Opinion Charging won't be as convenient as gas stations anytime soon?

SuperLucky88

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They definitely are far behind right now in terms of:
1) ability to pay cash, credit card, by phone, etc.
2) lack of other amenities offered such as drinks, snacks, bathrooms, etc.
3) not nearly as many
4) lack of road tools such as windshield washers, paper towels, etc.
 

talkingevs

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They definitely are far behind right now in terms of:
1) ability to pay cash, credit card, by phone, etc.
2) lack of other amenities offered such as drinks, snacks, bathrooms, etc.
3) not nearly as many
4) lack of road tools such as windshield washers, paper towels, etc.
I'd agree with that.
 

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Forgot to add in another:

- Ability to locate open chargers with no wait. One of the best thing about gas stations is just pulling in and filling up. Some EV charging stations have waits.
 

MikeQBF

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"Open chargers" is my concern, coupled with charger reliability. Lots of reviews on plugshare.com about down chargers or high-capacity chargers limited to slow rates. That's a serious problem for where we plan to drive an EV given how sparse the charger network is here.

One review I read for a location we were familiar with said they were stranded because all the chargers were down, of four, and they had to spend the night at the hotel across the street plugged into their 110V to complete enough of their trip to get to the next charger.

Damage reports for unmonitored chargers are on the upswing, too. Even experienced EV drivers such as Tesla owners seem to be getting careless about potential damage. Just yesterday, out of the six chargers at a nearby hotel, two had the cords/connectors dropped on the ground and were either damaged in the drop or run over.
 

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"Open chargers" is my concern, coupled with charger reliability. Lots of reviews on plugshare.com about down chargers or high-capacity chargers limited to slow rates. That's a serious problem for where we plan to drive an EV given how sparse the charger network is here.

One review I read for a location we were familiar with said they were stranded because all the chargers were down, of four, and they had to spend the night at the hotel across the street plugged into their 110V to complete enough of their trip to get to the next charger.

Damage reports for unmonitored chargers are on the upswing, too. Even experienced EV drivers such as Tesla owners seem to be getting careless about potential damage. Just yesterday, out of the six chargers at a nearby hotel, two had the cords/connectors dropped on the ground and were either damaged in the drop or run over.
Thats a good one, hadn't thought about the chargers being down. Tesla somehow escapes this for the most part as I've only found a few Superchargers not functioning. But EVGo, Electrify America, etc. i find alot.

Part of the broken and run over chargers is because of the design Tesla chose. The clip to hold them is very small and sometimes is hard to get it to click onto. If someone is in a hurry, I could see them falling. They should design it a little differently with the plug going down into something.
 

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