If we assume that Blink's 49 cent per kWh price is about 35 cents per kWh above many people's price to charge in their garage, do you think you can run a nationwide charging business on that margin and make money?
Considering employee wages, network payments, electric bills, host payments, insurance, maintenance, call center, credit card fees, etc?
I don't think it is a business that can be profitable at this time, therefore I don't consider 49 cent per kWh retail electricity pricing to be a "rip off" or "gouging"...It's just the cost for a convenient charge away from your garage.
Just like you can buy a coke for less at the store to drink at home, but at the movies or at a sporting event it costs a lot more because of many of the same factors to run a business...
I wish more EV drivers would recognize that. Public charging can't be free or even low cost long-term if you want a business to stick around and offer it...
I've said many times that I don't believe there's a viable business model for public for-profit L1/2 charging, unless the utilities do it and cut out the middleman (and maybe not even then). Only the truly desperate will pay $0.49 kWh from the wall ($0.54 - $0.58 to the battery) for L2, when gas is far cheaper. I think the only hope for profitability is where they are used for demand response, to soak up excess wind/solar. Much the same is true with for-profit QCs, but there's a bit more room there. I see public L1/L2 as a loss leader (i.e. marketing, like free or validated parking) at businesses, but where L1/2 is essential are places like multi-family dwellings, at work (see demand response) or tourist overnight destinations.