Randy3 wrote:... paying to park at the EVSE's may help keep them from being ICE'd so much? I still agree with that idea.
Not only not ICE'd, but not using the spot to charge your EV when you really don't need it, which makes it available for folks who DO NEED IT !!!
So, to the OP, just drive you oil car, or boycott Walgreens, or whatever you want, and the rest of us will be very happy to use that available charge station when we need it.
Even if I had to pay $2 per kWh, it is still cheaper than oil. How, you ask? Because I normally charge at home for almost "free" (solar), but let's say 12 cents per kWh (national average).
So, my 24,000 miles per year average driving is $960 per year (24,000 / 3 mile/kWh = 8000kWh burnt * 12.0 cents per kWh
and my one visit to Walgreens for 20kWh (that would be rare that I'd want to hang out there that long, however) at $2/kWh (2 * 20) = $40. My effective cost of power for the year is $960 + $40 = $1000.
1000 / 8000 = 12.5 cents per kWh
I'll pay the extra one half penny.
It's cool you would rather burn money than oil (good for you!), but a lot of Walgreen's chargers run by Chargepoint do not, can not, bill the user by kWh. Rather it's a flat time rate. $2 minimum charge for 1 hour minimum use. ($8 for 4 hour charge = approx $4 per gallon gasoline equivalent). I don't know anyone who spends a whole hour at a Walgreen's unless he works there. So the normal 10 minute visit will still cost you the $2 minimum fee for a very small amount of power off an L2 station. In English that's called a rip-off. Sure if you were desperate, in an absolute emergency, you could sit there in your Leaf for an hour squeezing every last drop out of that $2 fee, but for normal use, its simply not economical when compared to the equivalent amount of energy obtained from $2 worth of gasoline (approx. 1/2 gallon).
That's part of the equation that EV buyers will be looking at. Why should I pay full sales tax on a $35k vehicle, (or be forced to lease) when even the chargers at Walgreen's will charge me more than an equivalent amount of gasoline. One of the biggest selling points of EVs is that while the upfront costs are high, charging the vehicle is extremely low cost, if not free. And again, most people in cities, rely on public chargers. Period. Screw that market base at your peril.
Walgreen's is making a huge mistake charging for using these units and will, rightfully, get very little store traffic as a result. No need to boycott them -- most people simply wouldn't bother using them and their chargers will sit there unused.