bigrob90 wrote:NasGoreList wrote:GregH wrote:Agree the reliability and redundancy of the growing chademo network leaves something to be desired..
I suspect when we see chademo capable cars with 150+ miles of range we'll also start seeing clusters of chargers deployed to link distant destination. Such a network just wasn't worthwhile for a vehicle with 70-80 miles of range.
I don't think it would be very difficult to have chademo chargers at every gas station along the interstates or in general?
Would the people paying to have them installed be able to make a profit? That's really the only question. As long as the likely answer is no, only a true believer in an EV future would finance it. The only likely candidate would be the EV makers, but only those who plan to actually profit. The compliance vehicle manufacturers have no incentive.
The CHAdeMO stations around here are pretty crowded lately. I have to wait behind someone every third charge or so, and apparently up in Washington it's getting really "bad". Lots of queueing. If one charger is just at 50% capacity from 8am until 10pm, and charging sessions are 20 minutes on average, that's 24 charging sessions a day. Aerovironment charges $7.50 for a charge unless you have a $20/month subscription, so lets just assume that it works out to about $5 a charge for them (I probably use it about 4 times a month on average): that's $120 a day. Subtract 10 kWhs per charge and that's about $100 profit per day.
So, install a $50,000 charger and then pull in $3,000 a month? That math works out. It really works out! I own a house worth $150,000, that needs way more upkeep than a quick charger, and rent is $900. As more and more people start driving electric cars, the chargers will be built.