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CTV Ottawa - A Case for the Electric Car

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Doug_G, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. Doug_G

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    Nice coverage, Doug!
     
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    Excellent.

    Though I think it's odd that an article about electric cars talks about the Volt and not the LEAF. Especially with a sentence that starts with "Lower ranged". Ah, well, that's nitpicking - to see an article with a positive outlook on "mainstream media" is quite something.
     
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    Good stuff Doug!!!
     
  5. Mayhemm

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    Well done, Doug! You deserve some credit for the support you've shown Tesla all these years!


    Unfortunately, more and more charging stations are switching from "free-to-use" to "on-condition-of-patronage".
     
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    For better or for worse, I think that will likely continue, and I think we'll begin to see "pay for use" stations become more popular as well. When EVs were rate, it was an easy thing for a company to do to get some "green cred" or to use it as a marketing mechanism. But as EVs become more popular, I don't think it's unreasonable for us to expect to pay for our "fuel". Many of the "patrons only" sites will let you charge, sometimes for free or sometimes for a small fee.
     
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    But us Tesla owners don't have to worry right?
    We can use the SC's and not pay a cent. No need to use public charging for the most part.
     
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    Good luck with that on Vancouver Island, across the prairies and northern Ontario, eastern Quebec, the maritimes and Newfoundland!
     
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    I use my purchasing power to provide incentive for businesses to provide charging. Whenever I visit a mall / hotel or other destination with charging, I plug in to ensure the # of uses of the charger is incremented by one, and I tell someone in the establishment I am visiting and using the charge station.

    Restaurants and hotels provide free wifi, free big screen TV and other bonus features to compete. Charging is like any other bonus.
     
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    While I'm all for free charging at restaurant and hotels, I also wouldn't mind paying a small fee if needed. Charging can't be really compared to TV and Wifi as for these it doesn't cost anything more if 1, 10 or 50 patrons use the service.
     
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    Of course it costs, for each person on wifi, the business is paying an internet provider for bandwidth and download size.

    A full charge is $10 for a Model S, but most of the time at a hotel, it's more like $4 or so (half a charge) that is needed in our experience. That cost is peanuts compared to the $2000 it cost to put the charger in...just like the $1000 TV and monthly satellite is also part of the cost to attract patrons.
     
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    CTV Ottawa just aired a report on the evening news from CTV Toronto by Pat Foran (sp?) regarding the Consumer Reports 103/100 rating.
     
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    Was this it?
    http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=691907
     
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    Yes, that's exatly it minus the CTV Toronto commentators. :biggrin:
     

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