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Checking in from NZ, which I saw at the top of the first graph! Has been a big upswing in the purchase of EV’s in the past few years, due partially to a “Clean Car Discount”, which was around NZ$8k off a new EV, and around NZ$3k off a used EV, which is funded by a “tax” on polluting vehicles, like Utes (trucks), which are insanely popular in NZ.

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Thank you for writing this Hannah, excellent article. Please can I ask where Tesla stands in definitions of public chargers and EVs sold, Teslas operate ( for the most part) in their own micro climate for fast charging? I know there is crossover but Tesla owners seem to have a much different experience & I wondered if there’s enough data to see that in the numbers? (Someone is going to mention reliability...) Thank you again for your analysis.

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Slow, at-home charging is cheaper and damages your vehicle less. That's fine for people who own their own homes, but not for renters. Renters will pay more for charging, and will have to replace vehicles more often, and renters' vehicles will be in worse condition at the same total mileage than homeowners' vehicles. So this is another way in which the EV transition is increasing inequality.

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How do they count chargers at hotels and motels? I've noticed that upmarket hotels tend to have chargers for guests along with valet parking. Are they considered public or private?

The first public charging station I saw was in the late 1980s or early 1990s. It was in the parking structure at the Alewife station of the extended Red Line in the Boston Area. There were several close in spots with chargers reserved for Solectria cars manufactured in Arlington, MA right near the station. I only saw a few cars using them.

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Hannah, I wish your post acknowledged that while transitioning to evs may be part of the answer, there is a lot of value in rethinking and reversing the inefficient car-centric model of transportation...

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Awesome article!

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Brilliant as ever!

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