2k1Toaster wrote:I don't take E470 because of the hassle of paying the toll and it has never been faster. I just go I-25 to I-225 to I-70 to DIA. I almost always drive the Prius and park in the designated hybrid spots next to the dedicated EV spots in the garage (usually East Garage). We fly almost every weekend and I find there is usually at least 1 open space. I don't really want to deal with the hassle of a valet, but I have never done it so the "hassle" is so far completely imagined. $26/day isn't too bad. I don't think I will take the Leaf over the winter break time when it would occupy the spot for 3 weeks. DIA really needs an internal shuffle system for those chargers or just put more in. Even some outlets here and there would be nice. Anyone know if there are some outlets sprinkled throughout the garage?
First, you don't need to take E470 to get the coupon - just print it out (or have it on your smart phone) and you get the credit. And, yes, if you only go to DIA on weekends E470 isn't a better route.
The biggest hassle with Canopy is that you have to take a shuttle to/from DIA - and this is a factor (add 20 minutes each way on average) so all things being equal I prefer the DIA garage. But things aren't always equal, both in terms of cost and in terms of getting a full EV charge. The valet actually minimizes the hassle otherwise - you drive up, they take the car, and you get the priority pickup for the shuttle meaning you are the last stop when taking people to DIA and first stop when arriving back at parking. When you get back the shuttle driver radios ahead so your car is ready to go when you arrive. If you use the valet they'll charge the car when needed then park it elsewhere so for 3 weeks is fine - they'll even do an 80% charge to start then if you call to remind them they'll do the top-up a few hours before you arrive.
AFAIK there are electrical outlets somewhere in the DIA garage because the article which announced the L1 spots specifically mentioned that people were charging using the various outlets there. However, I've never seen one although I've looked a few times.