Electric car recharging fee activism suggested by Coulomb CEO and CTO
How much should it cost to charge an electric car? In most cases public electric car charging stations are free to use, allowing electric car owners to drive for free. However the charging station network operators are beginning to impose fees of $3 per hour or more, which many say is too-high of a fee, begging the question of what's the appropriate fee for electric car charging. To complicate the issue, the cost of electricity for electric car charging is minimal, leaving electric car owners facing a large cost disparity to charge their car between home charging and public charging.
Last winter we wrote about how electric cars are cheaper to operate than gasoline cars, and more recently we noted a cost calculator published by Via Motors showing that commercial fleet owners can save a bunch of money through buying electric, or plug-in hybrid, trucks versus gasoline or diesel powered trucks. How? It's because electricity is a far cheaper fuel than either gasoline or diesel. How? It comes down to calculating the benefit (miles driven) per dollar spent on electricity or gasoline or diesel. This is an "operational cost" line of reasoning, and does not consider the full total cost of ownership. In the case of leasing a plug-in hybrid from a company like Via Motors, the lease cost does a nice job of capturing the cost of ownership and, depending on the usage level, the fuel cost savings can be significant enough to pay for the lease cost.