thirdcrank wrote:Unless I've missed something, it's only a matter of time before that rapid charge becomes the norm. ie it's the only one which seems to be anything like the familiar fuel pump.
That's because you've still got your 'internal combustion' hat on.
For months I only used a 3 pin plug to charge mine.
In simple terms for the sorts of mileage I did each day I'd just plug it in overnight every few days and 'fill' it up.
Roughly speaking 10 hours on a 3 pin plug adds 80 miles - so for 95% of people typical car use a 3 pin plug would actually work well.
One plus here is that when you get in your car it has a "full tank"! My missus had a penchant for running my petrol car to the point where it only just had enough petrol to get you to the petrol station the next day - usually in the opposite direction I wanted to go.
Now the 'proper' socket is fitted to the house I can add roughly 30 miles for every hour of charge and tbh the only advantage for me is I can now better choose when to use electricity since my 'lecky provider has half hour tariffs - my charger selects the cheapest half hour slots and uses those.
If I went to work in it (I don't) then I could plug it into one of the lampposts and again get 30 miles/hour - which would mean it'd be charged fully again in an hour.
At a supermarket, restaurant etc something similar would happen.
What seems to be universally true is the only time you need rapid chargers is when you're travelling any distance. Drive a couple of hours and have a break whilst the car charges up on the rapid charger.
And as ranges continue to increase the likelihood of even that reduces. There's a fair number of EV's now with 200+ miles of realistic range and a few hitting 300.
I can't remember the last time I drove over 300 miles in one go - so for me charging at home and then at my destination on a normal charger would easily be enough and I suspect that's true for a lot of other folk too.