Reporter Joanna Stern visited 126 non-Tesla EV charging stations (in 30 different locations) in the Los Angeles area. Her story is behind a pay wall but here’s the essence:
Problem 1: Out of Order
“Of the 126 stalls I inspected, 27% were out of order. They either had a sign, a dead screen or an error reading ‘Charger unavailable’ or ‘Out of service.'”
Problem 2: Payment Rejected
“After I repeatedly tried the credit-card reader with several different cards, the system demanded: ‘CASH ONLY.’ As if this was some hot-dog stand in the park—except there’s no money slot! ”
Problem 3: Handshake Failed
That means the charger didn’t “fit” her car.
“L.A. County has more public DC fast chargers than any other in the country, according to the Atlas Public Policy research group.”
Image by Markus Distelrath on Pixabay.
H-T Stephen Moore