No reservation at the moment. Planning on getting a Tesla in a few years.
Depends where....Most Tesla stores are located in malls or areas that have a high density of stores, so its very likely that you could be getting a 70amp charge...even 30 mins would allow you to capture a significant amount of miles. I usually only go to malls/stores that allow me to charge, if that was taken away I would just shop online or somewhere else.
There was a controversy here recently when a condo board unplugged a Volt owner. A knee-jerk reaction might be to pass a regulation requiring EV charging at condos. While there might be a case in the short term, there are plenty of ways that could go wrong. Just look at the controversy in California over plug sharing.
Ultimately competition will provide plenty of incentive. Condo boards will eventually discover that people don't want to live there because they can't plug in their EVs. Their property values will drop as a result, and the residents will be clamoring to fix the problem. I have no idea how long that will take, though.
The situation would be different if I was building a condo. At the very least I'd make sure the entire parking area was at prewired.
How about a three tiered charge rate plus a no charge rate?
At a public parking station an EV plugs in (required). The first part of the charge is the cheapest. As the battery fills the electronic tender in the car slows the electric flow the pricing goes up twice. The max no charge rate is when the charging stops.
Of course a car that is just topping off would be paying the near max rate.
The car sends a signal to the owner who can make the call weather they want to to continue each rate change to the end where they would incur the max rate charge.
The world loves to be deceived.
The only way it will ever be settled is if we are willing to share.
We have to share. And we should not demand anything for free. Some businesses will give free charging to bring in customers. That will be their choice as a business decision. But it's not our "right." It's just a business strategy, like the free parking at malls. "Move your car when charging is complete" is the only thing we have a right to demand, and there should be mechanisms, either legal or financial, to enforce it.
The only problem I have with these types of "Your car is now fully charged, unplug and move it" solutions is that they might not be practical. A local mall has a public charging station (somewhere, I still have not found it), so if someone plugs in while they shop, the car is likely to reach full charge while they are all the way across the mall and nowhere near being able to run back to the car and unplug (it's a big, sprawling mall). Plus the inconvenience of having to do so and find yet another parking spot. What if they are in a movie at the theatre there? You're not always going to be able to go right out and unplug when the charge is done.
One thing I think we all agree on, is that it's a complicated issue, still looking for an elegant solution.
Edit: Details of the law say that you just have to be plugged in and not actually charging.
Last edited by Lloyd; 04-05-2012 at 09:12 AM. Reason: added
My sharing is limited to other "no option" full EVs only.
The world loves to be deceived.
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