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Will Parking Problems Slow the Rise of Electric Vehicles?

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GTOlover
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First electric outlets, then parking???
GTOlover   1/14/2014 9:00:31 AM
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What will happen is that people will start plugging in their EV's when ever they see an outlet. Similar to what you see in an airport when everyone is trying to charge their phone, tablet, or laptop. Of course, this leads to an issue of who pays for the 'free' electricity:

http://www.geek.com/news/man-plugs-in-electric-car-and-is-arrested-for-theft-1578841/

Road rage will not be an issue in the future, parking rage will become a news item we will start hearing about. Seems I recall hearing that in the big downtown metro areas, parking spots are sold for a premimum (I maybe thinking of Europe?). Imagine if you bought a parking spot and found someone in it. I think sparks may fly (pun intended).

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Re: First electric outlets, then parking???
tekochip   1/14/2014 2:58:42 PM
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For a while airports were bolting their outlets shut to keep cell phone owners from stealing a few Joules, but I noticed that O'Hare now leaves them open again.

far911
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Re: First electric outlets, then parking???
far911   1/14/2014 10:53:03 PM
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you are rite these teething problems wont be an issue.

Mydesign
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Re: First electric outlets, then parking???
Mydesign   1/14/2014 11:57:25 PM
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"What will happen is that people will start plugging in their EV's when ever they see an outlet. Similar to what you see in an airport when everyone is trying to charge their phone, tablet, or laptop. Of course, this leads to an issue of who pays for the 'free' electricity:"

GTOlover, that's a tricky situation but the thing is most of such charging points are kept inside the airport, where passengers are lobbing. Anyway we won't be able to take vehicle that much nearer to the plugging point.

Mydesign
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Charging at Parking lot
Mydesign   1/15/2014 1:51:32 AM
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"parking challenge could affect sales of both battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, largely because both need to find a charging outlet."

Charles I won't think it's a major concern as long as charging stations are common. Charging point at parking lot is just like an added advantage, so that vehicles can be charged at free time.

Mydesign
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Re: First electric outlets, then parking???
Mydesign   1/15/2014 1:54:22 AM
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"Road rage will not be an issue in the future, parking rage will become a news item we will start hearing about. Seems I recall hearing that in the big downtown metro areas, parking spots are sold for a premimum (I maybe thinking of Europe?). Imagine if you bought a parking spot and found someone in it. I think sparks may fly (pun intended)."

GTOlover, in future EV vehicles there may be options for charging the vehicles, while running through road. Recently I read about similar experiments in EU by embedded some charging strips over the road. So by electrical contacts through strips, vehicles can get charged.

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Re: First electric outlets, then parking???
Debera Harward   1/15/2014 4:14:26 AM
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Sometime back i came across that either they are planning or they have already implemented the installation of EV charging stations throught the cities. If such charging stations are installed or are in the process of installation then how come the rise of these vehicles can decline instead of increasing .

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EV Parking is a Problem
ChriSharek   1/15/2014 8:49:21 AM
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No question that this is becoming more and more of an issue. 

Home charging still accounts for 80% of charging.  There is no question that EV adoption will be reduced if we don't address the issue for those living in condos and apartments.

Recently during the relocation of our office, I negotiated a charging station for our new building.  This is the first commercial building in our area providing a charger to ONLY the tenants (limited use for proxy card holders).  This clearly raised the bar in our area and added to the growth of EV adoption.

Unfortunately, the chargers are normally located close to the building (perhaps due to proximity of available electricity).  This creates some anxiety as the Non-EV-ers see the EVs as the "privileged and elitests" that get the "special" spot. 

ChriSharek
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Re: First electric outlets, then parking???
ChriSharek   1/15/2014 8:50:27 AM
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www.chargepoint.net is a website showing most of the public chargers - and there is an app for your phone for this as well. 

any1
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even gasoline infrastructure has issues in cities
any1   1/15/2014 8:52:20 AM
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I have lately been reading, and conversations with friends that live in core areas of Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, New York city, and San Francisco corroborate that in many cities gasoline stations are slowly disappearing over time. No new ones are being built and older end of life gas stations in high cost of living areas are being closed and repurposed for other uses that make more money for the owners. So now in many core city areas people are being forced to drive to the near suburbs to find an open gas station. So in these core city areas maybe the electric infrastructre will be just as good, or better than the fossil fuel infrastructure.

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