EVDRIVER wrote:Dealers are not the backbone of public charging for the LEAF nor should they be relied on for many reasons. They are businesses that need EVSE units to charge new customer cars and are there for the occasional emergency, if they were relied upon for public infrastructure dealers would be dealing with all sorts of issues. I hear this complaint from dealers all the time and Nissan forces them to have EVSE units and in many cases they are in locations that are a pain for a dealer to manage. If dealers want to invite this they sure can but they are certainly not a backbone of anything. Being forced to have EVSE units for customers buying cars makes sense, forcing dealers to make it open to anyone and pay for power and deal with the many problems of public charging at a business place is complete nonsense from a business perspective. If you own a LEAF and rely on a dealer to charge you likely bought the wrong car. Most people that do not own businesses do not have a clue what issues this causes for a business.
That may be true for the L2 EVSEs that LEAF dealers are required to install.
However, my understanding is that dealers can decline to install QC. They can also choose to charge money for the use of QC.
By all accounts, Nissan has been sponsoring the installation of Quick Chargers at dealers in order to provide an initial QC network for LEAF drivers and thereby sell more LEAFs.
We don't rely on dealers for day-to-day charging, but the availability of charging at some area dealerships has made it feasible for us to use the LEAF for a number of medium-length drives. This significantly increases the value of the car to us.
I do agree that dealers are not great places to handle high volumes of charging traffic. Years down the road, particularly as the range of the LEAF increases, it might make sense for Nissan to set up QC "stations" at non-dealer locations, sort of along the lines of today's Supercharger stations. The cost of charging these stations could be baked into the price of the car, or perhaps offered as an option.