% of public ev chargers free?

Discussion in 'General' started by EVranger, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. EVranger

    EVranger New Member

    Anyone have data/link showing what % of public EVSE's are free vs. cost? Having trouble finding it. Thanks.
     
  2. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    I couldn't easily find a figure for this, and it's one that's pretty dynamic. Perhaps you could get some rough estimate from the Plugshare website by using different filters and noting the differences.
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2017
  3. EVranger

    EVranger New Member

    Good idea:

    Filters set for free Non-Tesla EV (Level 2) charging locations (not # plugs), restricted locations excluded...

    Indianapolis: 50 free / 137 total with "payment req. location" selected = 36%
    Chicago: 82 / 186 = 44%
    Detroit: 129 / 170 = 76%
    Boston: 93 / 172 = 54%
    Atlanta: 84 / 228 = 37%
    Portland: 76 / 249 = 31%
    San Diego: 45 / 169 = 27%
    Houston: 77 / 157 = 49%
    TOTAL: 636 / 1468 = 43%

    (Plugshare in browser has trouble counting >250 locations as I used it, so I had to zoom in on some cities).
     
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  4. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    So, just looking at the cities you've selected, it appears as though places with more EVs tend to have a lower percentage of free charging points. Interesting. I wonder what else we can take away from this?
     
  5. JyChevyVolt

    JyChevyVolt Active Member

    The cost to maintain chargers makes free a bad ideal. In California, we have very little free public chargers.

    Free charging should only take place at work where you can place restrictions and limit access.
     
  6. EVranger

    EVranger New Member

    I don't know that much inference can be made from the data.

    I installed a station (two L2 plugs) for a combination of public/employee/fleet usage. In rural Midwest so I'm expecting a minute public demand. The cost of adding metering options probably would have exceeded the fees received, not to mentioned hindering use. I view a large part of its utility the education. I found a used PHEV for the explicit purpose of plugging in visibly at work.

    That's where we're at ... for now.
     
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  7. Feed The Trees

    Feed The Trees Active Member

    There's a slight issue (potential I should say) with free work charging. In theory that is a benefit. The IRS has had limits on the value of this parking before it tips from a convenience and into income. I don't know where it stands currently but free parking + free charging could become a taxati event.
     
  8. JyChevyVolt

    JyChevyVolt Active Member

    IRS has not made any decision on whether workplace charging falls under the fringe benefits. It's a non issue, for now.
     

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