Mandrake wrote: ↑
02 Dec 2019, 16:46
A home charger only costs a few hundred quid, a 50kW Rapid charger costs around £20k to install not including extra grid provisioning or works required to bring power to the unit if it is not already nearby. And then there is a maintenance contract to cover repairs and maintenance and you also have eventual replacement to consider when it becomes too old or obsolete. (10-15 years is the predicted lifespan of a rapid charger unit from memory for depreciation and asset control purposes)
So the time to pay back investment is surprisingly long even if utilisation is high. So unlike some EV drivers I don't begrudge rapid charging being more expensive than the electricity only cost of charging at home - they need a return on investment otherwise it's not a viable business.
Occasionally the time to decommissioning and removal will be shorter.
Not far from here there used to be a couple of Tesla chargers.
Then they disappeared. Only about two and a half years.
I found a discussion on a Tesla owners forum, whingeing about this, speculating - it would later turn out correctly - that soon there would be more ubiquitous chargers for a wider range of cars.
Quite a few of them, indeed perhaps most of those posting, were incredibly snobby about it. You wouldn't get the impression they were interested in any possible environmental gains, or any co-solidarity with fellow electric car users, but more in their own self-defined elite status.
So sometimes Tesla the firm or Tesla the drivers might fall out with site owners for whatever reasons ...