KeiJidosha wrote: palmermd wrote: DarkStar wrote:
Obviously, eventually EVSEs will be just like gas stations. When you need one, you just drive a block or two down the road to find one...
I disagree. People will just charge at home.
I disagree. I'm planning to go to the convention center and need a 6kWh bump to make it in the EV. Otherwise its 140 miles in the Gas Hog. I use opportunity charging on a ~weekly basis. You will find that evchargenews.com, et all, is a great (liberating) resource once you have an EV. For now, posts from visitors are the best way to know the status of a remote charge site.
You've confirmed my post. I also drive an EV. I have since 1997. I charge at home. The only time I charge away from home is when I am taking an unusual trip like to the mall in Sacramento. I plug in when I am there, but otherwise I don't need to charge when I am out and about, its just so much easier to do it at home.
You're example means that you will need to spend 2 hours at the convention center minimum. This is not like stopping at the gas station. It is more like my 2 hour stop at the mall.
We will find that there will be chargers in places like these that people are known to be spending several hours. Work, Ballparks, Malls, Convention Centers. EVSE on the street corner like a gas station it is not.
evchargernews is great. The comments seem to be good, but I still take my gas car to verify the ones that I want to use because it is just not trustworthy enough (at least for me). I've not found any bad information, but I just like to know what is there before taking my car out of range. Otherwise I might be stuck on some random street corner charging my car for 2 hours with nothing to do other than to thank my host for saving my bacon.
And back to the thread topic, I like this new site. There seems to be some improvements to the evchargernews site, but it is missing LOTS and LOTS of charge stations, and it is missing the updated comments from the other site. If it catches on and the posts are trustworthy, then it could be really nice. I like that you can attach photos of the site.