fee of $0.08 per minute will be assessed until the connector is removed.

The new Charger Occupancy feature will begin to roll-out on Monday, July 20, 2015 and will update by market, depending on regional and host-specific factors.

To help ensure that you receive updates on your charging status as well as when the applicable Charger Occupancy fees will apply, we encourage you to double check the email and SMS notifications set up for your account. To do so, please visit the Blink Network at and login to your Blink account. The notification section is on the right side of the “User Info” tab. You may also review and set the notifications in the “My Account” section of the Blink mobile application.

We have also made several enhancements to Blink Network and the Blink mobile application, including:

Improving the accuracy of charger status information;
Adding more detailed charging session information to Blink account and notifications; and
Enhancing the ability to become a Blink member via the Blink mobile application.

We hope that these changes will assist you in fulfilling your EV charging needs. Should you have questions about the new Charger Occupancy fee, please contact Blink Customer Support at (888) 998-2546 or

Charge On!

Blink Network”

By the way, Blink reduced charging fees in Colorado and Virginia. Here is full pricing for Blink Members (those who are registered and have access cards) and Blink Guests (you need to enter your credit card information to get Blink Guest Code for charging station):

Blink Level 2 station

State Blink Member  Blink Guest
California $0.49/kWh $0.59/kWh
Colorado $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
District of Columbia $0.45/kWh $0.55/kWh
Florida $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
Hawaii $0.69/kWh $0.79/kWh
Illinois $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
Maryland $0.45/kWh $0.55/kWh
Minnesota $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
New York $0.49/kWh $0.59/kWh
Oregon $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
Pennsylvania $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
Utah $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
Virginia $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
Washington $0.39/kWh $0.49/kWh
All Other States $0.04/min $0.06/min

Beginning on Monday, July 20, 2015, we will be implementing Charger Occupancy fees on Blink-owned Level 2 EV charging stations. After an EV has completed charging, if it remains connected to the charger for more than 15 minutes, then a Charger Occupancy fee of $0.08 per minute will be assessed until the connector is removed. This feature will update by market, depending on regional and host-specific factors.

Blink DC Fast Charger

State Member Rates Guest Rates
California $0.59/kWh $0.69/kWh
Pennsylvania $0.49/kWh $0.59/kWh
Oregon $0.49/kWh $0.59/kWh
Washington $0.49/kWh $0.59/kWh
All Other States $6.99/session $9.99/session

There is a two minute grace period for session based fees on DC Fast Chargers.


If you’re not a Blink Member, you can still charge at one of our public chargers, just purchase a single use Blink Guest code with your mobile phone, tablet or computer.

*Please be advised that in order to create a Blink Member account or Blink Guest code, a $1.00 or $5.00 authorization fee will display on the credit card account provided. This is for authorization purposes only. Fees will not actually be charged to your account until you use a station.*”

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44 Comments on "Blink Implements Post-Charging Occupancy Fee At Charging Stations"

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The kWh rates are predatory.

The extra fee for connection is fine – it is an opportunity cost that keeps the chargers from not supplying the over-priced kWh to someone else.

Good luck to them but who is paying these rates?


I use Blink stations when I am downtown or if I am out running around and want to charge up a little & a free charger isn’t convenient. Those situations are so infrequent that I don’t mind paying their prices. It’s generally only once or twice a month for me, at most.


Oh .. I should add that I am in an area with the $0.04 per kWh price 🙂


I understand. And yes, it does make sense if you are in a Leaf and need a sip of charge if running low. However, it is also like buying a $4.00 cup of coffee at Starbucks over brewing one at home for .35. I guess it comes down to personal choice.

Jeremy J

I agree. These ARE crazy rates.

Jeremy J

I think it is $0.04/minute.


Yes, it is … I posted too quickly.


Uh, that’s $0.04 per minute not per kWh. Big difference. Even more of a ripoff.

Omar Sultan

Same here – I usually end up occasionally using them in urban areas if they are convenient to where I am going. The pricing is higher than the $0.06/kWh I pay at home, but I figure its like the price of gas at highway exits–you are paying a premium for location and convenience.

Ted P

I totally get that people squatting on L2 units is a pain, and a fee is a good deterrent. But $0.08/minute seems excessive and greedy.


