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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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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
Given the figured shared, it looks like the programme cost the council £0.47/kWh over the last year, of which, £0.14/kWh for the actual electricity. But excludes any capital or installation costs.

Then they’re proposing to charge £0.16/kWh or £0.20/kWh for a charge. A tiny margin over the electric direct costs, but far short of covering the council staff supporting the chargers. So in many ways the council is still paying to charge the cars.
 

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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.
Much the same as taxpayers of course paying their Diesel/Petrol bills for council vehicles.
 

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It may also be counter productive....

Near where I live, there is a Pod Point that WAS completely free. As you can imagine, very popular with a lot of electric cars - in March it changed and it’s now 30p per kWh - in the last 2 months I haven’t seen one single car use it......

Be interesting to see what happens to useage now they charge for it.
 

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It may also be counter productive....

Near where I live, there is a Pod Point that WAS completely free. As you can imagine, very popular with a lot of electric cars - in March it changed and it’s now 30p per kWh - in the last 2 months I haven’t seen one single car use it......

Be interesting to see what happens to useage now they charge for it.
This also means more charger availability for someone needing a charge, and the overstay penalty is also a big help in this respect.
E.g. There was already a Leaf on the one charger in Lochgilphead last saturday at 10am. The app showed charging had started at 9.05 so I knew he had to be back before 11am to avoid the penalty: I waited and he arrived back at 10:40. Otherwise he may have been away for hours so what was I supposed to do as I had a 250mile journey ahead?

The ideal scenario would be 2hours free charging and an overstay penalty, the worst is free and no penalty and the inevitable will be charge + penalty.
 
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