I had my first experience with public charging this week at Boston Logan Airport. Thanks to MassPort and ChargePoint for the free electrons.
I had to pick up my wife at the airport which is about 50 miles from my house. I didn't feel safe in the chilly weather that I could make it back so I planned to get up to the 6th floor Hybrid Parking area where several chargers are available.
When I arrived at the garage, the not-so-friendly worker directing garage traffic said I needed to park on the 3rd floor. I tried to explain that my car was electric and I needed to get up to 6. He was not very sympathetic, so I went with plan B. I drove around and found another worker in the garage and explained my predicament. He directed me over to a back way and I zig-zagged my way up to the 6th floor. As expected, I had my choice of 8 unoccupied charging stations.
Another worker came over and asked me how these worked. Seems that someone tried to connect through their credit card and he didn't know how to help them. I told him next time to have the customer call the toll-free number on the charger and the nice ChargePoint folks will help out.
I then swiped my keycard and went to wait for my wife. Her plan landed early so I bought her a drink while we waited for the car to juice up enough to get safely home. Hey...does that count as a "date"?