PHOTO CAPTION: Chevrolet Volt using public charger.

All-electric Cars Competing with Plug-In Hybrids for So. California's Charge Stations

Plug-in hybrid owners of Chevy Volts find they can cut their operating costs by using free electricity, tying up charge stations, preventing all-electrics being able to charge.

Published: 11-Feb-2014

If the electricity is being offered for free, as it is in many electric-car charging locations, Michael Delune will park his Tesla Model S there. Even if he isn't running particularly low on juice.

“If it's free, I'll take it,” the Irvine lawyer said. “I admit that I have done that on occasion.”

Free is free, even if you did spend $70,000-plus on an electric car.


First of 80 ChargePoint EVSEs installed at Solaire, a 'green' residential building in Battery Park City on Manhattan.

The ChargePoint EVSEs will be paid for by $1 million incentive from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

ChargeIQ charging Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car.

ChargeIQ EV charger allows drivers to lower their charging costs by as much as $250AUD through flexible energy pricing.

Renault Twizy electric city runabout using public charger.

France now counts about 6,000 charging stations for electric vehicles and plans to increase that to 8,000 points by the end of the year.


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