Submitted by Sudre_ on Mon, 2012-03-12 22:20
Might need to ask this over in the Roadster area. I've been looking at the charging station already available in the St. Louis area. It turns out this place is not quite as backwards as I thought. There are two companies that have chargers out with level 2 charging in my area, Blink and ChargePoint. Both appear to be members only.
It looks like you can not just swipe your credit card and charge. You have to go on-line and sign up first then they will send you a card to access the chargers. Is this true?
That's like buying an ICE, driving into a gas station and the attendant telling you to turn around go home and wait for your membership card before you can pump gas. I can see in a few years having a stack of membership cards you'll have to flip through while on road trips.
In some cases there is also a yearly membership fee. It cuts the charge per hour cost from $2 down to $1 per hour.
Does Tesla bill per hour for their current charger network I see on the West coast?