GetOffYourGas wrote:Also, rentals don't preclude charging at home. Many rentals are single-family homes or duplexes around here.
They aren't in NYC, or Chicago, or San Francisco. But my point was that you may not have access to 240V at a rental. Charging at 12A/120V is about 1.2W an hour into the battery (assuming around 88% efficiency of the EVSE at 120V). 10 hours of charging would give you 12 kWh a night, 14 would give you around 16.5 kWh. For those days when you need more than that, a DCFC near home allows you to add 20 or 30 kWh fairly quickly. That is why they are useful. If you live in an apartment in a big city, and your garage (if you have one) doesn't have a plug, you can't drive electric without using someone else's charging H/W. So DCFCs *are* useful in cities - for some.
GetOffYourGas wrote:Anyway, I already addressed the biggest problem with your use case: cost. If you are predominantly charging your EV at EVGo stations (because you cannot charge at home), it will be far more expensive than gas. Very few people would pay more for that inconvenience.
At $0.30 kWh, $1.80 worth of electricity is 6 kWh (EVgo in Calif is currently $0.26/min with a subscription plan). At 4.4 miles per kWh, that is 26 miles. That's better than most SUVs for a gallon of gas. I wouldn't call that "far more expensive than gas". And it's cheaper if you use the 240V (J1772) charging stations. (Heck, there are a ton of free ones around my area.)
Just because you don't live in an apartment doesn't preclude a lot of people from living in apartments. And charging at 120V because you rent the house that you live in can be insufficient at times, so a charger close by (or on the way to work) can be very useful.
GetOffYourGas wrote:What percentage of current (non-Tesla) BEV drivers don't have access to home charging? I'm curious to know. I am willing to bet it is much lower than the national average.
If true, maybe that is due to the fact that there haven't been enough public charging stations until recently for those people living in rentals to start considering buying EVs. And now that EVgo (and others) are installing more an more stations in the cities where they live maybe more of them WILL be considering an EV. That's a good thing. More people driving electric.