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Regional Fast Charging is
Already In Place
and T Shirts
Fast Charging is Changing Quickly
All electric vehicles with an 80 mile range (AEV 80s)* like a LEAF already have all the fast chargers needed to drive anywhere within most urban regional areas of California. A good example is the Southern California region. Between the DC fast chargers and the Tesla Super chargers, the all electric vehicles (AEVs) can drive from Solvang and Santa Barbara to San Diego as well as driving out to Riverside and San Bernardino.
There are similar charging regions already in place in the San Francisco Bay Area and around Sacramento. Other States are in similar situations particularly along both coasts.
One caveat being that this statement applies to AEV 80s that use the Chademo fast chargers. The statement also applies to Tesla Model S drivers who can actually drive pretty much everywhere in California. The Tesla’s need the full capacity battery pack and the fast charging package to do it easily but even ones without that do very well indeed.
If you don’t believe this is true then you are behind the times. The times are changing and changing quickly. The evidence is available by going to www.plugshare.com. Just use the Legend bar to turn off everything but the “High Power Stations” and you will get the picture quickly.
This has happened in large part because the manufacturers and their dealers have stepped up and made it happen. The Tesla Super charger network is awesome and the fuel is free. The Nissan dealers have installed quick chargers in dozens of places that really make this system work. They have come on line in large numbers in the last few months. Many of these seem to be free to use as well.
The only substantial need remaining is chargers that use the standard for EVs made by the big three American automakers and the European brands. They all use the SAE Combination J1772 plug for fast charging. Those DC Fast Chargers are just now becoming available and will start to show up soon.
Installing New Fast Chargers
Anyone interested in adding DC fast chargers to your local area will need to take a close look at why they want to do that in these areas. The chargers are expensive to install and provide the highest electrical fuel cost of any charging option. According to one executive responsible for building a charging network, a fast charge station needs to be used at least five times a day to pay for just the operating costs in many situations.
According to reports from the EV Project, the use of these chargers has dropped by 40 to 50 percent in the last six months. This is a result of the chargers now having substantial fees. The ones in that project went from free charging to fee based charging starting in July 2013. The typical installation is now being used about twice a day.
Tesla and the Nissan network are paying for their chargers with increased vehicle and equipment sales. Other charging networks are going to have a tough time competing with that. The dealers are also doing this because they know a secret that non EV drivers just do not get. The chargers will hardly ever be used because EV drivers do not need these chargers under normal circumstances. EV drivers charge at home over 80 % of the time. That number gets closer to 90% as the battery range moves past 150 miles and when charging stops being free.
For the latest data on EV charging station usage please go to the new location for the EV Project Reports.
Links to help others find this information
If you think that All Electric Vehicle (AEVs)* still are lacking the charging stations it takes to be effective,
Regional Charging is What Drivers Need Most
The regional fast charging areas are set up to allow AEV 80s to drive up to their full range plus another 60 miles after a half hour stop. That means going up to 140 miles in one direction relatively easily. The newer 240 volt 6.6 kW charging systems will then allow the battery pack to charge fully in 4 to 6 hours. That allows for a trip home of up to 140 miles with one more fast charge.
News flash – you, and the millions of people in these areas, hardly ever drive more than that! The EVs are working in a big way right now.
- The all electric vehicle (AEV) abbreviation is used in place of battery electric vehicle (BEV) based on Assistant Energy Secretary David Sandalow’s recommendation to reduce confusion. All NEVs, PHEVs, HEVs E-Motorcycles and E-Bikes are battery electric vehicles.
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