I know this is a problem from personal, painful experience. But what do other electric car drivers think?
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John A. Tamplin's profile photoChris Wall's profile photo
 
Personally, I have never charged my LEAF anywhere except at home (though I would charge it at work, assuming it ever gets installed before I leave the company). The public charging stations I am aware of are too expensive, more expensive than gas for the range given, and there aren't that many free ones either.

I think charging is too slow for it to make a big difference anywhere except home and work. For example, say you have one at the mall -- is the charge you get in an hour or two really going to make a big difference? In the LEAF, that would give me at most 25 miles additional range. Sure, if everywhere you went you could plug in, it would effectively increase the range, but it doesn't seem like it would fundamentally change what you can do with the car.

Once EVs have the range to make inter-city trips viable, then I think fast charging stations can fundamentally change what you can do -- if I can drive 300 miles, then charge my car while eating dinner and get another 200 miles range, then essentially I can drive cross-country in an EV if I wanted.
 
Most people that don't own EVs probably forget that you typically start off every day with 100% charge. Public infrastructure is not a necessity for EVs in the same way that it is for gasoline vehicles.

Range limitations of EVs, and working around them with public fast charging infrastructure, seems less relevant to me than the lack of accessibility for people living in apartments/condos.

If I want to go across the country, I'll probably fly. If I want to go a few hundred miles to the beach on a long weekend, I can rent a car with an ICE for a few days. These are exceptional situations. My typical day involves ~20-30mi of driving.
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