GaslessInSeattle wrote:I'm gradually getting a sinking feeling that L2 is a waste of time other than at home and work and that L3 is going to turn out to have almost no negative effect on the battery... can't help but feel that the focus here needs to be on getting L3 in place first, then filling in with L2 on an as need basis!
Lots of people have come to that conclusion, but there are locations such as malls and movie theaters that could give you a reasonable charge with L2.
yes, I agree, but what we are seeing is tax payer dollars being spent putting L2 all over the place here without, IMHO, a real sense of what is needed and it appears that there is now a bit of a rush to get more in before the funding dries up... I just hate to think it's going to become just one more political punching bag if the placement isn't done carefully and the majority of charging stations go unused.
I was going out of my way to use L2 because I want to show support for EV's, but the reality is that I almost never end up getting enough of a charge by the time I'm done shopping to make much of a difference. I'm actually starting to think I should stop using L2 out in the wild so as not to give an artificially inflated sense of their value to the researchers. When I have to pay for L2 it's exorbitant compared to what the electricity actually costs. Maybe when we have faster chargers in our cars this will all make more sense but for now, their is an undeniable brilliance in DC fast charging that is so much more convenient and wowing to the user that I feel like we need to shift course and get fully behind expanding L3 as much as possible. In fact, having a bunch of L2 charging around that isn't getting used may very well threaten future funding for even L3 as policy makers may mistake the lack of use of L2 as an example of the underwhelming need for more infrastructure overall... that worries me.
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