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It's Less Easy Being 'Green' as Los Angeles Yanks Plug on Free Parking for Electric Cars
WSJ ^ | 1-5-13 | Hannah Karp

Posted on 01/05/2013 7:53:14 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

On a recent morning, Jack Luu parked his plug-in Toyota Prius in one of the most expensive lots at Los Angeles International Airport before flying off to a film shoot in Canada. The lot, where Mr. Luu leaves his car as many as 10 times a month for business trips, normally charges $30 a day.

But when Mr. Luu returned home three weeks later, he drove out, as usual, without paying a dime.

"That was a huge reason why I bought the car in the first place," says the 35-year-old Santa Monica, Calif., postproduction company executive, whose car qualifies for free parking for up to a month at a time in two of LAX's most convenient—and costly—short-term lots.

Electric cars charging in one of the short-term lots LAX, where such vehicles are allowed to park free for 30 days.

.Other than that, he says his ride is "expensive, underpowered and not really all that green," because it can run just 12 miles on electricity before switching to gas.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: electric; green; hybrid; la

1 posted on 01/05/2013 7:53:22 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"expensive, underpowered and not really all that green,"

LOL Sucker.
2 posted on 01/05/2013 8:03:50 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Re "charging stations" -- does this mean they were (and maybe still are) getting free, i.e., taxpayer-funded, electricity too?

All in all, though, a heart-warming story! ;-)

3 posted on 01/05/2013 8:06:41 AM PST by maryz
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“...lately it has turned the lots into a mob scene, with some electric-vehicle drivers circling the stations desperately for electricity or running extension cords while others hog the charging spaces for weeks at a time.”

No wonder the Libs in CA like gun control when they come up with schemes like this that make even Greenie Weinees crazy.


4 posted on 01/05/2013 8:09:37 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Red Badger

A ping for the list.


5 posted on 01/05/2013 8:17:22 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Don’t you mean coal powered cars?


6 posted on 01/05/2013 8:19:33 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Los Angeles Yanks
Does not compute.
7 posted on 01/05/2013 8:22:56 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: cripplecreek

My wife and I went to stay at the new Disney hotel in Hawaii last Feburary. Sure enough, right up front on every floor of the parking garage were several spaces/charging stations for electric cars. With the exception of one or two cars, they were unoccupied. So here you go LAX greenies, free parking in Hawaii.


8 posted on 01/05/2013 8:23:48 AM PST by waredbird
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To: afraidfortherepublic

2013 Toyota Corolla, 1.8L, 5-speed manual, regular gasoline.

27 MPG city, 34 MPG highway, 30 MPG combined.

That’s pretty darn good, in my book. The 4-speed automatic, 1.8L, regular gas is 26 MPG city, 34 MPG highway, 29 MPG combined. Not too shabby at all.

Or, 2013 VW Passat Diesel. 2.0L, 4 cyl, 6-speed manual, 31 MPG city, 43 MPG highway, 35 MPG combined. Pretty good, in my opinion.

There’s lots of alternatives out there.


9 posted on 01/05/2013 8:25:44 AM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Who woulda thunk something like this would happen?

Here is the TRUE meaning of what Pols are all about.

Buy the overpriced, idiotic (as it is now) electric car, you can charge it at work, municipal parking etc.
Suck ‘em in, PULL THE PLUG....ha ha ha

Not all that many years back East Coast was in the throes of a drought.
Water conservation was the key...DON’T wash cars, DO your laundry at night etc etc etc..
After 6 or so months of compliance, the WATER RATES WENT UP because WE were not using (Paying for) enough of it.

Throw a mileage tax on 50+ MPG vehicles cause they aren’t spending enough at the pump.

In the issue of Armed Guards at Public Schools, saw a letter to the editor....If we can afford to have police sit in speed traps and DUI checkpoints, we can put someone in a Public School, at least rotate them....hmmm(I ‘kinda’ added
Especially since the traps and checkpoints are NOT for revenue).

