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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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Maybe it‘s just a “getting used to it “ situation but I rented a Tesla here in la for a business trip, and even though theres 10x the number of chargers , they are in very different places than in florida. business parks, strange parking lots, etc. in florida, they are pretty much in (and I think this is brilliant on wawa’s part) any large Wawa off the freeway.
but . . . yes, once charging, thats exactly rught. Put enough in the car to get back to your home charger plus a little 0h $#!+ margin, and it’s a 5-10 minute stop. The thing that makes so much sense about Wawa is that they make their money on the store products like sandwiches, frozen blended coffees, the bees fridge. the gas is just a commodity mark up. With EV, you are a more captive audience. You have to stay for enough time where a sub could make sense. Not sure why they aren’t at every meaningful gas station yet? the EV drivers will more likely be the ones to get a snack, and it fits with the whole business model of filling up the drivers car with potential energy, rather than some strange business park kind of close to angels stadium.
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