ericy· Premium Member
VW ID.4 1st (picked up 3/19/21).
I get that some people are in a position such that they can't install a L2 at home. But unlimited free charging (or 30 minute free charging) for 3 years is very generous, and I know of people who could install an L2 who choose not to, or will install one once the free charging deal is over.I have to disagree with you guys that free charging is bad. To me, it's a great incentive that can take some worry off the shoulders of non EV enthusiasts who just want a car, but are not sure how they will charge it. Some do not have access to level 2 charging, a person in a condo or apartment complex may not be allowed to install a L2 unit, and free charging can still get them into a car. I think a positive thing that can come from this is that these Charge companies will see the complaints of not having enough chargers nearby, thus making it more viable to create new charging areas, some a lot closer to neighborhoods and homes. At least, I hope that's how it plays out.
But what's actually happening is that people are more and more reluctant to take long road trips because of congestion at DCFC. And yes, broken chargers do make the situation worse, but as things stand there is now this unpredictability which is now a disincentive for people to purchase the car.