Welcome to PriusChat

We'd love to have you join our community and participate in the conversation! Sign up for FREE today.

Sign Up
  1. TGB4 2014 Prius Convention Hotel Discounts are ending this week. Click for more information. All Access registration with personalized items ends Sept 1. Register now!

Plug-in story!

Discussion in 'Toyota Prius Plug-in' started by jverdin, Mar 22, 2012.

Social Buttons

  1. jverdin

    jverdin New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2006
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Alabama
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    Great story, I'm staying in Atlanta all next week with my new PIP. I called the hotel to see if there were any outlets in the parking garage. The hotel took the time to not only look for the outlets, but they also tested them. They told me to call ahead of time and that they would block off the outlet location just for little old me! Wow what service! My whole week will be gas free!

    :rockon:

    Hopefully Hotels will add this to the list of amenities and allocate parking areas for Plug-in vehicles.
    Please share your story.....
    1 person likes this.
  2. iRun26.2

    iRun26.2 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2011
    Messages:
    683
    Likes Received:
    111
    Location:
    United States
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    N/A
    That is so awesome! I would be extemely pleased.
  3. fotomoto

    fotomoto Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,483
    Likes Received:
    398
    Location:
    So. Texas
    Your Vehicle Year:
    Other Electric Vehicle


    Personally, I think they will soon "wise up" as they did with wi-fi and see it as a new, additional revenue stream.
  4. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    Messages:
    20,174
    Likes Received:
    3,262
    Location:
    boston
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    great deal, what hotel? is it a chain?
  5. UCBRUINS

    UCBRUINS Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2011
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    41
    Location:
    LA
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    That deserves a letter to their management/customer service! Make sure to take care of them for helping you out.
  6. mitch672

    mitch672 Technology Geek

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2004
    Messages:
    1,077
    Likes Received:
    195
    Location:
    Randolph, MA
    Your Vehicle Year:
    Other Electric Vehicle
    Model:
    N/A


    doubtfull, 3 hours of charging might set them back .50 in electricty, but make a very happy guest, who will tell lots of other people, they get a lot of bang for the buck with free word of mouth on this issue. If they put in commercial EVSE's, many of them allow the venue to set the price, so that might be a different story, but using an outlet they already have? they are not going to worry about that.. even a Nissan Leaf overnight would not set them back more than a buck or two. This is less than the cost of the mints they put on pillows or their "lost towels" :)
  7. in-control

    in-control Junior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2012
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Charlton, MA
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    Great service - I would notify the management and let them know that you will now be searching for hotels that can provide that service.
  8. jverdin

    jverdin New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2006
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Alabama
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced


    The Westin Atlanta North Perimeter 4 star rating.. nice place..

    :rockon:
    1 person likes this.
  9. planeflyer

    planeflyer Junior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2012
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Canby Oregon
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    N/A
    Another story from Portland area. I drove into a meeting at the Clackamas County Public Service building in Oregon City yesterday. I was surprised to find a "blink"
    charging station in the parking lot. I tried to plug in, but found
    that I need a card to activate the charging station. After an inquiry I found a web page on line https://www.blinknetwork.com/membership.html where I signed up for a card.
    I then downloaded an app for my droid phone and it shows "blink"
    charging stations all over the Portland area. I had no idea such a system was in place. Does any other area of the country have this system?

    I'm now over 300 miles and showing 67 mpg with 31% EV and 69% HV.
  10. Jeff N

    Jeff N Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2010
    Messages:
    1,214
    Likes Received:
    457
    Location:
    California, USA
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2011 Chevy Volt


    There are Blink charging points scattered around a few other areas but the last time I checked they were strongest in Washington and Oregon.

    Around California the ChargePoint system is more common. They have their own RFID card and smartphone app but there is also an "800" number listed on the charging station that you can call to gain access if you don't already have the card.
    3 people like this.
  11. fotomoto

    fotomoto Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,483
    Likes Received:
    398
    Location:
    So. Texas
    Your Vehicle Year:
    Other Electric Vehicle


    That's the whole point. It would be a highly profitable revenue stream. :rockon:

    Remember right after Al Gore invented the interweb :p and you could tap into the hotel phone lines with your awesome 14.4k modem for free? That's how it is for EV's right now. Hotels eventually saw they could charge for providing this service but the market eventually matured to the present where it is "free" but really bundled into the room cost.

    Once there are enough plug-in travelers, I think the costs of all those chargers will first be charged to the room (pun not intended) but eventually as the BEV/PHEV market matures the costs will be shared by all through higher room rates. Just a guess.
  12. OilFreedom

    OilFreedom New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2011
    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    San Diego, CA (Carmel Valley)
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    There a number of public Blink chargers deployed around San Diego already and more are coming. :D The locations so far include Balboa Park, Ikea (Mission Valley), certain hotels, some businesses (Qualcomm), etc.

