Wow! $2.50 an hour is steep and totally ridiculous! Given that an hour will probably give you about 20 miles or so, that's how much my ICE car gives per gallon which would almost be the cost of gas per gallon. And the newer ICE cars are giving 30+ miles a gallon. Which Walgreens is this? The one on Alpharetta Hwy was free the last time I checked (maybe a month ago).ericbdavies wrote:Quick question for all fellow EV drivers in Atlanta (btw, thanks for the advice, I picked up my leaf a couple weeks ago and love it).
Is Walgreens no longer offering charging for free? We stopped by today and now it wants a card through the Sema Connect website - and the charging is $2.50/hr. it seems like it is now that way at all Walgreens chargers. Just want to make sure I'm reading this right. Has anyone else seen this?
You've got a great point. If something is given away for free, a good many folks will take advantage of that. $2.50 an hour is VERY steep though. I can charge my car at home for six hours for less than that on my Blink. I can see them needing to charge a bit above what the electricity costs to maintain the charger and the network, but $2.50 seems a bit steep. I take it that it's based solely on time and NOT on how much electricity you actually use. So a new Leaf with the faster charging port would be able to take better advantage of this versus an older Leaf.cracovian wrote:In a way I'm glad they're no longer free which will make them available to those who really need them. However, $2.50 is a bit steep and, realistically, hardly anyone will use them. It will prevent all-night/day leeches though.
Seems like there'd be a way to incentive that...perhaps provide a code you can enter on the charging company's Web site to get free credits after you make a purchase. I am still surprised the Whole Foods by us has their chargers for free, but it does fit with their corporate policies on sustainability. I think most folks would be fine with the chargers being reserved for folks who have spent money at the retailer. Maybe that will be the next wave.ericbdavies wrote:I think the goal of a retailer providing this service is to make it basically "free" to visit their store. Even if I visited my Walgreens for only 10 minutes it covered the electricity to get there and get home. That should be the goal - and maybe they could enforce that to make sure it stayed "free". I'd hate to see them raise the price so much so no one uses it and them conclude there is no demand for the charger. There IS demand and it is growing - but just need to align incentives.