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I'm a new CA Bolt Premier owner and struck out on my first beyond range trip. I planned a route north on I-5 using Plug Share and there were 2 DC fast chargers on my route. I decided to stop at both of them, even though I really needed to charge at only one of the two locations. I arrived at the first charger in Williams, CA. It was a Charge Point charger. I used it without incident and was feeling pretty confident. I didn't fully charge through as I planned to stop a second time, and the rate of charging decreases as it gets close to full charge. I proceeded north to the second charger in Corning, CA. A sign was attached to the charger saying it was out of commission for safety reasons. It was also a Charge Point, the same charger I had used in Williams. I realized that proceeding to my destination and returning all the way home would leave me too tight on my battery, so I would need to stop at the first charger again on my return trip. But that would be pretty late at night, and I wasn't thrilled about having to stop late. I finished going to my destination and I arrived many hours early with time to kill and think. So I decided to go to a different town, Chico, CA which has lots of Level 2 and a DC fast charger. I reasoned I could fully charge there, return to where my business was and then make it home without having to stop again. I made it to Chico, and that Charge Point DC Fast Charger had the same notice on it as the one in Corning. It was shut down due to safety concerns. All the Level 2 chargers were being used. At this point, I abandoned the reason for my trip in the first place and followed the fastest route to home. I was afraid that by the time I got back to Williams, that charger might be shut down as well. By driving on secondary roads, turning off the air conditioning and driving in L, I made it home with about 30 miles to spare in "Minimum" miles scenario. But this all left me with questions: 1) Why are the Charge Point DC chargers shut down? 2) What app would have given me that info? and 3) Why was the first one in Williams still working? I felt good that I made it home and was able to alter my driving to increase my range, but overall I don't think this experience helped me with my range anxiety. I hope there is a more reliable way to know if chargers that you are planning to use are working. Also, Plug Share (I don't think) told me that these were Charge Point chargers, so even if I had known there was a Charge Point problem, I may not have known that the chargers I planned on using were impacted by that problem.