Nubo wrote:Charging providers always trying to reinvent the wheel by putting proprietary bullshit in between you and the charge. Gas stations do just fine with credit cards. I wish charge providers would get with the program.
Credit cards are a bad deal for the seller. They take a percentage, but perhaps more notably for EVs, they also take a fixed fee per transaction. It's only in the tens of cents, but given the cost of electricity, it's enough to make L2 charging in particular look uneconomical -- either you eat the fees and end up making nothing, or you pass the cost on to the customer and charge them vastly more than they'd pay at home. Gas stations don't have this problem because you can't fuel at home, and everybody buys at least a few dollars' worth at at time, which makes the fees absorbable. (Despite this, notice how many stations offer a discount for cash -- even though that's against the terms of their credit card agreements.)