One of MY “All time favorites”, during a long cold spell in Northeast US, they were pushing for average elec rates, the utilities complied, and for more than a few winters, the utilities ‘took it in the shorts during cold weather’.
Weather broke, had a year of very mild winter (avg billing still in place) and the following year was also mild so the customers SUED over the ‘avg billing’ AND WON. Not sure, but something tells me the Cos may have had to either pay back or credit those that had benefited by the COLD winters.

Not that I disagree with any of the above BUT it sure is nice to point out that once you ‘follow their advice’ they come back to stick it to you.


10 posted on 01/05/2013 8:32:37 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: xrmusn

Just an observation...the last thing the Government ever did right was to swear in George Washington. After that le deluge’.


11 posted on 01/05/2013 8:39:59 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: cripplecreek

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. -C. S. Lewis


12 posted on 01/05/2013 8:55:47 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: maryz

“Re “charging stations” — does this mean they were (and maybe still are) getting free, i.e., taxpayer-funded, electricity too?”

Yup, and the don’t pay any of the road use taxes the rest of us pay when we fill up either. And the latest government gotcha is up in good old Oregon where they are now going to increase taxes on EVs because they are not “paying their fair share” of road use taxes and the claim that their roads are going to hell.


13 posted on 01/05/2013 9:11:39 AM PST by vette6387
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To: afraidfortherepublic

21 days at $30/day in “short term” parking at LAX ...
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Thats’ abuse of the taxpayers that own LAX.


14 posted on 01/05/2013 10:09:16 AM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: afraidfortherepublic

As a Nissan Leaf owner I don’t think the free parking/charging is the way to go. It will be better if theater, restaurant owners etc. can make a profit off the chargers. Then there will be more of them in convenient locations. I do fine charging mine overnight on regular 110V. By the way I have had my Leaf almost 6 weeks and I must say it is the best car I have ever owned (well since the 1967 VW Bus I had as a teenager anyway). It is fun to drive and feels very refined. The 2013 models coming out will be even better (faster charge and more range). Mitsubishi has a plug in AWD version of the Outlander coming out in 2014. It will go 33 miles on battery alone. You will be able to use that battery power whenever you want and recharge up to 70% while on the freeway. That means you can save the battery power for city driving. Hopefully the battery technology will advance like computers did and we will get something out of the billions of taxpayers dollars spent. Otherwise it will be an awful waste.


15 posted on 01/05/2013 10:28:41 AM PST by willk
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I wonder if I could park my gas-engined car in one of those spots and run an extension cable from the charging station into the trunk. Who is to know that it is not a “retro-conversion”? Maybe even put a “Greenie” sticker on the bumper? :-)


16 posted on 01/05/2013 11:40:17 AM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Free electricity?

Sounds like a subsidy for the - er... RICH???


17 posted on 01/05/2013 12:23:03 PM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
then, they'll make the charging stations “pay” charging stations.
Then, since electrics don't use gas ergo, no road tax, the state will start charging yearly mileage fees.

state loves it when a plan comes together.

18 posted on 01/05/2013 1:34:04 PM PST by stylin19a (Obama - Fredo smart)
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To: Oatka

>>Maybe even put a “Greenie” sticker on the bumper? :-)

There are plenty of appropriate badges for sale on eBay. Get some 3M double stick automotive trim tape and you’re golden.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/chrome-electric-vehicle-EV-badge-e-powered-/121047668442?pt=Other_Vehicle_Parts&hash=item1c2f00d6da&vxp=mtr


19 posted on 01/05/2013 2:11:59 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

12 miles before switching to gas

lolz

and this makes sense to anyone?


20 posted on 01/05/2013 2:18:56 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Daveinyork
Don’t you mean coal powered cars?

Exactly-cars for people who think electricity magically comes out of the socket.

21 posted on 01/05/2013 9:07:22 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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