mkjayakumar wrote:I find it very amusing when I see PHEV owners sitting on a public charger for a few hours to save a few dollars over driving on gasoline. Even at the old Blink rates they perhaps save, what $5 an hour? That is less than minimum wage, and presumably for someone who could afford a PHEV that costs close to 30 grand.
I take it back.I don't find it amusing. I find that silly and stupid.
Public chargers are for people who have no other choice to get back home - for BEVs. The electricity didn't magically appear in the plugs. It takes a lot of capital costs and operational costs to make that happen, just like the Starbucks at your ski resort paid through his nose to get a license to run his business, which in many cases is seasonal.
This isn't the point with PHEVs Look at the adverts. They WANT you to use electricity as much as possible. More electric miles the better. But if your public charging option is 2.5 times the price of gas, you wouldn't charge. A volt owner sitting at a Level 2 for a couple of hours is not really the point. But a Volt NOT taking advantage of a level 2 while shopping at a mall? or seeing a movie? That is not how it should work, if given the opportunity, PHEVs should use electricity over gas. Its like those PiP owners who never plug in, even at home.
If you delegate public charging ONLY to BEVs and only when desperately needed, NO ONE would use them. They would never get used. If its for an emergency then making a profit would never happen. The idea is the destination - charging at your destination is what gets the best use for level 2, even if its to add a cushion to your range. all the ev companies advertise this - its not an emergency OMG I can't make it home use.
I understand I pay a premium for it, and I understand they need to make a profit. But overcharging because you are managing your system poorly is not a solution. Why does everyone else charge less? They still make profits. Why can't carcharging follow what they are doing? I have no sympathy for them.
Again, for use people that use them frequently because we are trying to get the most out of leafs instead of using gas or purchasing a gas car, this has complicated things greatly.