drees wrote:Frankly, if I need the charge, I'll just be happy that there's a EVSE there and available to be used!
At $1.50 / hour that is about $0.40 / kWh, but with gas at $3.75 / gallon, that's comparable to fueling a typical gas car. For the occasional top-off when you need to get where you need to go, you'd probably pay a lot more, and it's likely your average cost to charge will have hardly budged!
I agree. Sure at these prices public L2 can't compete with home charging, but for me neither can free
public charging compete with home charging. I won't drive somewhere I don't want to be in order to save 35 cents on an hour's charge. I'll charge if it's convenient where I want to be, and if I might need the extra range, and an extra dollar isn't going to change that.
The good thing that may come from paying for charging is that spaces may not be blocked by cars that have finished charging or by ICE cars. Nor are PHEV cars likely to occupy paid public charging stations if they can buy driving range quicker and more cheaply at the gas station.
With the first year's fee waived, signing up for Blink Plus was a no-brainer. If by the first year I have to pay for membership Blink have developed plenty of stations in convenient locations, and a fair number of Quick Charge stations, then I'll gladly pay for the next year. If they have the same paltry number of L2 and no QC, then I'll drop my membership with no regret.