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People tend to charge to 100%, due to the low availability of chargers. Better charge to the max ‘just to be on the safe side’, regardless of the extended charge time. I myself have done this when travelling to a holiday destination within the UK. If however, a charger had been available at the holiday cottage we were staying at, I would not if adopted this inefficient charging approach. In short, the proliferation of EV chargers will lessen the current need for many drivers to charge to 100%, but variable pricing based on the vehicles charging rate will be needed to manage Rapid charger throughout as EV uptake increases.
Inevitably, I believe that variable pricing will be introduced at Rapid chargers, to manage demand. As the charge rate diminishes, due to the car’s charging curve, the price will go up.
When services are busy food service gets slower, and so if your car charges quickly you inevitably go past 90%.
Layout is still an issue and at Wetherby services the fast chargers were more obvious and hence occupied by vehicles that should have been on the 50kW chargers.