There is a closed thread about this subject, but I am curious if anyone knows of any updates on Disney's plans (or lack thereof) to install a few EV charging stations somewhere in the guest-facing areas of the resort?
My family just purchased our first Prius Plug-In. Today, we went to Disneyland and read on an EV charging board that there are outlets available at the Mickey & Friends structure and that cast members would let you park near them if you explained why and they were available. Indeed, this is EXACTLY what happened. We said to the CM, "This is a plug-in car, and we'd love to charge while we're in the park. Could we park near a wall outlet on the north side of the structure?" She looked a LITTLE confused but said, "Sure" and let us through.
Now ... I've read elsewhere that using power without permission is tantamount to stealing. That may be true ....and I guess it's something to think about when you use a "hidden" outlet to charge your iphone! Honestly, the actual charge for a three-hour "re-fueling" (electrically) on a Prius Plug-In is about 70 cents. However, knowing what I know now, I won't do this again.
BUT it would be very, very, very nice if Disney, a company that touts itself as both technologically advanced AND "green-oriented" would contract with a company like ChargePoint to install a few parking spots.
For those who think this is like asking Disney to install some gas pumps, it's completely different, and as someone else pointed out if you need gas at Disneyland, you have a multitude of options near the resort. A plug-in hybrid vehicle takes there hours to reach a full charge and costs very, very little -- and, of course, once charged and when driven in electric-only mode does not emit any pollutants.
I'm not asking to be "rewarded" for my car-purchase decision, but I also know that the Prius Plug-In, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and the new Ford C-Max Energi combined will sell about 6,000-8,000 units in February alone, which means this "fad" is going to have some staying power. Additionally, Disney would not bear the cost of installing the ChargePoint stations -- no doubt a ChargePoint station owner would be HAPPY for this kind of business, and could charge a premium per kWH for charging while at Disneyland. (At a pay-per-use ChargePoint station, I recently paid 63 cents to fully charge my car, but I'd be happy to pay $2 or $3 to do so at Disneyland.)
So, anyway, I was curious if anyone had any insight into whether Disney has plans to install these stations at DL (or WDW for that matter) as they have done at Aulani?
(P.S. For those following my posts, I am not going back on my need to take a Disney break. Today was one of the couple of days I already had planned to take out-of-town guests to the park.)