EV Charging Challenges...

Discussion in 'Motorized Vehicles' started by hmscott, May 10, 2019.

  1. hmscott

    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    First I heard of this years ago was when I saw a large 4x4 blocking several EV charging spaces, thought the guy was simply unloading - ya, innocently optimistic - and he laughed and said he's stopping the EV's from charging. What can you say to that? Complained at the building front desk, didn't see the truck soon after that, or again. :)

    Not the actual event, but similar cross space parking...
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    Colorado has passed a law protecting EV charging spaces...not everyone is happy about it...

    HB19-1298 - Electric Motor Vehicle Charging Station Parking
    Concerning the use of electric motor vehicle charging stations for parking a motor vehicle.
    https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1298

    New Colorado Law Aims to Ticket Drivers Illegally Parked in Electric Car Spots
    Park your car in front of a fast charger without using it and you may find a ticket for $150 on your windshield.
    BY JAMES GILBOY, APRIL 25, 2019
    https://www.thedrive.com/news/27621...rivers-illegally-parked-in-electric-car-spots

    The shady business of Auto Dealer Associations
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  2. cucubits

    cucubits Notebook Evangelist

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    This is just sad. Only in america they go above and beyond to stand against progress :(

    On a happier note, I've had a chance today for the first time ever to drive a Model S (P100). I have to say it was love at first pedal press.
    I can honestly say now that I fully understand those who say they aren't bothered by the panel gaps, longer service times, minor annoyances. It's an amazing machine, it sounds awesome, autopilot is great. Only choice now is S or 3.
     
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    What about the X or Y? :)
     
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    X is too big and I don't want to wait for the Y
     
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    I have had a Volt for a couple years now. Can't go back to a gas car, but can't commit to a full electric yet.

    The inability of road trips and constant energy anxiety with full EV are too big of factors for me. I also don't think Tesla vehicles, even the model 3, are justified in their price points. They are luxury vehicles first; they are virtually marketed and sold exclusively to virtue signalling wanna be environmentalists.

    I haven't seen too much of people purposely messing with EV spots though, but I have noticed a sad lack of progress. 3-4 years ago they were popping up everywhere. I haven't seen a new one in a long time.

    At my job, we have a ton of fleet vehicles of different makes or models. We are also in a high tourist area. The parking spots closest to our building are EV spots... They are constantly taken by our non-ev vehicles. It sucks. I'm also not allowed to charge at work, either by plugging in to the building or by an actual EV spot (for the public!). Kinda stupid.

    There absolutely should be legislation to ensure EV spots are only occupied by EV users. I doubt it would get much enforcement, but the deterrent is enough. In addition, if the charge light shows full on the vehicle and the battery is charged, it should show an indicator on the charger itself. After 30 minutes, it should have a light or something that shows it has been fully charged and sitting for more than 30 minutes. Then the owner has to move it so someone else can charge.
     
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    Convel Notebook Deity

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    What do you think of the Porsche Taycan about to be unveiled in September? I think it, and the e-Tron GT later, will be the closest competitor to the Model S. However, the P100D Ludicrous Plus will probably still smoke the pricier Taycan Turbo in a straight line, but not on the track... I'm excited to see the rumoured second generation Model S.
     
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    While I absolutely love the 'usual' 911 look, I just don't like the Taycan at all. Not the front/back/sides, any of it.
    On the other hand, yes, the e-tron GT would be an absolute dream car of mine but neither of these will come close to my budget at this point. Also, I do have to decide on something pretty soon, I'm still driving my wife's car as I already returned my last lease a couple months ago. So to be more precise, I'll be looking for a 2016-2017 Model S or a new 3, can't go much above 50k.
     
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