I am in the SF Bay Area. Am I correct to assume the only places within Nor CAL right now to get DC Fast Charger is through the EVGo vendor?
If ChargePoint has these stations, are they plentiful?
I decided to go cheap and not opt for $750 DC fast charge. Having owned now for 2 months, I am not yet regretting my decision, because it appears the network still hasn't gained traction and using L2 at 24/miles or 12/miles an hour is sufficient.
Any thoughts? Thanks.
Personally, I would not purchase a Bolt EV without the CCS option (even if I didn't plan to use it regularly). If power goes out at your home, what do you do? If you have a sudden emergency, and need to drive 300 to 600 miles from home?
As for the network not gaining traction, that's not quite right. The public DC fast charging infrastructure in the United States has grown more in the last six months than Tesla's Supercharger Network has (considered the gold standard for fast charging implementations).
From a San Francisco perspective:
100 miles to the south, Recargo (parent company of PlugShare mentioned earlier) is in the process of opening a six 200 kW charger site: https://youtu.be/oXubVPMLVeI
100 miles to the northeast, Electrify America is finishing construction on a five 150+ kW charger site in Dunnigan at the I-5/I-505 Junction:
110 miles to the southeast, ChargePoint has opened a three 50 kW charger site in Santa Nella as part of their West Coast Electric Highway:
In addition to those, we are seeing numerous compelling sites coming online in the near future by even more charging providers. In less than six months, it will be possible to drive from San Diego to the Oregon border using several different routes while having the choice of using no less than six different public charging providers along the way.
If Tesla ever decided to join the public charging providers (not going to happen), we'd have a compelling enough public charging network that, this time next year, it would simply be assumed that you could travel anywhere in the country rapidly with a 200+ mile EV. Realistically, it would be true even without Tesla, but the Supercharger cachet would woo a lot of people.