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Looking forward to a L2 charger at work

Because it’s a measured 1.81 miles to the nearest public L2 charger over at the Puget Sound Joint Electrical Apprenticeship.

I got ICEd from our only outdoor 120V plug at work today because of the ongoing construction, then had to make a 32-mile trip to a customer jobsite.

The Blink Network chargers at the PSEJATC appear to charge by the kilowatt-hour, rather than by the timed hour like the one I used at the Sears in Lacey.

Since I got a charging code using the Android app (and the phone was nearly dead… thank goodness it held on) I got the “Guest” rate of $0.39 per kWh. That actually makes power more expensive than gas, in this case, but it’s a price I’m happy to pay.

First, the cart, to get them thinking about horses.

I work at an engineering company, where there are quite a few self-professed “gearheads”. We recruit heavily from the UW’s Formula One team, and many of our younger guys show up in modified cars, mostly Audi and VW.

One client and one consultant visited in their Leafs. Another contractor in his Fusion Energi. But they never plugged in.

Only two of us drove hybrids; a Prius, and my 2000 Honda Insight.

When a new guy started who had moved up from California, he drove his Fiat 500e in twice, but then we never saw it again.   He mentioned he would start driving it to work if I got chargers installed.

Since I brought the Focus Electric in yesterday, a bunch of guys have come up to me asking about it and expressing interest in getting electric cars. One told me that he’d been at the dealer driving an identical Focus Electric, just the day before I bought mine.

Another guy who has driven his 1976 Civic since it was new came and asked what I thought about the prospects for battery longevity.  Yeah, he’s pretty hardcore about longevity, so we talked about the Focus Electric’s battery management system and the less sophisticated air-cooling on the Nissan Leaf.

I think that once the first EVSE goes up on the outside of the building, that it will have an effect on the imaginations of the petrol-burning set here.