    I have used a couple of these for my Leaf, however, I have not really needed them to extend the range to get back home -- just wanted to try them out. I am finding that I have very little need to charge my Leaf outside of my garage where my Blink Level II charger is installed. It was provided and installed for free as part of the early adopter program to gather charging / driving data. :)

    We will most like only charge the PiP at home with the Level I EVSE that comes with the car. We'll leave the EVSE in the garage. On occasion, we may use our Blink instead if we need a faster charge for the Prius. If I did not already have the Blink, I would not buy one just for the PiP. I would sooner put that money toward an EV (and then get the Level II charger). I charged my Leaf on Level I for two weeks before my Level II was installed. It worked fine, just took longer.
  13. OilFreedom

    OilFreedom New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2011
    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    San Diego, CA (Carmel Valley)
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base


    Isn't funny how things tend to stick -- whether true or not!? Al Gore never claimed he invented the Internet, but he did help provide funding for its research and development. It was the other party that made up the story that he claimed to have invented the Internet. :(
  14. CharlesH

    CharlesH CA HOV Decal #00005

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2005
    Messages:
    1,483
    Likes Received:
    324
    Location:
    Milpitas CA
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced


    Some background on this: snopes.com: Al Gore Invented the Internet
    1 person likes this.
  15. john1701a

    john1701a Prius Guru

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2004
    Messages:
    7,970
    Likes Received:
    1,947
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    My first drive-thru experience with the PHV was this morning. Tired & hungry, there was little interest in bringing attention to the technology. So, I didn't say anything at the window to pay.

    However, I had noticed how being close to the wall and under the awning channeled the osolating drown of the pedestrian warning sound. Turns out, the guy taking my money did too... the moment I lifted my foot off the brake.

    All of a sudden, he's hanging out the window trying to determine what had just alerted his senses to my vehicle being different. He peered at me dumbfounded.

    I looked back and said, "Plug-In Prius; 100 Miles Per Gallon". His jawed dropped as I slowly pulled away.

    Think I made an impression?
    .
    5 people like this.
  16. That_Prius_Car

    That_Prius_Car Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,062
    Likes Received:
    126
    Location:
    I'm a drifter. (:
    Your Vehicle Year:
    Other Hybrid
    Model:
    N/A


    Ha! I love reading these stories. The best part is their reaction!
  17. jbrad4

    jbrad4 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2011
    Messages:
    474
    Likes Received:
    144
    Location:
    Rowlett, TX
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced


    I don't pick up my PiP for another week and a half. I have had my ChargePoint and Blink RFID cards for a couple of months. The site I like is CarStations.com. What I like about this site is if you find a charge station that isn't on their map, you can add it. I have added about 20 charging stations in our area over the last few months - with photos.
  18. kstitt

    kstitt Junior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2011
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    San Bernardino
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced


    I checked out public charging stations in my area (Redlands, CA) before my PIP arrived. I also like the CarStations.com site and App, as it shows charging stations from many networks, Nissan, GM, Blink, Chargepoint etc. I'm not too comfortable driving my PIP into a Nissan dealer to use their charging station. Does anyone have experience with using Nissan dealers charging stations for their PIP or Volt?

    I've found that many folks park their ICE in a charging station blocking access to the charger. There are no signs at the local Blink charging station to indicate EV / PEV charging only. There was some controversy in CA when a new law (AB475), backed by GM, allowed Plug ins the same access to public charging stations as EV's. It's somewhat of a moot point if the spots are blocked by ICEs.
  19. crewdog

    crewdog AARPrius User

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2009
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    98
    Location:
    Woodstock, GA
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced


    My dad, an attorney, used to carry a few pre-printed cards with some flowery verbage to leave under windshield wipers of cars that took up two places.

    Now we have this website:
    youparklikeanasshole.com

    I'm sure that a box for blocking EVSE stations can be added.
Similar Threads: Plug-in story
Forum Title Date
Gen II Prius Technical Discussion CNN Plug-In Story Sep 2, 2008
Prius, Hybrid, EV and Alt-Fuel News TIME mag story on plug-in hybrids + biofuels Jun 7, 2005
Gen II Prius Main Forum NPR Living On Earth story on plug-in Prius is now live May 7, 2004
Prius, Hybrid, EV and Alt-Fuel News Tesla climbs to number 3 in world wide plug-in sales Tuesday at 1:09 PM
Toyota Prius Plug-in High-Performance Silicon Carbide-based Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Battery Charger Tuesday at 6:47 AM