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Volt as a barometer for public charging

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Having followed a number of threads on public charging with the Volt (and other PHEV) I have developed the notion that we have a fantastic example of the law of "unintended consequences".

What I've observed is that with PHEV, owners would like to charge up, and have an ethics driven incentive to do so, however we aren't required to do so which leaves us able to look at various public charging options and either accept or decline to deal with their business model and the mechanics of their systems.

That ability to choose, along with other factors has created a pretty rough and thin coverage network in a lot of areas but I put forth the theory that this is actually a good thing in the long run because the suppliers are discovering very early and very fast what works, what doesn't, and what the consumers (us) will tolerate.
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I've actually witnessed this ethical imperative with drivers other than Volt owners. The charging at my work makes sense for me in my Volt because $3 gets me a full charge, or 50 miles of range. However, I also see people driving vehicles that only get 10 to 20 miles of range actively paying the $3 to recharge.

Obviously, this isn't a financial motivation. So it is either an ethical imperative or a bragging rights thing. Either way, the air quality improves as a result.
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