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I had a meeting today from 10-12 and 10 miles of battery life left. So I charged into the Chargepoint which charges $2 per hour for the first 4 hours and $8 per hour after that. plugged in at 9:17am. Charging was complete at a little after noon. But then an aftermeeting broke out with the director of the organization and we chatted unto 2pm. So my I was charged $8 for 0 kWh. I'm tempted to go to the University Parkign Departmetn and try to get their $8 per hour parking rule changed as I have never seen a line at the charging stations. In fact, I may be the only one paying for a charge as I've never seen another car charging in 4 Chargepoint EVSE that I frequently visit.
 

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It's an incentive for you to get outta the space... looks like it might work next time you visit.

Don't fight it, because in the future YOU may be the one wishing that rule was there!!
 

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It's an incentive for you to get outta the space... looks like it might work next time you visit.

Don't fight it, because in the future YOU may be the one wishing that rule was there!!
I knew about the rule, but wasn't about to excuse myself from a meeting to save $8. But i also had to hold it for 4 hours and skipped lunch as a result. Good thing these types of meetings are infrequent (my second one ever).
 

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I knew about the rule, but wasn't about to excuse myself from a meeting to save $8. But i also had to hold it for 4 hours and skipped lunch as a result. Good thing these types of meetings are infrequent (my second one ever).
You must be attending an important meeting if there was no bathroom break [to go unplug/move your car] or lunch. I hope the host provided some coffee and refreshment. If you were at a meeting at a university, only professor-types would loose track of time and continue talking. Bean-counters would monitor time very closely and would surprise me if they didn't stop for lunch. Fortunately, you didn't get a ticket.
 

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You must be attending an important meeting if there was no bathroom break [to go unplug/move your car] or lunch. I hope the host provided some coffee and refreshment. If you were at a meeting at a university, only professor-types would loose track of time and continue talking. Bean-counters would monitor time very closely and would surprise me if they didn't stop for lunch. Fortunately, you didn't get a ticket.
Nope, I had my own ginger ale can in hand, the other two guys from my company who travelled to be here had nothing and just suffered through it. Great productive meeting though. I was able to wolf down a couple chips ahoy cookies I had stashed at my temporary desk (I have a permanent office in another building) so I wasn't completely starving. But the meeting ran right up against the time I needed to get my daughter to her dentist appointment. So. Quick stop at Mcd's and wolfing down a pair of double cheeseburgers at 3pm is not my idea of lunch.
 

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Here's another way to view this, just think what would have happened and how much it would have cost had you parked your car at a gas station filling pump and left it for a few hours.

But I do sympathize with your plight.
 

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Here's another way to view this, just think what would have happened and how much it would have cost had you parked your car at a gas station filling pump and left it for a few hours.

But I do sympathize with your plight.
If the pump was still pumping, that's sure to be an EPA violation and hefty fine. One errant cigarette butt, and I'd be shopping for a replacement car. I don't want my volt the become a charred chunk of molten metal, but I need a good excuse to go car shopping again as I perpetually have the itch.

Because of this tiered rate, I find myself only parking and charging if it's nice weather in my main building because the Chargepoint is a long walk from where I'd normally park. So when it's not, or really cold, it's easier to just park in the closest spot. When I'm visiting another building, it has a nice parking deck nearby, so I have the added benefit of shade, especially since we've been hitting 100 degrees the past few days. In addition to the dual Chargepoint EVSE at $2 per hour, there is one spot in the permit parking area where you can plug in an L1 which is always occupied, and another L1 outlet on a meter which costs $1 per hour.
 

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I'm tempted to go to the University Parkign Departmetn ,,,.
Shame on that University! The University of Washington in Seattle provides free multiple-station Level 2 charging at ten different locations around the campus.
 

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With regular gas at $2.399 / gallon, here at Costco, I would never plug in our 2017 Volt to charge at $2.00 / hour. When with 2 gallons of gas at $4.80 I can go, just on gasoline nearly 100 miles. Unless your paying European prices for gasoline the plug @ $2/ hour does not pencil out using my math, with gasoline prices as low at they are right now. Now at home when I plug in level 2, its only $1.80 for a full charge, with current rates, delivered with all taxes and all fees, depending on how much we use the rate is: $.113-.117 per KWH.
 
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