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Went on a road trip from Charleston, SC to DE and back to BWI. Almost 800 miles. EA chargers worked flawlessly. Bonus I got to see another ID.4 at the Richmond, VA location. In fact there were 2 ID.4’s (including me), 2 Mustang Mach-e’s and one Porsche Taycan. Very cool to see a bunch of newer gen EV’s in one place. Had at least two people asking questions on it. This car is road trip worthy! And all free. Despite the initial growing pains I am so satisfied with the ID.4.

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Thanks for your nice report. Good to hear that EA sees to work well. What is your order of action to start and stop charging without problems?

Just as a side note, I wonder at which point we have to wait at EA stations because there is a line to charge.
 

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Just as a side note, I wonder at which point we have to wait at EA stations because there is a line to charge.
We are probably a little ways from that point, but with newer cars coming out all the time, it will become more common. I would also note that many of the new cars can accept charge rates >100kW. Many of the non-EA chargers are limited to 50kW, and while that might have been adequate for a Bolt or a Leaf, that really doesn't cut it any more.

As I think back, I think I have only met one person at an EA charger. As it turns out, it was the CEO of EA - I was using a charger in Reston VA which was in the parking lot of the office building where EA has their headquarters. I last used that charger a few weeks ago (and had problems with it).
 

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Thanks for your nice report. Good to hear that EA sees to work well. What is your order of action to start and stop charging without problems?

Just as a side note, I wonder at which point we have to wait at EA stations because there is a line to charge.
For most I just opened the app at the location and selected the dispenser and swiped to start. I normally use my Apple Watch by opening the wallet (double click on long button), selecting the pass and then tapping it on the NFC reader. My watch battery died so could not do that. On one of the charge stops I used my phones NFC, but had to open the wallet first. NFC tends to be hit or miss at EA.
 

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We are probably a little ways from that point, but with newer cars coming out all the time, it will become more common. I would also note that many of the new cars can accept charge rates >100kW. Many of the non-EA chargers are limited to 50kW, and while that might have been adequate for a Bolt or a Leaf, that really doesn't cut it any more.

As I think back, I think I have only met one person at an EA charger. As it turns out, it was the CEO of EA - I was using a charger in Reston VA which was in the parking lot of the office building where EA has their headquarters. I last used that charger a few weeks ago (and had problems with it).
I definitely wondered yesterday at the Richmond, VA charger as there was a steady stream of people in and out. Most I have ever seen there is 3. There was nobody at any of the other chargers.
 

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When I used EA recently, I would just plug in, wait a few seconds to let the car and the charger handshake, and then hold the phone over the NFC antenna on the charger. Didn't unlock the phone and I didn't open the app - just held the phone up next to the charger.
 

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Went on a road trip from Charleston, SC to DE and back to BWI. Almost 800 miles. EA chargers worked flawlessly.
Do you recall what kind of efficiency (mi/kWh) you got on the trip? Or if you don't, about how far you had to go between charging stops? I'm trying to get an idea of what at DC-to-Orlando trip might look like in terms of how often I'll need to stop.
 

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Do you recall what kind of efficiency (mi/kWh) you got on the trip? Or if you don't, about how far you had to go between charging stops? I'm trying to get an idea of what at DC-to-Orlando trip might look like in terms of how often I'll need to stop.
Check out A better route planner it is very accurate, it even knows which of the 125kw chargers will not output as rated and adjusts the plans, and can adjust for extra weight, temperature and just about everything. Most people are reporting 3 mi/kwh or 225 mile range at 70-75mph.
 
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Check out A better route planner it is very accurate, it even knows which of the 125kw chargers will not output as rated and adjusts the plans, and can adjust for extra weight, temperature and just about everything. Most people are reporting 3 mi/kwh or 225 mile range at 70-75mph.
Yeah, but to get good results, you need to tweak the settings - set the maximum charge to something like 80%, and set EA as the preferred charging network.

You can plan amenity stops as well. This could be just stopping to eat, but it could also be staying at a hotel that has a L2 charger.

I would also note that if you watch Kyle's road trip videos, that he doesn't really plan out the entire trip ahead of time - not in detail, anyways. They seem to have a rough idea of the route and where they think they might want to take hotel stops and whatnot, but for the most part, at each charging stop he is just looking to see how far it is to the next charger, and then making sure he has enough juice to get there, and verifying that the next charging station is up and working.
 

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In my testing I think it’s reasonable to expect 2.5 mi/kWh at 80mph and slightly better than that at 70mph, say 2.75 mi/kWh.
 

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set the maximum charge to something like 80%, and set EA as the preferred charging network.
EA defaults for me once I chose an ID.4. The settings I changed is max 90 and battery degradation from the default of 5% to 0%.
 

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Went on a road trip from Charleston, SC to DE and back to BWI. Almost 800 miles. EA chargers worked flawlessly. Bonus I got to see another ID.4 at the Richmond, VA location. In fact there were 2 ID.4’s (including me), 2 Mustang Mach-e’s and one Porsche Taycan. Very cool to see a bunch of newer gen EV’s in one place. Had at least two people asking questions on it. This car is road trip worthy! And all free. Despite the initial growing pains I am so satisfied with the ID.4.

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All three EVs look good!
There are two hookups for each EA charger yet they only provided for one parking spot. If EA is like Tesla then you try to have only one vehicle on a charger at a time otherwise the power will be divided between the two hookups but this parking setup doesn't even allow two vehicles on one charger!
 

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All three EVs look good!
There are two hookups for each EA charger yet they only provided for one parking spot. If EA is like Tesla then you try to have only one vehicle on a charger at a time otherwise the power will be divided between the two hookups but this parking setup doesn't even allow two vehicles on one charger!
Isn't one cable on each cabinet for Chademo?
 

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Isn't one cable on each cabinet for Chademo?
It seems like most EA stations have only one cabinet with 1 CCS/1 Chademo, and the rest are 2 CCS. I think the EA setup only ever allows 1 per cabinet to be used at a time, regardless if the parking situation permits it. There are two available so you can pick the easiest one to reach your charging port, or helping keep the cabinet in service if one of the two cables are out of service.
 

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For most I just opened the app at the location and selected the dispenser and swiped to start. I normally use my Apple Watch by opening the wallet (double click on long button), selecting the pass and then tapping it on the NFC reader. My watch battery died so could not do that. On one of the charge stops I used my phones NFC, but had to open the wallet first. NFC tends to be hit or miss at EA.
Sorry for the stupid question, I don’t have my id.4 yet: are you plugging in and then go through this procedure, or the other way around? I am in the Apple ecosystem as well, so the Apple Watch option is great (haven’t heard that yet).
 
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