What would you propose as an alternative?

SparkEV Driver

A big red light on the EVSE that says “Vehicle not charging, OK to disconnect by other users when lit” and a cord capable of reaching multiple parking spaces.

I don’t really see Blink’s fee structure as much of an issue until they repair enough of the EVSE’s so you can find ones that actually work.

Ted P

@SparkEV I like your big red light “done” idea. And yes, until Blink starts maintaining their network, it really doesn’t matter a whole lot.


Yeah great idea. I was thinking pretty much the same thing except it would be a red light while charging and a green light when done. I would even like an option to set it to turn green after X number of kilowatt hours for when I only need a small boost but I know I won’t be back to my car for longer than it takes.

The other difficult issue to resolve is that there are lots of people who are working an 8 hour shift (away from their vehicle for up to nine hours when you count lunch and walking to and from workplace) and want their car to charge during their shift but they can’t make it out to their car to unplug as soon as their car is all juiced up during working hours.

Then there are other people at shopping malls,who don’t really need much of a charge but pay any rate just to have the best parking spots.


Excessive and greedy? Really? You do realize that they give you a 15-minute grace period on a L2 charger before the $.08 per minute fee kicks in (2 minute grace period for DC Fast Chargers). So if you leave your EV plugged in for 25 minutes after you complete your L2 charge, you’ll be charged a whopping $0.80 fee. That seems more than reasonable. In fact it costs me more to feed a meter for street parking for the same amount of time! There is an opportunity cost to the charger owner of your EV sitting at the charger not charging, preventing the charger owner from earning revenue from charger.

Frome the article above: “This means that after an EV has completed charging, if it remains connected to the charger for more than 15 minutes, then a Charger Occupancy fee of $0.08 per minute will be assessed until the connector is removed.”


Yes, it is a “please be responsible fee”.


Yup, if you don’t nail them, those silly Leafs and Prius will be plugged in all day long at the Mall or anywhere else where the EV parking is at a convenient location (hint: pretty much anywhere).

Ted P

Instead of a 15 minute grace time, I would continue to charge $0.04/0.06 per minute until a disconnect occurs. Before the rate change last September, you continued to be charged $1/hr so long as you were connected; at least in the Nashville market.

I would also consider sending text messages every 5-10 minutes to remind the driver.


I LOVE how people resort to terms of predatory and greedy when they have no realistic idea of the costs of installing, operating, and maintaining a network while allowing for a profit.

You guys seem like the type that gets angry at fountain soda machines. Chill.


They are charging more for just sitting there without charging. That’s at least a penalty fee if it’s not outright greedy.


The penalty fee kicks in only after a very generous 15-minute grace period. If you can’t move your EV 15 minutes after your charge is complete, you should expect to pay a penalty. The sense of entitlement of some EV owners always amazes me. What gives an EV owner the right to ICE (for lack of a better term) an EV charger? How is it any different from an ICE vehicle parking at an EV charging spot for 25 minutes while they run into a store to buy a couple of things?

Ted P

@Taser54, true most are not aware of the costs. I, however, am well aware of the costs to install and maintain the devices. I have actually considered installing a few commercial units to help provide stability in my area.

I am not saying that there shouldn’t be a fee. I am saying it doesn’t have to be that high. At that rate, CarCharging/Blink would prefer you sit there and keep others from charging.


I disagree. I wouldn’t mind the fee being even higher and I hope other companies like Chargepoint implement this. Fifteen minutes should be plenty to get back to your car and move it. We need to keep charging spots open for people who need them.


Set the car to charge only at L1 rate. Problem solved.

Unless you’re one of those greedy EV’ers that wants to L2 charge even though you’re at 89%SOC.

Doug (dhanson865)

If you have a Tesla you can do that. A Nissan Leaf always charges at the rate offered by the EVSE. You can’t make it charge at L1 rates on a L2 Blink station.


In know it’s counter intuitive, but longer charge time is worse for the battery.


If you don’t like it, don’t use it. The market will sort out the proper pricing framework.


The BWI Rail Station charges $2.00 an hour for charging longer than 16 hours through ChargePoint. I met a business owner in Charlotte who had a L2 charger installed in front of his business. He charges $4.00 an hour for anything over 4 hours. He started this after a Tesla owner plugged in and left for 4 days. The owner had to go somewhere else to charge his own EV. Being consider of others goes a long way when you have limited infrastructure. I am not a fan of Blink but I agree with why they are doing it.


