Free Level 2 Charger, but there's a rub...

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  1. Marine Ray

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    Happy Groundhog Day, Super Bowl Sunday. ----- Just published article from Norman, OK. Local utility company partners with car dealership to offer free Level 2 chargers. PP picture is awesome. Wonder if this gentleman is on any PP forums/groups? But...the partnering car dealership has NO, ZERO, ZILCH PPs in their two Toyota dealerships. Fail.

    OEC, Fowler partner to make electric vehicles more affordable | Business | normantranscript.com
     
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    It's a different twist toward the encouragement of charging at home. Getting dealer's involved is obviously an important step forward. But I would be concerned about the spread of misinformation from a source with basically no experience or accountability. How will they ensure proper detail is shared from salesperson to potential customer?

    My electricity provider (a local co-op) has it nailed. $50 submeter added to a dedicated circuit for the charger, along with signing up for either their TIME-OF-USE or OFF-PEAK discounted rate program, gets you a $500 rebate.

    Knowing that electricity will automatically be discounted using a charger of your choosing, without having to ever do anything beyond just plugging in at night, is simple & painless.

    Our local EV owners group has been working with local providers, doing all we can to provide feedback and help spread the word. Chargers are by far the question I get asked any detail about. It's quite encouraging to have witnessed (we routinely have public showings) consumers stepping beyond just the initial "how does a plug-in work" inquiries to now wanting to know what it takes to own one.
     
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    Well, it says: "The partnership provides a free in-home Level 2 charger, worth $500, to any OEC member who buys a fully electric vehicle..." (my italics).

    And the article never distinguishes between BEV and PHEV models (probably because the reporter doesn't know the difference.)

    So if anyone plans to take advantage of this by buying a PHEV, I'd check with the utility first.
     
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    I also noticed that the article says you have to buy a BEV. Yet they picture a PHEV. And according to the search I just did on their website (Fowler Auto), they have a grand total of one Prius on hand. A "2020 L."

    They have almost that many Teslas there. LOL!
     
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    Yes, noticed the lack of PPs also. Supply consistent from what others non coastal folks have said. Lastly, probably take a while to get one in if you ordered one.
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    I live five miles from the coast. Tons of Prii and Teslas, but almost no Primes. You can follow the coast from North Carolina, down to Key West, and then over to the mouth of the Rio Grande and probably only find a handful of Primes. That's not it. It seems like CAFE and CARB are the determining factors.
     
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