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It was a bizarre day that probably will only become more common as more EVs are introduced. I was at about 20% capacity after dropping my family at the airport after 180 miles. Three different charging locations had someone beat me to the charger by literally 1 minute. The fourth EV charger finally was open. I saw a model X and zoomed around him because he wasn't going to beat me to the charger! In the future I will make sure to never try to charge in San Francisco area around noon. It did make me happy seeing all the EVs around. As I sit here this woman in a Leaf is using the level 2 charger and giving me the evil eye!
 

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It was a bizarre day that probably will only become more common as more EVs are introduced. I was at about 20% capacity after dropping my family at the airport after 180 miles. Three different charging locations had someone beat me to the charger by literally 1 minute. The fourth EV charger finally was open. I saw a model X and zoomed around him because he wasn't going to beat me to the charger! In the future I will make sure to never try to charge in San Francisco area around noon. It did make me happy seeing all the EVs around. As I sit here this woman in a Prius is using the level 2 charger and giving me the evil eye!

Let her glare. She doesn't *need* the charge to get home.
 

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It was a bizarre day that probably will only become more common as more EVs are introduced. I was at about 20% capacity after dropping my family at the airport after 180 miles. Three different charging locations had someone beat me to the charger by literally 1 minute. The fourth EV charger finally was open. I saw a model X and zoomed around him because he wasn't going to beat me to the charger! In the future I will make sure to never try to charge in San Francisco area around noon. It did make me happy seeing all the EVs around. As I sit here this woman in a Prius is using the level 2 charger and giving me the evil eye!
Why would she care? She's plugged in. Are you sure it wasn't a glare of envy?:)
 

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It was a bizarre day that probably will only become more common as more EVs are introduced. I was at about 20% capacity after dropping my family at the airport after 180 miles. Three different charging locations had someone beat me to the charger by literally 1 minute. The fourth EV charger finally was open. I saw a model X and zoomed around him because he wasn't going to beat me to the charger! In the future I will make sure to never try to charge in San Francisco area around noon. It did make me happy seeing all the EVs around. As I sit here this woman in a Prius is using the level 2 charger and giving me the evil eye!
Maybe they ought to change their name to something more descriptive: San Franprius!
 

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The woman waiting had a Leaf, I was multitasking on my phone. As soon as my 45 minutes were up she disconnected from the level 2 and went to the fast charger. This fast charger was in a weird spot and probably doesn't get much traffic. She probably uses it frequently and was upset a vastly superior EV was using the fast charger. We all know Leaf owners have Bolt envy.
 

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The woman waiting had a Leaf, I was multitasking on my phone. As soon as my 45 minutes were up she disconnected from the level 2 and went to the fast charger. This fast charger was in a weird spot and probably doesn't get much traffic. She probably uses it frequently and was upset a vastly superior EV was using the fast charger. We all know Leaf owners have Bolt envy.

Ah! That makes more sense. Above, you indicated that she was in a Prius, and I assumed a PIP.
 

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I had the same problem in tiny Newark, DE yesterday. Went to the Christiana hospital, which has six l2 chargers spread across the floors of their parking structure. All six were in use. Circled back around, and one spot on the bottom floor had opened up.

I didn't appreciate how many EVs are around town and am glad I don't rely on public charging.
 

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I can tell you that you didn't miss much. I was there for a 45 minute appointment and only gained 13 miles in range. Much slower than my home charger.

I have yet to try out my car's fast charging capability. Am going to try the Homewood suites while on vacation next week. Hopefully that's not as crowded.
 

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Sounds like San Francisco needs more charging stations.
Actually there are plenty around that area. The problem is I didn't take lunchtime into consideration. People probably get into a habit of going to lunch and plugging there car in. Plus parking is horrible in that area in shopping malls. People are probably paying the $0.20 a minute from EVGO to have the convenience of not fighting for a parking spot or having a parking spot right near the front. Probably 90% of the time the chargers are empty. Next time I travel to the SF airport I will know what to do.
 

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Actually there are plenty around that area. The problem is I didn't take lunchtime into consideration. People probably get into a habit of going to lunch and plugging there car in. Plus parking is horrible in that area in shopping malls. People are probably paying the $0.20 a minute from EVGO to have the convenience of not fighting for a parking spot or having a parking spot right near the front. Probably 90% of the time the chargers are empty. Next time I travel to the SF airport I will know what to do.
I haven't been there recently to know but I have heard from others that there are many EV's in the Bay Area.


Last time I was there, I saw "too many" gas SUV's, with Sierra Club bumper stickers, that were racing up hills. Just didn't seem right. Hopefully these people have purchased EV's. EV's seem like a perfect vehicle for the terrain out that way.
 

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We almost had the same experience in LA a couple of weeks ago. Went to the Sherman Oaks EV charger behind the Gelson Market and it was zooed out. Drove 5 miles toTarzana and got there just before the lunchtime crowd arrived. Google maps show when the peak use hours are. In genera,l urban areas get EV charging business until nighttime. We had time to burn as our hotel checkin time wasnt until 3pm. Bolt drove very well and was very comfortable in sunny California.
 
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