'05 Passat powered by Biodiesel
It used to be you could find semi-public water faucets all over the place. These days water costs enough that most places lock them down for their own use. In filling stations it is hard to even find "free air" or radiator water anymore. You have to feed the machine quarters. The day of the ubiquitous $.10 semi-public payphone is gone too... If you find a telephone "in the wild" it tends to offer "highway robbery" prices for those unlucky enough to have to use one.
Perhaps the days of the semi-public power plug are numbered as well. Electricity prices have gone up enough that it may be a stretch to think that KOAs, shopping centers, airports and such would be willing to give away the power to any EV that decides to park there. Even more true as pack capacity goes up. A Tesla using 60kWh of someone else's power could cost them $20 a visit... Those EV charger spots probably aren't getting E9 EV recharging TOU rates. People would likely be using them during the day not at night.
So, perhaps a new standard will come into play that expects a credit card or some other form of payment before it provides you with metered power.
Some companies (like Coulomb Technologies) are getting into this as a market.
I agree there is "no free lunch" anymore. Like high gas prices has been good for Evs so will high electricity prices will be good for solar and wind...
The world loves to be deceived.
The Smart EV and I think NICEs use CEE Form, which is a well known standard.
Are ACP and Tesla the same?
Last edited by TEG; 10-22-2008 at 08:03 AM.
Note - the different circular conductive charge connectors have some sort of "guide pin(s)" to line up the plug with the socket. If you are visually comparing them it can be useful to see which sort of guide the different ones are using to note if any two even have a chance of mating up.
Hmm... This one looks slightly different
Last edited by TEG; 10-23-2008 at 10:36 PM.
I can see the grooves in the top picture for the "quarter turn" that you are supposed to give the charger after you connect, but not the bottom. Was the red car an earlier model?
That insulating plastic guide also looks a bit more robust. I believe the red car is likely to be EP2. It's connector is identical to the ACP one.
That connector cover on the eBox doesn't look at all kludgey.
Last edited by doug; 10-24-2008 at 09:48 AM. Reason: smiley
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