seonachan wrote:I work at a small college and we have a free charging station with 2 L2 chargers, which is pretty great. When I got my Leaf this summer I was the primary user; once in a while I'd see another car, always a PHEV (Volt, etc).
Now that the semester has started, there's real competition. There's another Leaf, and 3 or 4 PHEVs. Both chargers are occupied most of the time. The campus green initiative folks made up some signs for people to leave on the dash, saying when they'll be done charging, and inviting EV owners to unplug them after that. Ideally, those who are plugged in should move their cars after 2-3 hours but the realities of a full teaching schedule often make that difficult. There is room on either side of both charging spots, but neither of them are "legal" (one is on pavement with yellow zebra stripes, the other is on grass). I've already pulled up on the grass to plug in a couple times - no ticket but I don't know how far I could push my luck. We are currently asking the college to make those spots legit, but even then I can see the need for more chargers in the future.
Still, it's hard to complain about free L2 charging at work. In a pinch there's also a supermarket down the road with both L2 and CHAdeMO.
It'd be cool if they had secondary charging cables, so that 4 people could connect to a charger (presuming there's room) and have the charging station split the power evenly or rotate after X number of hours.
My problem here in Chattanooga, TN is this. You go to ChargePoint and see like 30 chargers around and it's like "oh wow, awesome", but then you break down into it and see:
1) Stations at Hotels for Hotel Guests only
2) Stations at Parking Garages where it might cost you $7 to park there to get your "free" power
3) Stations at Restaurants where they unofficially require it to be customers only
4) Stations where EV spaces aren't enforced and taken up by ICE vehicles
And then, to top it all off, you have the "initiatives" that absorb a number of spots. So, for instance, there's "6 spots" available in a public parking area. Sweet, right? Except that 4 of them are reserved for some Sharing program. In a parking garage there's 2 spots, but only one for public use.
There's only a few truly free spots and not even many Blink pay charging spots available for public use. Grr.