Someone has now driven from Santiago area to Concepcion and back with an electric car.
Link below has the story in a series of mini video blogs at each stop that might take up to an hour or so to watch all of them.
https://clubautoselectricos.blogspot.co ... LLhzjSr2K0
I'll sum up the key points here though from the video:
On the way from Santiago to Concepcion, everything worked smoothly.
On the way back, there was a problem with a power cut at San Carlos which meant the fast charger couldn't be used until the power came back. The power cut was for the whole area, and meant the fast charger could not be used. However while the power was out, they let him use the mains electricity to charge via generator (it seems that with generator they were able to power a regular electric socket but not the fast charger). It looks like, had there been a power cut all day, he still would have been able to charge overnight and move on the next day. (If the fast chargers don't work, you can still charge an electric car from a regular electric socket, it just takes many hours, perhaps even overnight, instead of some minutes in the fast charger).
There was a second problem with a "fuera de servicio" on the fast charger at San Fernando.If I understood correctly, he charged the electric car from a regular socket here as the fast charger wasn't working. As a result, he had to wait longer to get a smaller amount of charge, and got just enough to reach the next charger, and then left. This would have been to avoid waiting hours and hours to get a full charge at a slower speed. Hope this is making sense.
When he arrived at the electric charging points, there was no one standing near them to assist him in the process, but he was able to get someone when needed. This clearly would have been a tricky trip for someone that didn't speak Spanish.
The fast chargers take 30-40 minutes for a full charge.
Overall, on the way south he probably took a fraction longer than a petrol trip, and on the way back quite a bit longer.
Most of the chargers were for free (he paid at Chillan), but that is just for now that they are free. I think they are all going to charge, but for starters they are allowing some free usage.
The cost is 230 pesos/ kwH for the fast chargers - that is about double the price of regular electricity. That means that when you are driving between Santiago and Concepcion, or anywhere with these fast motorway chargers, you are paying about half the price per mile for fuel as if you drive a petrol/gas car.
(When you have an electric car and are charging at home for example from a regular socket, it is about 75% less pesos per mile as you are using cheaper electricity at a more normal price.)
To pay at the Copec Voltex fast chargers, you have to have a cell phone app and you need an internet connection on your phone to be able to pay. That means if you ran out of credit/data allowance, or had no signal, or had no battery, you would be quite screwed. I am not sure what you would do in this situation. Perhaps they would still let you charge up from the regular socket and you might have to stay hours and hours or overnight? You can't pay by cash or credit card which honestly is just dumb. I hope they change that.
It looks like there are 2 parking spaces next to each electric charging point. I assume that means 2 cars can charge at once.