GroundLoop wrote:Really? I'd gladly trade the L3 port on the Leaf for a 6.6kW charger.
There will be far more 6+kW L2 facilities than the occasional L3, and I intend to do more opportunistic charging than long-distance driving. Picking up charge twice as fast from these public chargers is far more valuable than the occasional quicker charge.
I think that the integration of EV's into the grid is dependent on minimizing "opportunistic" peak demand charging. Eventually, this will be regulated by market prices. Public chargers will have time-of-use rates, just as utilities charge more for peak than off-peak electricity for your home.
So the potential EV buyer should be considering how much of their total charging can be done off peak, whether at home or elsewhere. I realize that for now L2 charging is often "free" to the driver, but plugging your car in on a hot summer afternoon in California is very expensive to everyone else paying an electricity bill.
I expect to use "opportunistic" charging only when an unplanned detour, or a longer trip, requires it. And for these occasions, fast charging at L3 will be far superior.