How it Works
Every Francis charging station is public and Plug First. This means that you simply park, plug in your vehicle, and then the screen will instruct you what to do next. Step two is to either Tap, Scan, or Swipe - you can tap your Francis Network Card (RFID), scan the station QR code in your Francis EV Charging app, or swipe your credit card. You can always use a credit card and there is no need to download or sign up for anything, but a free membership makes it easier for you to start a charge, see your usage history, watch the status of your current session, find stations, reserve stations, check status of stations, as well as receive discounts, news and notifications from Francis, and much more.
To receive every benefit a free Francis Network Membership offers, follow these steps:
Getting Set Up:
- Sign up for an account here
- Adjust your profile and load funds into your account
- Order an RFID card, which will be mailed to you within 5-7 business days.
Locate a Station
Francis EV Charging app subscribers can locate stations and see their real time availability in the Francis EV Charging app or in the Online Portal. Our Francis EV stations can also be found in your in-vehicle navigation and through third party sites such as PlugShare.com and the US DOE Alternative Fuels Data Center. Click here to take a look at the Francis EV Network.
What Does it Cost?
Our Francis charging stations charge per time, and pricing for such time per location based upon many factors, such as the power output of the charger, local energy costs and site usage levels. Pricing for each station is displayed on the screen and available in real time to our members through the Francis EV Charging app. Regardless of site, you can expect to save significantly from what you would pay for a similar internal combustion engine vehicle at a gas dispenser at current gas prices.
How Long Does it Take to Charge?
Answering that question depends on a lot of factors - the level of the station, your current battery level, the ambient weather conditions, your driving patterns, the plug your car accepts and the programming in the vehicle, among other factors. While we can't tell you exactly the time it will take to charge your vehicle, as every session is unique, we can tell you the typical amount of energy a Francis EV station can deliver and average travel distances using that energy - in the form of miles of range delivered per hour of charge time, or MpHC. Most electric vehicles today will average between 3 and 4 miles per kWh in their battery, meaning a 50 kilowatt battery charging rate equates to approximately 150-200 MpHC.
The Francis Network offers three levels of charger, and they can all be clearly identified by their trademark Francis Blue. Consult your vehicle owner's manual for information regarding vehicle charging plug types, charging capabilities, and driving efficiencies.
Level 2 AC
- J-1772 Plug - 2 ports
- 40 amps AC charge
- up to 25 - 40 MpHC
50kW DC Level 3
- CCS + CHAdeMO - 1 port
- 50kW max DC fast charge
- up to 150 - 200 MpHC
200kW DC High Power
- CCS + CHAdeMO - 1 port
- 200-350kW max DC fast charge
- up to 800 (1400) MpHC
Using the App
To locate a station in the app and start a session, you can:
- Select a station from the map
- Type a station ID in the station search
- Scan the QR code on the front of a station
You can order an RFID card by becoming a member of the Francis EV Network, and then by selecting Order RFID Card from the app menu. The RFID card is connected directly to your Francis EV Network account, and all of your usage and information can be reviewed in the app or the portal.