Most places that would work out in our around town drives are .02 for 30 seconds. That is just stupid high money compared to gas. 4 times the cost of gas to get me same distance??!! It cost me over $9 to fully charge our Volt. Only did that once and never again. There are some free at places that "get it" such as Kohl's and Whole Foods. It is cheap for a business at that level to install given the money we will spend while there for hours.
If marketed right, there is no reason why every mall and shopping center couldn't install one and not charge. We think casinos would be a great place as well. We visited several card rooms in CA and we didn't see any installed at anyone of them. Missed opportunity.
03/18/2011 - Picked up and drove 4 1/2 hours home...
#1258 has now been adopted and has been placed in a safe/happy home!
03/15/2014 - Traded/leased 2011 for 2014 Volt
04/23/2014 - Leased 2014 Smart EV/ED 2yr
03/08/2016 - Bought Used 2012 Ford Focus EV Shipped from CA
2017 Volt Premier, Siren Red, Driver Confidence 1&2, Ambient Lighting, Mylink Radio with Navigation, Illuminated Charge Ports.
I look at public charging the same way I look at coffee. At home, I can make a cup of coffee for 20 cents. Out and about, I expect to pay five times that, at least, for someone else to provide me convenient coffee where I am. Sometimes you might run into free coffee as a courtesy, but that's just a perk from some establishment. I expect to pay, generally, but free sure is nice!
I wish that charging networks and site owners would find a middle ground, though- $2/hr charging for a Volt is like going to Starbucks for a Venti and leaving a $5 tip instead of my 20 cent cup of coffee at home. Way too much!
Someone is bound to create a nationwide chain of EV recharging stations where you tie a food court with a big bank of EV chargers as well as gasoline and diesel. Right now the tesla supercharger network is the closest to this, though wouldn't it be neat to have superchargers and j1772s along with go carts and putt putt?