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Free Public level 2 charging

  • March 25, 2022 8:32 AM
    Reply # 12680447 on 12679236
    John P. Weiksnar (Administrator)

    TL;DR, "use it or lose it."

    When public Level 2 stations close, that's not a good sign. I'd prefer to see owners check in and use them with some frequency, to show demand, and also create a little visual continuity for others to note that EVs exist. As opposed to "Oh, that charger (sic) has never been touched and is covered in cobwebs." . . .

    Coupled with state or federal incentives used to install some of these stations, I'm glad to see owners take advantage of public charging.

    Sidenote, for institutional Level 2 charging, often the rates are locked in. For a lot of these stations the cost amounts to pennies per day. A local University once said that their eight pilot program Chargepoint connectors hit a grand total of a few thousand dollars for the entire year. Sure, one could always cite demand charges being sky high, but by and large these stations are nowhere close to the expense of providing petroleum fueling stations!

  • March 25, 2022 7:57 AM
    Reply # 12680440 on 12679236

    That apartment complex does not get their electricity for free.  They pay for it.  Other places like government buildings are subsidised.  Grocery stores, etc use it as an added feature of shopping there and hence feel it is like advertising.  

  • March 24, 2022 10:03 AM
    Message # 12679236

    I am wondering what others think about using all the free level 2 charging available. 

    My situation is that after dropping my wife off at her office, rather than going home, I'll locate a free charger (thank you  charge point) and spend an hour or two charging while returning emails and planning the rest of my day.

    Initially I did this quite a bit at my local AAA that had both a tesla destination charger and a generic j1772 charger available for members, which I am. I feel fine about this as I am a member, and now with my Y I really don't get other benefits from them.

    I have discovered via the charge point app that there are many other free locations available such as grocery stores and many apartment complexes. 

    I have used apartment chargers, but I wonder... the signs never say for renters only, and they all are well marked so it certainly could be limited to residents. BTW these spots are almost always empty.

    Just wonder what others think. Don't want to be accused of stealing electricity...


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