I know I’m the resident cynic in the parking business, but can anyone tell me why we are getting in line to install charging stations for electric vehicles (which now represent around 2% of our potential customers,) and then giving away the power?
Over at the IPMI blog someone asked an innocent question about charging for electricity and in less than 24 hours received eight responses, seven of which said they did not charge.
I realize I will be castigated by the EV charger suppliers for simply asking the question so let me go on record, for the umpteenth time, with the following statement:
I think EVs are terrific. Tesla may be one of the finest cars ever made (As long as you turn off the autopilot – Dale Denda call your office). I think that if you want to purchase an EV, more power to you (pun intended). I believe that hybrid cars are the way to go, but that’s just my preference. Like it or not, range anxiety and the difficulty of finding a charging station can be a problem. But if you are happy to live with those issues, so be it.
I might also say that I fully support charger manufacturers who are supplying the technology to keep EVs running. Installing them in your garage is a good idea. Do the numbers and make it happen.
It seems to me, however, that giving away the electricity is a non starter. If we are going to electrify the auto fleet in the US in 15 years, the money has to come from somewhere. It is not unreasonable that those owning the cars should pay for the juice that makes them go.
Our cover picture this month on PT is of an EV owner using a credit card to purchase electricity for her vehicle. That’s the way it should be.
I would love your thoughts on this issue.