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- Dec 30, 2019
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- 2013 Ford Escape
Exactly. And in such a scenario, the odds of people dipping into that 10 minute grace period go up a lot too. When it was increasingly expensive to add those last 20 kWh, people were much more likely to stop short. But now there's greater chance of them going all the way to 100% + into the 10 minute grace period beyond (if they're able to fill that time with something useful like a sit-down meal, the bar, shopping, etc).What you're missing is that there is no penalty other than TIME IDLE to go up to 100% instead of 80%.
The assertion is that someone with a MME at 10% SOC stops at the charger across the street from a nice restaurant in the middle of a long trip. Said person want s a nice sitdown meal that could take an hour. SO, said person sets the "finish" charge % to 100% and goes into the restaurant. Finally, an hour later they come out of the restaurant and their MME is just hitting 100%, so no idle fees and now the car has a more of a charge to make the next stop go faster. In the meantime, that charger was in use for an hour or more instead of the customary 30-45 minutes
It'll be even more interesting to see the charge curve now, and how long it takes to go from 80% to 100% where the charger shuts off and the 10-min grace period starts. Hopefully that doesn't drag out too long because that could really tie up chargers longer.
Not saying this will happen on half of all refuelings, of course, but at the margin, we could see some longer waits to get on one.