TINSTAAFL: The costs of plug-in charging
The ability to charge your plug-in car at home can cost thousands
A number of plug-in fans were rejoicing over the fact that Toyota was going to offer a $1000 240 volt charger that included free installation, but that excitement has been squashed. Turns out that Toyota will offer free installation, assuming that all the wiring for a 240 volt charger has already been completed.
Unfortunately, such wiring can cost up to $2000 or more, especially on older homes. There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.
And, honestly, whom can blame Toyota or any other automaker for not covering such costs?
This news comes on the back of an SPX Service Solutions — a group that has been working on plug-in charging installations with GM and Daimler — recommendation for charging infrastructure best practices that leads off with “Use a realistic business model.”
Public plug-in charging isn’t free and someone is going to have to pay for it. So, those offering plug-in charging need to be aware of the costs and ensure that those costs can be recovered — such as by extra sales at a retail outlet.
There just isn’t any way around TINSTAAFL.