We switched from a gas sipping mini van (yes, a mini van) to an all electric vehicle this week. We decided to shake up 2020 just a little bit as it waned and bit the dust. No phoenixing there 2020!

Fast charging is in it’s infancy. Chargers are sprouting up at Whole Foods, Fred Meyer, Target, Outlet malls and other places. I’ve not looked for the Super chargers yet.

The average time to charge from 20% to 80% is around 45 minutes. That’s a long time to be waiting, so have to combine with taking calls or shopping or eating out.

Electrify America is a network of chargers. It’s free to charge with my EV vehicle. Oh! – no “charge” for charging was my friend’s dad quip.

It’s not fun to charge when it’s nasty rain. Double not fun when charging errors happen multiple times. Timeout, starting errors, you fool. I felt like I was staring at my browser while holding a live current handle in wet rain.

After trying another location and failing three more times, I called the support number. I had assumed it was a vehicle issue but my car support suggested I call the charging vendor. They rebooted the charging station remotely and then I was able to charge the vehicle.

You wonder why I’m not charging at home. We wait for 220v to the garage. Until then, we have to charge outside. It’s a good practice run too.

Oh, how it feels when you are paying to test the product. Have you tried turning it off and turning it on again?