Who Monitors "Free" Electric Vehicle Charging Stations?
Original post made by Ben Johansen, Birdland, on Jun 19, 2013
The so called 'free' electric vehicle charging stations are being used not by patrons of the shopping centers, but by owners too cheap to plug into their own household electrical system and actually pay for their own charge. I have long noticed the same vehicles plugged in for hours at a shopping center, where obviously the person could not still be shopping after 3, 4, or 5 hours, I.E, Safeway or Walgreens. Monday night I saw for the first time real proof. As I got out to shop at Safeway on Santa Rita, I noticed a man open the trunk of his vehicle charging in front of Walgreens. What was strange was he didn't have anything in his hands as if he'd been shopping. Curious, I waited to see what was happening. He walks to a car parked nearby, opened the trunk, took out a golf bag, what looked like a gym bag and some other items and put them in the trunk of the newly charged vehicle. He then backs out of the spot, his wife or girlfriend (I'm assuming) then pulls the other car into the charging spot and plugs that car in. They get back into the newly charged vehicle and drive away. Leaving you and I to pay for their 'fuel' to drive their car. Now I know people are going to try and say that the city is being given funding by the feds for these stations, but come on. That money is not free, you and I paid taxes to pay for that funding. When the feds quit funding these stations, will they become a pay as you go station, or will our city keep paying for free fill-ups out of city funds? So I ask, where is my free gas pump at these shopping centers, so I can fill-up when I'm shopping?