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What is your primary source for charging

  • Home Level 1

    Votes: 5 4.7%
  • Home Level 2

    Votes: 78 73.6%
  • Combo of Work and Home charging (level 1 or 2)

    Votes: 8 7.5%
  • Electify America DCFC

    Votes: 13 12.3%
  • Other charging networks

    Votes: 2 1.9%
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I'm mainly curious how many people have access to home or work charging vs. charging at EA or other networks.
 

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We have an EA station pretty close to our house so I try to use that whenever I need to do a big charge since it's faster and costs me $0. But we do trickle charge at home using the level 1 charger around once a week if we need to top up for some reason or if I'm just too lazy or busy at home (taking care of my preschooler) to go to the EA. No other access to convenient charging and we haven't added a level 2 charger at home yet since we still have nearly three years of free charging available.
 

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99% EA; maybe the 1% at home when I really need it on my level 2
 

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100% EA, 4 pedestals 3 miles away, 10 pedestals 7 miles away, 6 pedestals 10 miles away, 4 pedestals 12 miles, 4 pedestals 15 miles.
My location in central MD is EA country😉.
 

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99.5% L2 at home for the ID.4.
99.5% L1 at work for the i3.

If I swapped cars every other day I could keep them both charged at work on L1, and save a buck or two on my utility bill.
 

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A combo of my level 2 and wherever I can mooch free juice. Level 2’s at the mall and casinos or the EA station if I happen to be passing by.
 

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We have an EA station pretty close to our house so I try to use that whenever I need to do a big charge since it's faster and costs me $0. But we do trickle charge at home using the level 1 charger around once a week if we need to top up for some reason or if I'm just too lazy or busy at home (taking care of my preschooler) to go to the EA. No other access to convenient charging and we haven't added a level 2 charger at home yet since we still have nearly three years of free charging available.
Currently there’s a tax credit for adding a home level 2. Might. Want to check with the power company since some of them have incentives.
 

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100% EA, 4 pedestals 3 miles away, 10 pedestals 7 miles away, 6 pedestals 10 miles away, 4 pedestals 12 miles, 4 pedestals 15 miles.
I hope you're leasing your car . . . . or if you bought it, you're planning to trade it in at the end of the 3 years of free charging. You're gonna see long before the rest of us how bad constant fast charging is on the battery and how quickly your range is decreasing

Which leads me to wonder - When these cars are 2 or 3 years old and are beginning to come off leases or are hitting the used market, will there be an easy way for prospective buyers to single out the cars which have been repeatedly fast charged? You sure wouldn't want to get stuck with one of those unless you got one really, really cheaply. Maybe by then there will be simple, easy definitive battery tests to let you know the status of the used car you're looking at? Here's hoping!

Used EV resale values have always suffered because prospective buyers are worried about possibly getting stuck with the cost of replacing the battery - Or, maybe they're afraid of buying a 250 mile advertised car which will only go 175 or 200 miles when it's only 3 years old. With VW's 3 years of free DCFC, these models may be the least desired used EV's on the market by 2024
 

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San Antonio has a Walmart with six EA chargers on other side of town, about 45 miles round trip. Both IH-35 and IH-10 have EA stations at least 100 miles apart so that part of travel is easy. Get off into almost any other part Texas and fast charging isn’t even an afterthought. My Wallbox Pulsar Plus Level 2 EVSE keeps the ID-4 buzzing 95% of the time.
 

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I hope you're leasing your car . . . . or if you bought it, you're planning to trade it in at the end of the 3 years of free charging. You're gonna see long before the rest of us how bad constant fast charging is on the battery and how quickly your range is decreasing

Which leads me to wonder - When these cars are 2 or 3 years old and are beginning to come off leases or are hitting the used market, will there be an easy way for prospective buyers to single out the cars which have been repeatedly fast charged? You sure wouldn't want to get stuck with one of those unless you got one really, really cheaply. Maybe by then there will be simple, easy definitive battery tests to let you know the status of the used car you're looking at? Here's hoping!

Used EV resale values have always suffered because prospective buyers are worried about possibly getting stuck with the cost of replacing the battery - Or, maybe they're afraid of buying a 250 mile advertised car which will only go 175 or 200 miles when it's only 3 years old. With VW's 3 years of free DCFC, these models may be the least desired used EV's on the market by 2024
Longest trip I've made is 400 miles. In my opinion, EVs are commuter cars not family long distance vehicles. Opinions are like @$$#o|3$, everyone has one, even me. And since I'm retired I'm not commuting. What me worry. Free is free.
My last car was a 2013 Jetta hybrid, 44k miles. VW dealership gave me a great trade in, $7500 tax credit and 3 years free electricity. My FE purchase was a no brainer and probably my last car. My wife will drive the Pacifica on family trips with the grandchildren.
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Just about 50/50 at home level 2 and work level 2 options.
 

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About 90% home L2 and 10% EA.

EA not as nearby to me to make it more attractive. And I gotta balance out my Co-Mod. ;)

As seen thus far in this poll VW well projected EA use/disuse and were thus able to offer 3-year free to 2021 buyers at a reasonable 'marketing burden.'

About 90% EA. 10% level 2 at home.
 

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I hope you're leasing your car . . . . or if you bought it, you're planning to trade it in at the end of the 3 years of free charging. You're gonna see long before the rest of us how bad constant fast charging is on the battery and how quickly your range is decreasing

Which leads me to wonder - When these cars are 2 or 3 years old and are beginning to come off leases or are hitting the used market, will there be an easy way for prospective buyers to single out the cars which have been repeatedly fast charged? You sure wouldn't want to get stuck with one of those unless you got one really, really cheaply. Maybe by then there will be simple, easy definitive battery tests to let you know the status of the used car you're looking at? Here's hoping!

Used EV resale values have always suffered because prospective buyers are worried about possibly getting stuck with the cost of replacing the battery - Or, maybe they're afraid of buying a 250 mile advertised car which will only go 175 or 200 miles when it's only 3 years old. With VW's 3 years of free DCFC, these models may be the least desired used EV's on the market by 2024

Well said and I agree with you wholeheartedly. Point by point...
 
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