Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) did a great job encouraging electric vehicle trips to the airport by setting up 38 charging stations in two separate lots and offering EV drivers free parking spaces. Those no-cost spots were a huge draw, to be sure, but airport authorities have now decided to pull the plug . The airport said it will stop the free parking deal in March, in part to reduce the growing volume of electric cars circling the lot waiting for one of the coveted spots to open up.

The decision was also made was for revenue reasons. The airport said it needs the additional parking revenue that EV owners would be paying. LAX previously eliminated free parking for cars with handicap placards.

When airport authorities first made the incentive offer for 30 days of free EV parking, it wasn't a big deal. Since that time, though, EV sales nearly tripled and demand for the free parking spots has become a point of contention because it was such a good deal, saving up to $30 a day, which can add up fast for frequent fliers.

Charging at LAX will still be free after the March change. For a look at what other airports offer their plug-in customers, read this.
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Electric Vehicle Parking Changes

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) recently upgraded the majority of electric vehicle charging units at LAX to allow for universal use by today's technologically advanced electric vehicles.
Electric Vehicle (EV) owners can continue to use the EV chargers for free.

Effective March 1, 2013, LAWA will no longer provide free PARKING to EV owners. Those using the parking lots must PAY the posted rate.

For current parking information or news, please visit: www.lawa.org/welcome_LAX.aspx?id=58


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      Spec
      • 15 Hours Ago
      Good move. Offering charging is enough. Giving people free parking is too much, especially when there are now more people demanding the spots than are available.
        KenZ
        • 15 Hours Ago
        @Spec
        Agreed. They seem to have managed the entire situation well with a reasonably timed transition. Someday they'll probably even be able to charge for charging, but that time has not yet come.
      chechnya
      • 15 Hours Ago
      Levine said it right. First they are wanting to publicize a "green side" by letting people charge for free, but when it becomes too popular, they get rid of it.
      Edea Krammer
      • 15 Hours Ago
      I believe their just being that smart to make this kind of reactions but I have to admit this EV parking deal really encourage everyone to get an EV on their own just to avail this awesome deal and that if they could afford one… :D www.safewayparking.com
      Tes
      • 15 Hours Ago
      About time to get rid of this incentive, but keep the free charging. At least until the charging speeds are improved. Why would want to pay $1 per hour to charge the car for 7 hours... -Leaf/Volt owner
        Rotation
        • 15 Hours Ago
        @Tes
        What if it were only $0.50/hr? Heck, $1/day after the first day. It isn't a choice between $1/hr and free.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      The charging should cost money too. Before you say anything, hear me out. The EV owners complain they are supposed to leave their cars on charge when not in use for long periods, so they need these chargers. If they need the chargers, then it is important that there is a good enough supply of chargers to meet demand. And there is no incentive to create more supply if there is no revenue from charging. So this means EV drivers will still find chargers scarce at LAX parking. If the chargers made money, even a little bit, there would be incentive to add more chargers to meet demand. So charging should cost money, a small amount, given that after the first day no car draws much power anyway. Then that money can be used to invest in more chargers as necessary. If LAX doesn't do it, some entrepreneurial off-site parking operator will.
        Jens Kr. Kirkebø
        @Rotation
        There is revenue from the parking. No need to charge for the measly amount of kWhs one gets too. What do someone with an EV do if they need to charge at the airport but can't ? Probably take a shuttle, train, taxi or get someone to drive them. Then there is no parking revenue from the EV. Also, no need for EVSEs, 120V sockets would be enough even for a Tesla. Dirt cheap.
          Rotation
          • 15 Hours Ago
          @Jens Kr. Kirkebø
          If the service does not make money they have no incentive to meet demand. Do you want enough service to meet demand? Then yes, there is a need to charge for the measly amount of kWhs. If a person wants to leave their car at home, great. ICE drivers make the same choices, there's no reason for EVs to be any different, especially as the fraction of EVs grows until EVs aren't even abnormal anymore. If the price is too high, people won't use it. If the price is too low, the provider won't provide it. Either way, no one ends up happy. Thus I would suggest $0 is too low. You say 120V is enough and cheaper to put in? Great. Put in 120V, then the service can be cheaper and still turn the revenue levels required to keep it in operation.
        EZEE
        • 15 Hours Ago
        @Rotation
        I was starting to complain, but your note stopped me, and then I considered thoughtfully. You suck! I heard you out, then still chose to complain, after careful consideration. ;)
      Levine Levine
      • 15 Hours Ago
      Even before EV population reaches critic mass, LAX is already pulling the plug on EV. Apparently, the PR stunt is over and Los Angeles is again showing its money grubbing nature.
        kEiThZ
        • 15 Hours Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Money grubbing nature? Why is an airport obligated to provide free parking (and free charging) to those who can most afford it? Moreover, as the free parking became popular, you were starting to see conflict between EV/hybrid drivers for the free spots. More headaches for the airport.
        Spec
        • 15 Hours Ago
        @Levine Levine
        What a troll. If you actually read the story then you will realize that they are no longer providing free parking BECAUSE IT IS TOO POPULAR!
      otiswild
      • 15 Hours Ago
      Paying for parking wouldn't be a big deal, as long as charging was free. Perhaps with L2 chargers for the short-term parking and L1 charger locking boxes (with a 120V socket with a cable passthru hole in the bottom, and a padlockable box that holds the charger) for longer-term parking.
      Smurf
      • 1 Year Ago
      This was inevitable. We are beginning to see electric vehicles make that transition from the early adoption phase, to the mass market appeal phase. As that happens, the free incentives for early adopters will fade away. The same thing is happening with free public charging. While this may be bad news for some EV owners in LA, this is good for the EV industry in general.....
      SVX pearlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Market forces at work.
      Jason
      • 15 Hours Ago
      I just wish more airports would offer charging...i'd even pay a slight premium for it. Our winters are too cold and summers are too hot that I don't want to leave my volt sitting for a week unplugged at the airport since keeping it plugged in regulates the temperature of the battery pack in those temperature extremes. Don't even need expensive level 2 240 charging since the car is will generally be staying for at least 24-48 hours, give me a 120 outlet and I'd be happy.
      • 15 Hours Ago
      Why not allow three or four hours of free parking at the inside lots (1 & 6) to allow those who NEED a charge to charge? Then, cars won't be parked at the EV spots for longer than it takes to charge without paying for them. Also, a few chargers (maybe even the high speed chargers) in the cell phone waiting lots would keep people from leaving their cars parked at the EV spots, but allow for a charge when needed.
      • 15 Hours Ago
      I think the people use the plan for traveling. So airport should be arranged for parking of travellers vehicles. and it should be free. have you agree with me or not?
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