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I stopped by an Electrify America site in California. They are making quick progress at the site, and it served as a reminder that they aren't contracting with just one hardware provider.

 

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Excellent news.

I just looked up their charging schedule. They charge per minute. Why can't EV chargers charge by the KW just like your home electric hookup and in a similar vein to gas stations? I do understand charging an idle fee for people who get out and leave for hours at a time, but while charging or at a "gas/charging" service style station charging by the minute is just stupid.
 

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Excellent news.

I just looked up their charging schedule. They charge per minute. Why can't EV chargers charge by the KW just like your home electric hookup and in a similar vein to gas stations? I do understand charging an idle fee for people who get out and leave for hours at a time, but while charging or at a "gas/charging" service style station charging by the minute is just stupid.
Two parts:

1) Because of utility laws in many states. Likely introduced to stop property management having predatory submetering, but now getting in the way of appropriate pricing of electric vehicle charging.

2) Because chargers are slow and have capacity limits. If you're using it, nobody else can use it. So, time is money.
 

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Yes, time isn't really a factor with gas station pumps, though sometimes, it seems like it should be. Half the time, if someone is parked at a gas pump for 30 minutes, it's because they can't find the Jujubes on Aisle 3.
 

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I stopped by an Electrify America site in California. They are making quick progress at the site, and it served as a reminder that they aren't contracting with just one hardware provider.
Question: Are these Electrify America stations DC-fast charging only, or do they provide a normal J1772 plug for us non-DCFC EV drivers?
 

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Question: Are these Electrify America stations DC-fast charging only, or do they provide a normal J1772 plug for us non-DCFC EV drivers?
It depends on the site, but I believe most of Electrify America's highway corridors will be DCFC only. I haven't seen any exceptions so far.
 

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I think J1772 are too slow for any practical EV filling and are more suited for longer term filling like you would find in malls, airports, overnight stays (motels etc). That's were the ones are around here (and they are all free).
 
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