mitch672 wrote:I'm sure they will let you use the charger, assuming they don't have a Leaf they have to get out for delivery today... you might have to wait a bit, but I'm sure most would find a way to squeeze you in.
I think this is a pretty big assumption. You are assuming that the charger will be accessible from outside the service area, or that the dealer will be willing to allow you the use of a service bay just for charging. And you are assuming that the dealer will be willing to devote personnel to charging cars. And you are assuming that you can count on availability when you need it.
Other replies above branch into fantasy, in which charging stations are capable of maintaining a waiting list and a reservation system, and drivers plan exactly when they will arrive at a station and actually arrive when they say they will. And what happens if you plan a trip on which you will need to charge and it's a nice day so everyone is out and about and the wait is three hours? Imagine the fights that would arise when Joe reserves a charger for 3:15 but does not arrive until 3:16 and meanwhile George arrives and plugs in! Joe invokes his reservation while George says he was there first. Or when Joe reserves a spot in line and then tries to get in front of George, who arrived before Joe but without a reservation! Now situate this in Los Angeles, where people shoot each other on the freeway for perceived aggressive driving.
Consider the present system with gas cars: We do not rely on a sophisticated system of reservations and advance planning. We rely on a system in which there are so many gas pumps that only when the supply of gasoline is stopped are there lines. It's strictly first-come first-served. Similarly, we need to have enough charging stations (and sufficient grid capacity) that there are always open stations available.
There are things which are possible but which are not practical, and the system of high-level communications at the chargers, and reservations, and driver planning suggested above is not practical, given the hardware needed and the human factor. If I can get a Leaf (which now seems doubtful if the initial roll-out is not state-wide) I'll be charging at home. I may plug into a public charger just so the public can see that the chargers are useful, but I will not assume I can drive more than 100 miles until there are so many chargers that there are always some vacant. And this time will come. The chargers will be built as electric cars are sold, and as the numbers of cars rise, more and more businesses will install chargers for the profit of selling electricity and to attract customers ("Charge while you shop.")
Reserved afternoon of 4/20.
"You can order" email late September, but was out of the country so...
Ordered very early October.
Dashboard says: more of the usual worthless Nissan b.s.
(Not on spreadsheet cuz I can't figure it out.)