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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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Personally as a Volt owner I don't seek out ANY charging opportunities away from home. The few times I have tried never worked out. Hotel's granting permission to plug into a 110V outdoor outlet have only led to disappointment.

And I'm not about to pay for Level II charging just to spend 4 hours waiting. While I'm operating my 2017 Volt at 99.6% off the grid since my purchase, that's because of my lifestyle and driving habits. But if/when I do wander further from home in our Volt the ICE will take us where we want to go once the battery is exhausted.

But this is me.
And me. In almost five years I've plugged in away from home exactly three times, and two of those were because it was the only parking spot that was empty. It's the Leaf drivers who are worried about getting stranded, not me.
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