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Electrify America to bring "Plug and Charge" functionality to its stations in 2019

https://www.engadget.com/2019/01/09/payment-ev-charging-simple-plug-in/

Article is light on details, but this feature is something that IMO is long overdue. No messing with memberships/RFID cards/apps/credit cards, just true plug and charge (like Tesla offers).
I wonder if Bolts are ISO 15118 compliant?

edit: more in-depth article here
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1120801_one-step-plugcharge-coming-to-electrify-america
 

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I wonder if Bolts are ISO 15118 compliant?
That's a good question. If GM has to reflash something, I also wouldn't mind them upping the charging rate to the cell-rated 1 C (a nice ~10% boost).

I guess this also means that I might have to revise my latest video about using DCFC being as complicated as using a gas pump. Nope. Now it's easier and less complicated to recharge than it is to fill with gas.
 

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That's a good question. If GM has to reflash something, I also wouldn't mind them upping the charging rate to the cell-rated 1 C (a nice ~10% boost).

I guess this also means that I might have to revise my latest video about using DCFC being as complicated as using a gas pump. Nope. Now it's easier and less complicated to recharge than it is to fill with gas.
One time recently I was at a gas station filling up my Volt (or trying to). I went to the first pump, insert my credit card, and for some reason the card reader wouldn't take my card. It told me I had to go inside and see the attendant. I said screw that, and moved to a different pump. The 2nd pump for some reason only took debit cards, and I didn't have my debit card. I ended up just going home without filling up, as I still had enough gas for a few days of commuting (my commute requires a little gas in the winter due to reduced range). At home, I just plugged in the Volt in 5 seconds to get 40 miles of charge overnight.
 

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I was rather hoping, and I still am, that perhaps GM instead of trying to get "their" tax rebate extended would lobby Mr. Trump and the Congress to use other, arguably better means to support the moEVment, such as help accelerate the DCFC network development beyond the EA penance program - into which program all existing, or aspiring EV-manufacturers would be chipping in, too.

Given that every election campaign we hear about the importance of developing infrastructure - DCFC is a part of transportation infrastructure!

So, this is a move in a good direction.
 

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Gee, an APP makes everything better.....

I just want to pull up, put in a credit card, and pay by the KWH. Just like a gas pump. That is all. Moot point at the moment, I'm in the middle of DCFC desert.

"GM announced Wednesday it is collaborating with EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots to aggregate data from each of the three EV charging networks for use in an updated version of the myChevrolet app. Using the data gathered, GM will integrate new features such as real-time data on the health of more than 31,000 charging stations and each station's compatibility with a Bolt — all of which can be accessed through the Bolt's infotainment system."
 
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So we'll use the My Chevrolet app? Which is without a doubt the single worst app put out by a large company that I've used in at least years?
:D 4 days into owning the Bolt, I still haven't been able to setup keypass. Doing remote start/preconditioning from the app takes longer than walking downstairs to grab my key fob, walking up to the balcony and hitting the button in the fob. Updating the app to check the car stats takes forever. Is there something wrong with my car or, as I suspect, the app is really just bad?
 

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Is there anything other than lock/unlock doors that can be done on the myChevrolet app without a subscription? I'll find out in 3 weeks, but my understanding is any remote connection bits need at least the $15/mth package.
 

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Is there something wrong with my car or, as I suspect, the app is really just bad?

The app is really , really, really bad.

On*Star app used to be much better, then they 'integrated' all of the "mychevy" BS and it became pretty much just as bad and unreliable.
 
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Would it be too much to ask that existing Bolts get a software update to allow us access to the info as well?

Regarding the marginally functional MyChevy app, it's my understanding that several legacy automakers are setting up offices in Silicon Valley to address this very issue. I firmly believe that the biggest shock to this industry regarding the emergence of Tesla is not their style of car, sales of those cars or rate of sales increase but the IT package that comes with the rest of the car. That is where they are in a serious catch-up mode.
 

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If you have more specific info on who/when/where - let me know. Maybe I'll consult for them (they might actually get it right that way).
 

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Is there anything other than lock/unlock doors that can be done on the myChevrolet app without a subscription? I'll find out in 3 weeks, but my understanding is any remote connection bits need at least the $15/mth package.
Yes, you can get stats on the car, including battery percentage.

Energy Assist is a bit idiosyncratic, but gives really good estimates for how much battery a given route will require. It also works in CarPlay.
 

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The app is really , really, really bad.

On*Star app used to be much better, then they 'integrated' all of the "mychevy" BS and it became pretty much just as bad and unreliable.
I'm curious about your experiences with the app. What were you using it for? What was it synced with? What, exactly, did it do wrong and how often did those errors occur?
 

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I'm curious about your experiences with the app. What were you using it for? What was it synced with? What, exactly, did it do wrong and how often did those errors occur?
It did "the usual" (the complaints I hear from everybody) :

- slow turn-around time for ANYTHING
- unlocking/locking the car (via cell connection) would take anywhere from 15-30 seconds
- querying the vehicle for SoC / miles remaining would often fail (after 30-60 seconds)
- querying the vehicle for SoC would generally take a minute or two (when it worked)
- app would often "go into the weeds" (just lose it - I'd have to force-quit the app or reboot the phone to get it to work again)

- it did seem more stable on iPad/iPhone than it did on Android. (still slow, but more reliable - fewer crashes/spins)

I used to use On*Star exclusively because of these (and other) problems - then the OnStar app became just as bloated as the mychevy app - and I just stopped using them at all. (The mobile apps for ChargePoint were a lot more reliable than mychevy, so I just used that for charging, and that's it.)
 

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Would it be too much to ask that existing Bolts get a software update to allow us access to the info as well?

Regarding the marginally functional MyChevy app, it's my understanding that several legacy automakers are setting up offices in Silicon Valley to address this very issue. I firmly believe that the biggest shock to this industry regarding the emergence of Tesla is not their style of car, sales of those cars or rate of sales increase but the IT package that comes with the rest of the car. That is where they are in a serious catch-up mode.
Sounds like all these updates will happen via MyChevy app updates, and nothing will be required as far as the Bolt itself goes.
 
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