One of the big arguments that EV proponents make against the concept of range anxiety is that businesses and public parking areas can install charging stations allowing drivers to top up when parked. Businesses could even offer free charging as an enticement to draw in customers. Few however, have taken up that challenge. UK-based electronics retailer Comet is among the first to offer free charging for customers at its store in Croydon. The outlet is in a locked box and interested users can request a key from the company via email.
The big question is how many people will use the service and how well will the charge point hold up. If the experiment is successful, the chain will roll out charge points throughout all its stores. Presumably, an increase in sales from EV drivers will be part of that success equation, so if you drive an EV in the area of Croydon UK you may want to demonstrate your support for charging stations with your wallet. The video is after the jump. Thanks to Adam for the tip!
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