Station Owner FAQs

EV Driver FAQ


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What is ChargePoint?

ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 18,500 charging locations. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint’s open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join.

ChargePoint’s real-time network information including the availability of charging locations throughout the nation is available through the ChargePoint mobile app, online and via the navigation systems in top-selling EVs including the new BMW i3 and the Nissan LEAF. Every 9 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station and by initiating over 6.3 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 5.5 million gallons of gasoline and driven 131 million gas free miles.


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What can I do with my ChargePoint account?

Creating a ChargePoint account will give you quick and easy access to the largest EV charging network with over 18,500 places to plug in. You can initiate sessions without a membership, but with a free ChargePoint account, you can set up mobile and email notifications to get updates on the charging status of your vehicle.

You can also save your favorite station locations, manage your charging payments, track your energy use, gas savings, and greenhouse gas emissions avoided. Plus, view your monthly statements to track all your charging activity. Sign up here.


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How do I find a spot to charge?

Our real-time network information is available on our map, on the ChargePoint mobile app and in the navigation units of top selling EVs.


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Can I request a charging station to be installed near me?

Absolutely! Many of ChargePoint’s charging station locations are the result of driver feedback. If you can’t plug in and charge at a place you park often, click here and let us know.


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How do I start a charging session?

You can easily start a session with your ChargePoint card, using the ChargePoint mobile app, with an RFID credit card or by calling driver support at 888-758-4389. The 888 number is listed on each ChargePoint station and on the back of your ChargePoint card.


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How much will I pay to charge my car?

Stations on the ChargePoint network are independently owned, so each station owner sets the price for use of their stations. Many stations are completely free to use. You can see the price to use a specific station on our mobile app by viewing the indicated rates on the station details page, or click a charge spot on our online map and view pricing in the station details pop up. The price also scrolls across the charging station's display.


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How do I obtain or activate a ChargePoint card?

You can sign up for a free ChargePoint card online or via our ChargePoint mobile app. After signup you will receive two free cards within 7-10 business days. Once they arrive, you must log in to your account and activate your cards. Go to My Account and select Manage ChargePoint Cards. Make sure you have your ChargePoint cards on hand to enter their serial numbers and select save.


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How do I pay for access to a charging station with my ChargePoint card?

The price to charge varies across ChargePoint’s network. Many are free to use but some do have a fee. So, in case you come across a paid station, on signup, we ask for your credit card information. Upon first use of a paid station, your credit card will be charged a $25 deposit which will be applied as a balance on your ChargePoint account. Each time you pay to use a station, the fees will be deducted from your ChargePoint account balance. When your account runs low, we will automatically charge your credit card $25 or the amount equivalent to three month's average use so your ChargePoint account always maintains a balance. If you only use free stations, your credit card will never be charged. If you cancel your account, you will be refunded the remainder of your deposit. To update your credit card information, go to the Financial Information section under My Account.


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What are notifications, and why are they important?

Notifications help you stay aware of your electric vehicle charging status at all times. You can set up mobile and email
notifications for:

  • When your car is fully charged.
  • When charging is interrupted.
  • When the power to your car is reduced.
  • For charging station reservation status and reminders.

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How are greenhouse gas (GhG) savings computed?

ChargePoint uses EPA estimates to derive a formula relating GhG savings to the amount of energy delivered to the vehicle from the charging station. The following estimates are used in the calculations, with references:

  • Driving an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicle emits 8.8 kg CO2/gal (19.4 lbs CO2/gal). [1]
  • The U.S. Passenger Car average efficiency for ICE vehicles is 23.9 mi/gal (mpg) [2]
  • An Electric Vehicle (EV) has an average efficiency of 3.0 mi/kWh. [Note: This is a ChargePoint estimate based on data for several types of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) such as the Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model S and Plug-in Hybrids Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) such as the Chevy Volt and Toyota Plug-in Prius.
  • Electricity generation, for the mix consumed in the CAMX (WECC California) region, emits 0.49 kg CO2/kWh (1.08 lbs CO2/kWh) [3]
  • CO2 is 95% of GHG emissions [4]

Combining these numbers yields 0.42 kg/kWh (3.13 lbs/kWh) of GhG Savings for the CAMX (WECC California) region. Future releases will allow for customization of the GhG formula to reflect regional differences in electricity generation.