Public And Workplace Charging Growing Rapidly. 90% Of The Time Its Free

SEP 2 2012 BY STAFF 6

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A study of 1,419 California plug-in vehicle owners has unearthed some interesting facts about those drivers access to the public infrastructure charging network.  In total, 71% of survey participants reported they did have access to at least a workplace or a public charger.

71% Of Respondent Have Access To Public Or Workplace Charging

The breakdown of available access was as follows:

  • 39% had access to only public charging
  • 12% had access to only workplace charging
  • 20% had access to both public and workplace charging
  • 29% had no access at all

Of note, the study only took inventory for the availability of L2 charging equipment only and did not account for the availability of standard 110v outlets that are sometimes used for charging electric vehicles.  A 110v standard outlet can still be more than useful charging an EV, provided you are parked for an extended periof of time, such as at work.

By This Time Next Year The "Not Free" Portion Of Public Chargers Will Be Much Higher

Additionally, the survey noted that 89% of all workplace charging was a free service.  More surprising was that free public L2 charging was reported even higher at 90%

Even though this study only recently wrapped up, that 90% access to free public charging is sure to be on the down swing already.

The largest previously ‘”free” public network of chargers, provided by Blink, has now gone to a fee/pay-per-hour system.  New charging fees range from $1 to $2 per hour. (details here)

Still, having a PEV charging infrastructure widespread enough to already service 70% of plug-in vehicle drivers is fairly impressive.

Also of interest, 91% of all respondents said they also had a L2 charging unit at home.


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6 Comments on "Public And Workplace Charging Growing Rapidly. 90% Of The Time Its Free"

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Although, it is well known that when “public free access” is no longer free, EV owners stop using it.

I predict workplace charging will eventually dominate these polls, while public charging will stagnate.

It is an anxious guessing game and will be for years to come. I tend to agree with Stuart that at least L2 AND L1 charging will dominate the workplace while L3 will increase its demand in public. More L2 will make it with 1-2 hour parking when the understanding improves. With EREVs like the Volt running without public charging, it will complicate things more for at least the next 5-10 years. And this is not a bad thing, for it gives this new industry the needed time to grow and to grow properly. Right now I hope the EV sales will close the year with at least 35,000 (minimum), which is double 2011, and hopefully 15,000 more. A large fleet order about now would certainly help things. That should certainly aide the next few years of producing 100,000+ to help keep the factories production running.

I just used my first public charging station (for free) this weekend. I liked being able to drive somewhere, get preferred parking, and then leave a few hours later and make the entire drive on electricity only instead of switching to gas after 35-40 miles.

I’ve been pushing for work chargers for a while now, but since we don’t own the parking garage we park in, its difficult to get it going.

Workplace 120V charging will be the #1 thing that drives EV sales.

Walking in from the parking garage today (I’m the only plug-in in a 2000+ car campus building in Delaware of a big bank) – I thought people must be thinking “why should I buy a plug in? I can’t plug in at work…” There are 38 car-pool spots, though

Workplaces hear about 10-20 thousand dollar L2 commercial charging stations. We Don’t Need That! We need nice, 120V plugs in an area not near the building to plug in. That’s simple, that’s cheap.

EV Community columnists like you guys and others should be doing headline stories about this topic.