PHOTOS - Electric vehicle charging stations coming to the Magic Kingdom TTC parking lot

sshindel

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SWEET! When I buy my new EV, I can't wait to drive it from Chicago to Florida in 80 mile increments! :hilarious:

Seriously though, this is something that is good news. 4 chargers though? Where I work we have 12, and we don't have nearly the number of people visiting.
 

CJR

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4 chargers though? Where I work we have 12, and we don't have nearly the number of people visiting.
I'm going to say that it may have to do with the cost. Per mile, these out-pace gas prices by a healthy margin. So, if the car is an electric Hybrid, like the Volt (which I own), it's more economical to just fill up the tank.

That said, there never seems to be a problem filling these spaces, at least, that I've noticed.
 

MissM

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With only 4 spots are they going to let people park in them all day? Because it's not exactly quick or easy to get all the way back to the TTC to move your car. I applaud the fact they're adding charges but unlike the other parks where cars are reached with a [relatively] short walk, MK lot is far removed. So it does run the risk of always being occupied - even the cars have long since finished charging.
 

Corey P

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I'm going to say that it may have to do with the cost. Per mile, these out-pace gas prices by a healthy margin. So, if the car is an electric Hybrid, like the Volt (which I own), it's more economical to just fill up the tank.

That said, there never seems to be a problem filling these spaces, at least, that I've noticed.
I bought a Tesla because I like to show off. Nothing green or cheap about EV's. Your Volt is the best idea or using Nat gas. A nat gas Volt would be the cleanest cheapest travel solution. The green crowd in congress thinks they will built it and they will come.
 

tissandtully

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Are these free to use or is it charged by usage? How much does it cost typically to charge from one of these things?
 

wdwmagic

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Are these free to use or is it charged by usage? How much does it cost typically to charge from one of these things?
The cost to charge a car is $.35 per kw/h, with a minimum charge cost of $1.50. This is a really high rate, and unfortunately means that if you have something like a Volt, it would actually be cheaper to use gas in the car than to charge here.

For pure EV cars, it would be your only option though, so is worthwhile from that perspective.
 

Corey P

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The cost to charge a car is $.35 per kw/h, with a minimum charge cost of $1.50. This is a really high rate, and unfortunately means that if you have something like a Volt, it would actually be cheaper to use gas in the car than to charge here.

For pure EV cars, it would be your only option though, so is worthwhile from that perspective.
I live around Hilton Head Island and in my Tesla I would have to stop in FL at a Tesla supercharger to be able to make it to Orlando. Being able to charge up while at Disney would solve the next problem which is I would need to at least do a half charge in Orlando which if not on site becomes a pain. Even on a full charge I wouldn't be able to make it back home so I would have to stop again for a charge.

BTW charging a Tesla with a standard house plug takes days. You need at least a 220 outlet and that still take s a long time. Not like you can just find an outlet somewhere and plug in.
 

alphac2005

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I'm going to say that it may have to do with the cost. Per mile, these out-pace gas prices by a healthy margin. So, if the car is an electric Hybrid, like the Volt (which I own), it's more economical to just fill up the tank.

That said, there never seems to be a problem filling these spaces, at least, that I've noticed.
We own a Ford Focus EV and a Ford Fusion Energi, which for those who don't know, the Ford Energi line is the same electric hybrid concept as the Volt. Obviously no gas for the Focus and we're filling up thr Fusion every four weeks or so with a tank of gas. Our monthly vehicle energy bill is about $50 for everything. Love that and the cars.

I do wonder if they'll require you to move the cars after a set time or charge an inflated rate after X hours. Four chargers isn't much of anything, but a start. I guarantee that Disney did it now to take advantage of a special business tax incentive that's available this year. The shopping center that we went to by our home has at least 20 EV chargers and a cluster of Tesla superchargers.
 
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Corey P

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We own a Ford Focus EV and a Ford Fusion Energi, which for those who don't know, the Ford Energi line is the same electric hybrid concept as the Volt. Obviously no gas for the Focus and we're filling up thr Fusion every four weeks or so with a tank of gas. Our monthly vehicle energy bill is about $50 for everything. Love that and the cars.

I do wonder if they'll require you to move the cars after a set time or charge an inflated rate after X hours. Four chargers isn't much of anything, but a start. I guarantee that Disney did it now to take advantage of a special business tax incentive that's available this year. The shopping center that we went to by our home has at least 20 EV chargers and a cluster of Tesla superchargers.
Only problem is this has been tried before. Costco put in EV chargers and took them out a few later because no one used them. Also why would you use one in a shopping center, we'll assume that you are close home, at a much higher electric rate then your home? The Tesla superchargers to get used but that's a totally different thing going on and it's also free.
 

alphac2005

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Only problem is this has been tried before. Costco put in EV chargers and took them out a few later because no one used them. Also why would you use one in a shopping center, we'll assume that you are close home, at a much higher electric rate then your home? The Tesla superchargers to get used but that's a totally different thing going on and it's also free.
Where I live, we have one of the largest clusters of EVs in the country and the charging spaces are nearly always full. Why are they in use? A huge metro area and the majority are Leafs, BMW i3, Kia Soul EV, Focus, etc. Some units are free, others charge. A large amount of employers have them at no-cost as well. For anyone not driving a Tesla as you are and have a decent driving distance, if you spend fifty cents or a buck every so often charging, it's no big deal.
 
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