almost all charging network companies have a business model based around getting consumers to eventually pay for the network, whether via per-kWh charges, per-minute charges, memberships, or something else along those lines
An attractive charging station is often a great place to get great visibility from high-rolling early adopters as well as more broadly since they are often in high-foot-traffic areas.
Volta will provide the first free electric vehicle charging stations on a public right of way in California that are not funded by taxpayer dollars. The stations are located next to the BART parking garage at 1501 MacDonald Avenue. In exchange, instead of funding charging infrastructure with the city’s limited budget, Richmond gets a free charging network for its residents.
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