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 Post subject: Re: New California Corridor Fast Chargers Installed
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:15 pm 
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The ChargePoint grant funded site in Castaic just off I-5 is also open. It looks like it came online earlier this month.

Plugshare - Castaic Town Center

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 Post subject: Re: New California Corridor Fast Chargers Installed
PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:42 am 
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Looks like Camp Roberts on the 101 just went live. Seems to be the first of the CalTrans 30/30 sites.

https://www.plugshare.com/location/207880

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 Post subject: Re: New California Corridor Fast Chargers Installed
PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:38 am 
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geo wrote:
Looks like Camp Roberts on the 101 just went live. Seems to be the first of the CalTrans 30/30 sites.

https://www.plugshare.com/location/207880

Yes, both Northbound and Southbound rest areas have one charger each. However, it's still not clear to me what happens when the batteries are drained after the sun has gone down. The listing seems to indicate that the system may not be available until it is recharged by the solar system.

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 Post subject: Re: New California Corridor Fast Chargers Installed
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:44 pm 
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The ChargePoint grant funded site in Anderson, CA is open. This is about 11 miles south of the other ChargePoint site at the Target store in Redding, CA.

Plugshare - Vittles Family Restaurant, Anderson, CA

I don't think it's been posted in this thread yet - the ChargePoint grant funded site in Grass Valley has been open since early August. It's at the BriarPatch Food Co-Op near Sierra College.

Plugshare - BriarPatch Food Co-Op, Grass Valley, CA

The Camp Roberts units are now showing up in the ChargePoint app, so they're active on the network. They should be free, according to the CalTrans terms.

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 Post subject: Re: New California Corridor Fast Chargers Installed
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:11 pm 
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miimura wrote:
geo wrote:
Looks like Camp Roberts on the 101 just went live. Seems to be the first of the CalTrans 30/30 sites.

https://www.plugshare.com/location/207880

Yes, both Northbound and Southbound rest areas have one charger each. However, it's still not clear to me what happens when the batteries are drained after the sun has gone down. The listing seems to indicate that the system may not be available until it is recharged by the solar system.


It appears that each charger is only able to charge 4 to 6 vehicles according to the info I found at the Monterey APCD website.
https://www.mbard.org/files/055c754be/8wbod11-14.pdf

There currently is no connection to utility power. The Monterey APCD approved additional funding recently to add a PG&E power connection to the charger to enable the batteries to charge when there is little sun or at night.
https://www.mbard.org/files/d383fee41/10bod09182019.pdf

At this point it would be wise to use caution when planning to charge at either of the Camp Roberts L3 chargers since they are free (there is usually a long wait) or the batteries may be depleted due repeated usage (at least until the utility power connection is made).


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 Post subject: Re: New California Corridor Fast Chargers Installed
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:57 pm 
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swogee wrote:
It appears that each charger is only able to charge 4 to 6 vehicles according to the info I found at the Monterey APCD website.
https://www.mbard.org/files/055c754be/8wbod11-14.pdf

There currently is no connection to utility power. The Monterey APCD approved additional funding recently to add a PG&E power connection to the charger to enable the batteries to charge when there is little sun or at night.
https://www.mbard.org/files/d383fee41/10bod09182019.pdf

At this point it would be wise to use caution when planning to charge at either of the Camp Roberts L3 chargers since they are free (there is usually a long wait) or the batteries may be depleted due repeated usage (at least until the utility power connection is made).

That's good news. There are two rest areas, so it will require two new grid connections for a total of not more than $150,000. I wonder what level of grid connection they can get for less than $75,000. The Express 250 station they're using requires 80A 480VAC 3-phase power. That is 66.5kVA input for 62.5kW DC max output. I have to wonder if they're planning for expansion for more stations or just want a connection for a battery charger for the Envision system. If that's the case, a 200A 240V single phase connection would suffice to deliver 48kVA. 150A 208V 3-phase would be equivalent and may make the battery charger more efficient.

I am really curious how much these stations will be used. They are free, but the location dictates that only people passing by will likely use them. I can see that people in cars like a Chevy Bolt might choose to charge here when traveling this corridor just because it's free and they can charge less somewhere else where they have to pay. At the same time, I would probably plan to have enough battery to make it to another DCFC in case it's occupied or low on battery.

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 Post subject: Re: New California Corridor Fast Chargers Installed
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:04 pm 
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Well, that didn't take long. Both of the Camp Roberts DCFCs are down and "undergoing maintenance".
Several people did successfully charge, so that's good. I would like to see them have better uptime though. Having them both down for maintenance at the same time is a problem. At least if one was down you could loop around to the other one and not delay your trip by much.

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