mbender wrote: pkulak wrote:
johnrhansen wrote:I think my days of charging away from home are numbered. I charge at home mostly anyway. Just too expensive. If it costs the same as driving a small ice car, why not drive a small ice car and not worry about the range restrictions?
Because I don't want to own two cars?
+1*N. This would be one of MANY possible other reasons. i.e., I suspect that the lower cost of fuel is not the top, let alone the only, reason that most here choose to drive electric. The above question might very well be flipped on its head, and become, "Why would anyone buy an EV if his or her only
concern and/or perceived advantage in driving one was the cost of fuel??"
They won't, and unless public L2 costs less than gas, people living in apartments with no charging available (like me) will stick with gas. I have about a 5 block walk to a bunch of Blink L2s, and could have just seen using them at $1.00 for 3.3 kWh, or just over $0.30/kWh (after they turned down the charging rate). Now? My 11 year old Subaru Forester typically gets 28-30 mpg on the highway, and gas is down to about $3.70/gallon. Even if it averages $4.00/gallon, I'm getting 7+ miles/$1.00. $0.39/kWh is from the wall, so dividing that by 0.85 to get the true cost/kWh into your battery gives $0.46/kWh, or 7.8 miles/$1.00 at 3.6 miles/kWh (steady 65 mph).
So, while kWh pricing and shorter intervals for time pricing are both excellent changes, the increased cost means even fewer people will use them than heretofore. I will say that the local Blinks have been more reliable recently. After I kept on them about OoS units (at one point 50% were broken), they've now had 100% in service for at least the past month, and maybe 2 months.