For 10-plus years, electric vehicle owners enjoyed a perk at LAX airport: free parking.

But starting on March 1,2013, electric vehicle owners will be treated no differently than others as free parking will come to an end.

Unlike Monopoly, there's soon to be no free parking at LAX.

Unlike Monopoly, there's soon to be no free parking at LAX.

The city of Los Angeles cites financial hardship as the reason for which it will make the change and points out that if all the free parking spaces at LAX were occupied, the airport could lose a staggering $120,000 per day or up to $44 million annually.

LAX is announcing the change in two ways: by leaving notices on vehicles parked in the now-fee-free spaces and by posting on its website.

The story behind the story here is that plug-in vehicles have become commonplace in Los Angeles.  And what was once a perk for a few individuals is now openly used by thousands per year.  LAX can no longer sustain fee-free parking at today's volume of plug-in vehicles in the Los Angeles area.

Will disappearing incentives and perks become the norm as adoption of plug-in vehicles grows?  We think so.