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An Update on Blink Network

An Update on Blink Network

A few months ago, I wrote a post on some issues I was having with overheating connectors on Ecotality’s Blink charging stations. Shortly after writing the post, Ecotality replaced the cordsets on many of the EVSEs I had complained about. Even with Honda’s software update, I can still feel a faulty connector get warm. However, … Continue reading

Honda Fit EV: First Real Problem

Honda Fit EV: First Real Problem

On New Year’s Eve, 2012 I was charging at a public Blink charging station while I was shopping. I was telling my friend how the EVSE will text me if there’s any issues (like charge port overheating), so I don’t have to worry about my car. After about two hours, I decided to check on … Continue reading

Honda Fit EV Software Update

Honda Fit EV Software Update

Honda has released a new version of the ECU firmware for the 2013 Fit EV. If you are having trouble charging at Ecotality’s Blink stations, I recommend you take your car to your dealership and have this update performed. It is covered under the standard maintenance for the car and should not cost you anything. … Continue reading

Don’t Blink…

Don’t Blink…

I charge my Honda Fit EV almost exclusively on Ecotality’s Blink charging stations. Well, I used to. Ecotality installed seven Blink EVSEs at my work and when I first got my Fit EV, I charged on them without any problems. However, over the course of a few months more and more of them wouldn’t charge … Continue reading

EVCard: New Resource from Plug In America

EVCard: New Resource from Plug In America

EVCard: New Resource from Plug In America

Plug In America has created a new system for EV drivers to communicate with one another. The concept, based on similar cards used on the last generation of EVs, is very simple: Print out a card that lets other drivers know how urgently you need a charge. If your trip depends on the charge, they won’t unplug you unless your full, and they can plug you in if they notice that you aren’t plugged in (if all of the charging stations were full when you arrived). If you are just topping off, drivers who are relying on a charge to complete their trip will know they can unplug you. I think this is an awesome idea, and in the perfect world all EV drivers would have these. Hopefully they catch on and become commonplace.

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Ecotality Blink EVSE Problems Our Ecotality Blink EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment, aka electric car charging station) was installed at the end of January, and it was fine. Nothing special, just an EVSE that worked. We hadn’t had any bad experiences like practically everyone else. That is, until the recent software update. On February 2, … Continue reading

Help Remember Doug

Help Remember Doug

Help Remember Doug Adopt A Charger needs your help to remember Doug Korthof, an avid EV activist. They are raising money to install a charging station in Doug’s memorial. I encourage you to donate if Doug was a part of your life (or if you just want to see another free-to-use public charging station installed.