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Couldn’t be free forever I guess....

We pay for some chargers down here - although some are still free.
 

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At least it's not being done for profit. However, if you're already having to pay to use the parking bay itself (which seems to be the case in Glasgow), it is a further cost that's probably already quite annoying to non-driveway owners.
 

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I honestly think 15minutes for the 3/7kw units but for rapid units 5minutes is more than enough. They should also disconnect when the battery reachs 95% or drops below 8kw as well :(
Paying for charging & Parking seems stupid though so i hope that parking fees are waived while charging.
 

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Based on the published figures, (£215000 total cost for 657MWh including staff and maintenance costs) it actually cost them about 32.7pence per kWh. If you only take their quoted electricity costs into account (£93000) then they paid about 14.2pence per kWh so adding ~2p or ~6p for providing the service seem very reasonable.
 

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EV drivers are of course entitled to freebies thats their God given right.
I think having to park somewhere you didn't really want to park, in order to get a charge, is a different case though. You're already paying a higher kWh price than people with driveways.

When I'm out and about on my travels, I often park somewhere to do some shopping / eating/ touristing or whatever, and charge. If I was going to do that anyway, then I'm perfectly happy to pay for parking just like anyone else. But if I have to stop somewhere specifically to charge, and twiddle my thumbs or go out of my way to do it, then I would be a but miffed having to pay to park somewhere I didn't want to go in the first place!
 
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If EV's were parking fee exempt, you can be sure some tight ass will park his non EV in a bay to save on the parking fee.
 

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You wouldn't expect councils to pay for your Petrol or Diesel and still at a reasonable price 0.20p/KW for a rapid charge
 

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If EV's were parking fee exempt, you can be sure some tight ass will park his non EV in a bay to save on the parking fee.
The 50 Kw Genie-point at St Erth station suffers from that very thing in the height of the tourist season.
 

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You wouldn't expect councils to pay for your Petrol or Diesel and still at a reasonable price 0.20p/KW for a rapid charge
No, you wouldn't but I guess it was necessary to kick start EVs. Also, certainly in my region, Council EVs, and there is a lot of them, were very heavy users of the free ChargePoints, often being worst at leaving them on rapids/fast chargers all weekend.

Now that the ChargePoints are no longer free many public chargers have been removed and replaced with Council only chargers and I suppose we are paying for their fuel bill.

So basically when my region published how much they spent on electricity to justify introducing charging, I bet at least half if not more was for their own vehicles.
 
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