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More and more facilities are starting to offer electric car
electric car adoption seems to be increasing faster than
charger installation, which can
make it frustrating to find an unused charger when you go
someplace. Especially when
the chargers are provided for
free, people tend to
monopolize them by leaving their cars
plugged in long past the point when their car is fully
Some places attempt to deal with this by limiting the
amount of time a car can be
plugged in, but this is a hassle and the rule is rarely
enforced. Some chargers can service
multiple spaces, and the custom among electric car
drivers is that if you see a car that is
fully charged it's okay to unplug it and use the charger,
provided you can reach it. This is
still an inconvenience, though.
Public car chargers should be designed so that multiple
cars can plug into them. The
cars don't need to all be charged simultaneously, however.
The charger can charge all
cars round-robin, in 15 minute increments. Current
charging equipment can thus be used,
with just a minor retrofit.
As many as ten cars (five on each side) could
theoretically plug in to a single charger
without making the cables excessively long, but a
practical limit would probably be about
four. This system probably wouldn't be very useful for
shopping malls and such, but for
workplaces, airports, and any other place where people
leave their cars parked for long
periods of time it would be an easy way to increase
electric car charging capacity
without significantly increasing equipment costs.
||Also, seems like there should be a category for
[Vehicle: Car: Electric], and [Vehicle: Car: Electric:
Charger]. I'm aware of the existing category [Vehicle:
Engine: Electric], but apart from the fact that this is
technically an incorrect description (electric cars use
motors, not engines), this would seem to only apply
the powerplant of the vehicle. Now that electric cars
have become more than a novelty, I think they
their own category.
||//people tend to monopolize them by leaving their cars plugged in long past the point when their car is fully charged//
||What we need is a battery design with a tendency to explode dramatically when overcharged.
||Boeing are the current industry leaders in exploding
batteries, I believe. We may have to invent an electric jet
in order to interest them in building the chargers.