Pholz wrote:It's a shame they aren't spread out a little further apart, say along the Interstates. Then they would be useful for trips. I can pretty much get anywhere in the Triangle I want. It would be nice to be able to do a road trip / beach trip though.
Yes, and no.
While it's a dream of mine to take my LEAF down to Charlotte (from Raleigh) to visit my sons at some point before they graduate from UNC-Charlotte, that's not really what the LEAF was meant for. It would take at least 3 stops (probably 4) at DC FC to make that journey, adding at least 1.5 hours to a 2.5 hour trip just doesn't make sense, other than as a gimmick trip. Having said that, having DC FC halfway (or even better at thirds) between the Triangle and Triad, and the Triad and Charlotte would make more sense for those corridors where travelers would only have to make one stop.
Those kind of charging stations start to make a little more sense when you've got vehicles with 200 mile ranges because at that point they start being strictly commuter vehicles and start to be useful for longer trips.
DC FC within a metropolitan area, however, can make sense. As an example, with my wife's new working hours, on evenings when we are going to a hockey game, she doesn't get home until 5:00 and we need to turn around and leave at 5:30. That doesn't leave us enough time to get enough charge in to make it to PNC Arena and back. True, if PNC Arena had public charging, or her workplace had it, this wouldn't be a concern. But we would certainly use DC FC in those instances (and on a fairly regular basis) if it didn't take us too far out of the way.
Additionally I think it would open up the market to a new class of drivers that have more than occasional times when they need >70 miles of range. While I still firmly believe that the majority of people are fine at the 40 mile level, there still are many whose driving patterns have regular needs above that level.