He should have had the Tesla towed.


Love the concept – which will work fine at most places. But at airports where people commonly leave their EV plugged in to have it fully charged when they return they’ll discover $133 a day of occupancy fees.


If you’re leaving your car plugged in that long, it should be to a L1 outlet anyways, not hogging a L2 station.


Airports should be 120V 20A sockets.
Airports also shouldn’t just install “a few L2” charge stations and be done – but rather install dozens of L1 120V sockets or even 120V power posts.


Agree… someone should tell the airports to please put the L2s only at the short term deck for when I’m just stopping to pick up others, and plenty more L1s at the long term decks for when I’m away for more than a day. That would be much better than the current dozen L2s which with my poor parking luck are never open.


Couldn’t agree more about L1 outlets – but the airport/vendor chose L2 outlets (at least at Washignton Dulles airport where I live. Typically L1 are not available.

Someone out there

There should be N-out-of-M charging spots, i.e. there would be maybe 10 charging outlets but only say 3 of them were active at the same time with a first-come-first-served queuing system. When one car has finished charging that outlet is electrically disconnected and next is activated. That way ICEing would be less of a problem too.

David Hrivnak

Has Blink set the amp rate back to 30 amps in other states. I have seen chargers limited to as low as 20 amps. Barely worth the time to plug in.

Mike c

I wish it was chargepoints charging equipment instead of blink. There are far more chargepoints out there being blocked by EV squatters. Those pesky little c-max, plug in Prius, and fusion jokes of an electric vehicle with their pathetic all electric range are popping up like weeds. Let’s keep the level 2 chargers open for the electrics that aren’t carrying back up smog spewing gasoline engines


Back when I had an I-MiEV, I would occasionally have reason to use the (free)chargers at the local mall. I would typically use it for anywhere from 60-90 minutes…just used it to give me enough range to get back home safely on days when I absolutely had to drive farther than usual. What used to really bug me (and many others, judging from comments posted on Plug Share’s app)was the fact that a likely mall employee would park his Volt there all day, making one of the two spots his/her own personal charging spot. More often than not the other spot was not working. I wonder(now that Blink has started charging in PA for this service)if that Volt is still squatting there all day? I suspect, too, that the 2 spots are getting much less use than they were getting when they were free. There are still free charging units in the general area, but none at the mall.



I think their rates are OK. OK, the charging rates are a bit high.

But do you want chargers out there or not? They are not a charity. If you don’t like what they charge then don’t use them.

But when I make an (infrequent) long trip, I’m happy to pay them to allow me to do that trip. These rates may drop eventually when there are more EVs out there but for now, they need to recover their costs.


Does this mean it is a now a courtesy to unplug someone else’s EV for them when I pull up and need it? Just saying. 😉

And so come the hacks that will make an EV appear unplugged when full in its CAN codes, or slow down dramatically at the end.

That being said, we use Blink here in Oregon all the time and their prices are fair for charging in the wild.

In fact I worry that they might not be “charging” enough to stay afloat given how rarely we need to charge in the wild, which will only get worse for them.


I posted this on the IKEA story when someone mentioned blink but I though I would re-post here as it is probably more appropriate:

Two EV nerds talking over a cup of coffee.

“your looking pretty smug?”

“You bet, I was charging my car at the blink station on the other side of town when this stunning woman dashed into the car park, she said she had been waiting all her life to meet an average looking man with a passion for e-mobility, we then made love in the back seat of my leaf”

Nerd1 – looks a bit shocked and pauses for thought……
“BULLS**T! You never managed to charge at a blink station!”



I think this is a great idea and I expect to see all paid charging systems to adopt the model (rates will vary of course)

Dave - Phoenix

I support this move by Blink.

1. It will free up chargers for other EV drivers
2. It will help Blink to make a profit on the EV chargers they install, leading to “more” chargers.

To give a good analogy of why this is needed…. Think of people sitting at a table in a restaurant all day getting free refills on coffee, when other people are waiting to get a table. The restaurant loses money they could be making otherwise, and some folks don’t get served.