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You don't need to Charge full always when DC Fast Charging.

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This is more of a helpful tip that new EV drivers may not know, but I find it very helpful. The bulk majority of the time you will spend DC fast charging will be on long trips where the distance, either there or round trip is longer than your range you have in the battery.

When you stop at DC fast chargers either on trips or not, you typically only charge enough to get to the next charger, or destination. If you have means to charge at your destination for a time that will get you to the next location or city driving you can arrive with 10-20% which many times means only charging for 5-20 minutes.

These short times will also work for DC fast charging to get to the next charger. Those long wait times will not be as common as thought.

There are a few factors that affect this such has towing (low range), and the increase of DC fast charger, and how well they are maintained so you can get in and out.
So when thinking of fast charging on trips, remember it is a low percentage you will have to wait that entire charge time, and it will be more like a bathroom, grab a snack kind of stop.
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Gas was always a loss leader for most convenience stores. 7-11 took years before they would add credit card readers to their gas pumps. Without them they sold much more by just getting you to enter the doors to pay for that gas.

I've heard good things about Wawa, we don't have them here, but truly it seems most convenience stores don't have a lot of extra room to add too many chargers. We do have Buc-cee's though. They've embraced Tesla installing between 12 and 24 stations at each store.

Truly I'm not sure why the bigger chains like Buc-cee's or Wawa hasn't just put their own name/brand on the chargers. Just take a normal payment at the "Pump".
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