You know that I believe that totally electric cars (Leaf) don’t really make any sense when hybrids abound and solve all the distance and charging issues. However, that having been said, there is infrastructure activity going nuts out there, and I’m sure we will see a dozen companies at the IPI show with charging stations lot owners can installed.
How do we solve this problem: A person drives in and parks their car at a charging station, plugs it in, and leaves for eight hours? That means that the station works for only one car a day. Even though the car can be charged in a couple of hours. How do you deal with that issue?
I have heard a number of ideas including charging a penalty (perhaps a big one) if the person doesn’t come back and move their car, and having e-car jockeys there to move cars in and out of the charging stations. Of course that will increase substantially the cost of the electricity. This solution may involve a lot of liability, much the same as a valet company has when taking the keys of a vehicle.
This came to mind today when I noted a request from my buddy Rick asking about features needed or not needed on charging stations. He is in the market. He is also going to install them at an airport.
The problem there increases considerably. It’s not a case of someone leaving the car for a few hours; the car would be left for a few days. Now he is considering these for their valet operation and that would be perfect. For an extra charge, your car could be “topped up” by the valets before your return. Perfect. But the idea of having them available in self-park lots seems a stretch.
Any of you suppliers out there have an answer to this issue, except of course, buying a charger for every slot in your parking facility.