BC Hydro stations

Discussion in 'Hyundai Kona Electric' started by SkookumPete, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    Yea its kind of funny my Greenlots card worked the other day at Nanaimo Superstore and I know it works downtown, but Qualicum has always rejected me and its got me scared to do longer distance trips not knowing.
    Now that a new card has been sent, my old Greenlots card is de-activated so its L2 for a couple of weeks -hopefully:(
     
  2. BC-Doc

    BC-Doc Member

    I just ordered a Greenlots RFID card too for $9 after the charger in Vernon kept kicking me off/not accepting the Greenlots app to start charging. Was told by the telephone rep that I could use a rfid card which I don’t have to start charging. Will leave in my glove box as back up in more remote areas of BC in case app doesn’t work to unlock charger. I hope not to have to pay to collect any more of these RFID cards.
     
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  3. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    You are not alone according to the reviews here:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zecosystems.greenlots&hl=en_CA
    My problem was the opposite where my RFID was not working at certain machines, hope yours works better.
     
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  4. R P

    R P Active Member

    I only have a Greenlots card, and have never had a problem at a BC Hydro charging station.
     
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  5. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    This is really the way to go, could use batch processing in non network areas. However it will probably be some time before we see this:
    https://insideevs.com/news/359929/charging-uk-credit-card/
    Note: would be a benefit for all charging networks, not just B.C. Hydro
     
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  6. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    Yahoo!
    Finally got a QC at Quallicum :
    https://www.plugshare.com/location/4474
    New Greenlots RFID cards are numeric (8 digits) where the early ones were alfa numeric (2 letters and 6 digits).
    Hopefully it works at all their equipment going forward.
    BTW nice chatting with you SkookumPete :)
     
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  7. SkookumPete

    SkookumPete Active Member

    The Hydro chargers can be finicky about just how you go about starting a session. It seems best to activate (with the app in my case) before unlatching and plugging in. Otherwise you can end up in a loop with the machine repeatedly telling you to sign in. It took me ten minutes to figure this out, as I had just taken the plug from a proud new Soul owner and hooked it up before attempting to start the machine. I even got an "unsafe conditions" error.
     
  8. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    Yes start the software then plug in. It takes way too long IMHO for this process to work but free energy? who's to complain. (When it works :D)
     
  9. SkookumPete

    SkookumPete Active Member

    Shhh…
     
  10. SkookumPete

    SkookumPete Active Member

    Yet I got the opposite experience today in Courtenay: it wouldn't prompt me to scan until I'd plugged in. Go figure.
     
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2019
  11. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    So long as it worked for you
     
  12. SkookumPete

    SkookumPete Active Member

    In fact the instructions on the Hydro site I cited in the original post say that you are to plug in first.
     
  13. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    Only problem there is a failed start to charge will lock the CCS connector to the port, forcing you to open the hood and pull the disconnect lead in order to remove and try a restart... nothing like consistency. :confused:
     

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