ChargePoint Stations Have Now Dispensed 100 Million Gas Free Miles

MAY 15 2014 BY JAY COLE 18

ChargePoint Stations Have Passed 100 Mile Miles Worth Of Gas Free Driving (Sidenote: amazing what some fresh venture capital money does for the featured charging vehicle!)

ChargePoint Stations Have Passed 100 Million Miles Worth Of Gas Free Driving (Sidenote: Amazing what fresh venture capital money does for which vehicle is most prominently featured getting some juice from ChargePoint stations!)

It is a count down ticker we have been watching for some time now.  ChargePoint stations have now given out more than 100 million miles worth of gas free plug-in charging.

So while the Tesla Supercharging Network gets a lot of high profile attention for having dispensed over 15 million miles, we figured this deserved a nod too.  (Although we imagine a well-crafted press release will also come down the pipe from ChargePoint at some point tomorrow complete with some executive quotage…but we’ll just add that in later)

Some stats on the ChargePoint network as of press time:

  • 17,269 “charge points”
  • 100,170,969 miles of gas free driving
  • 4,896,148 charges in total
  • average amount of miles charged per hook-up: 20.5 miles
Number #2 OEM Partner Cadillac/GM Also Gets Some Love As A Cadillac ELR Gets Some "Petrol Displacement" Love From ChargePoint

Number #2 OEM Partner Cadillac/GM Also Gets Some PR Love As A Cadillac ELR Stops At A ChargePoint Station For Some “Petrol Displacement” As Well

How did ChargePoint celebrate this week?  By disclosing it had raised $22.6 million in private venture capital funding (thanks BMW i Ventures – we see you), with $4.4 million more still to be secured.  (more on that story shortly)

Our congratulations to CharegePoint on the remarkable achievement – building a viable 3rd party charging network in America is a daunting task indeed!

Hat tip to Michael!

Categories: BMW, Cadillac, Charging


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The linked article states that Model S owners have driven 275 million miles. And that 5% of that total, or about 15 million miles, were from Superchargers.

In the US we pay for road maintenance based upon tax revenue of gasoline sales. We have a bunch of rich guys driving around in fancy cars and not paying the taxes to maintain the roads. This does not seem ideal.

What does “100 Million Gas Free Miles” translate to in lost tax revenue? Maybe the new gps tracking bill should only pertain to EV’s.–california-trying-gps-tracking-mileage-tax-for-2016

The system needs some tweaking as it doesn’t take into account weight of vehicle.

It’s hard to imagine <1% of vehicles being the problem when the other 99% of vehicles aren't paying enough either. The tax is too low and not forced earmarked to roads.

meanwhile in Australia (from small things….):

ChargePoint Community Stats
200.577 (MWh)

90,259 (kg)
GHG gases saved

133,630 (litres)
Petrol saved

Total charge-ups

But I should say that they are up and running (not like some other networks that have disappeared or seem determined not to provide a service even though I’m a member). Just wish that the many not on the map are made available to the public to liberate EV ownership.

This is a good start. I’m sure the next 100 million miles will come much faster.

I have been using their network even though I rarely *need* to. I just like to support them so they’ll be there when I do need them. I would say that 20 miles is pretty typical of what I get (that’s about 2 hours at the mall with my 3.3kW charger). I do wonder how many others are doing like I am – charging just to support the network until plug-ins reach critical mass. This doesn’t seem like a sustainable market in the long run.

I’m looking forward to the day they start rolling out even more powerful charging stations. L2 can go up to ~20kW, and of course quick charging is necessary to continue the momentum of EVs. It will be a bumpy road to a BEV-dominated future, but there is promise that we’ll get there.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

I’m at 4.35MWh for the year to date on Chargepoint for $50. That comes to about $0.011/kWh, delivered. Yay Austin!

I feel so small, I’m only 1.75 MW for my $50. Yay Austin.

20.5 miles per charge session is a worrisome stat. When the EV fleet average range increases there will be less incentive to charge so miles per session should go up but there will be less demand. Total number of sessions might still increase due to increased numbers of EV.

Also, a number of CP points are currently free. Since they don’t break those numbers out, I suspect it’s not a promising trend. Generally, paid for utilization is much much lower.

Finally @ Dr Noisewater, how do they make a profit on your usage when the average cost of electricity is $0.114/kwh? Not disputing your numbers, just saying they don’t look good for CP.

All valid points. Which is why I think they need to increase the power output of these units. Most of today’s cars may not be able to utilize 20kW L2 charging, but some can (dual-charger option on Tesla) and more will arrive eventually. And DC quick charging will take over from there.

I suspect the use of CP by Teslas rounds to zero. I have a CP account but have never used it because a)it costs a lot more than the actual energy I’d get and b) I’d have to charge forever to actually make much of a difference. The second point is why I think increase range nets CP lower utilization – I charge my Model S overnight at home and never really get into the range anxiety zone.

Yes, but my point in mentioning Tesla was that they do offer up to 20kW L2 charging.

Also, it is much less expensive to install than a QC. Tesla has some great plans for their supercharger rollout, and it looks impressive on a map with “range circles”. But in the real world, if you travel off the beaten path there are plenty of trips you cannot do in a Tesla. While it may not seem like much, 20kW still adds 60-80 miles/hour of charging.

Given the price difference, I would rather see thousands of 20kW charge points than hundreds of 120kW chargers. In reality, we need both.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Presumably they got grants, tax breaks and other considerations, and operate the Austin network on behalf of Austin Energy (which is a municipal utility).

The stations are owned by the local property owner/leaser/host. ChargePoint makes their money on network management fees ($$$/year for each point), and only a very small part of that is managing the billing transactions. Like WiFi, EV charging is a good amenity to offer customers but it’s not a profit center. For the most part a non-networked charger is better for L2 unless you really need to manage centrally and track usage across several locations.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Link here

“Benefits to Businesses

Utility billing and operation — Austin Energy handles all billing-related matters for your charging station.

Utility maintenance — Austin Energy provides contractors to check, clean, and maintain stations as needed.

GreenChoice® — All stations are powered by renewable energy.”

These numbers could be higher if the ChargePoint stations were working (or “ON”) all the time. On more than one occasion I have pulled into a ChargePoint parking space and the chargers (all of them, not just one) were not working. A message displayed said something about the owner having turned them off. Just this past Tuesday and Wednesday (yesterday), all four chargers at the China Basin parking lot next to ATT Park in San Francisco was turned off. It looks like it’s turned off again today also. WTF!!

Well, did you call up Chargepoint and ask them why? Perhaps there’s a problem someone needs to be informed of.

Nope. ChargePoint should automatically know since it’s on their website. Also, the parking attendant already knew the stations weren’t working.

Also see George’s comment above. It’s usually the property owner since there’s a display on the screens so we know there is power running to the charging stations.