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2018 Toyota Prius Prime: Airport Charging

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author photo by Brian Moody October 2017

One huge advantage of the Toyota Prius Prime is the car's versatility. A few times last month, I didn't feel like bothering with the free chargers I can use at work. I knew I was in for a long day, so I just parked where I wanted and didn't think about it for the rest of the day. Thankfully, the gas/electric setup allows me to do that. A pure EV doesn't.

Another advantage is free charging at the airport. I frequently use Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and they have free charging. I know several other airports have this too -- LAX is one I know of, and Nashville is another (so there's probably a lot of grateful Leaf owners in Nashville).

In Atlanta, the free chargers get you a slightly better-than-usual parking spot on the ground level of the Daily Parking structure. They're level one chargers, so it's not quick, but most visits to the Daily Parking structure are, for me at least, 24 hours. I still have to pay for the parking, but there's no charge for the electricity.

Last month, the section where the chargers are located was full. I doubt the EV spaces were full; there appear to be about 20 in the South Parking area. Still, I couldn't get to the free charger, so I just parked anywhere. If this car was a pure EV, I don't know what I would've done. That's one problem with the charging setup in Atlanta -- I can't tell ahead of time if the chargers are available. If the general parking area where they're located is full, I can't get to the free chargers. I'm grateful for those chargers, but the system could be a little better.

I get that driving in an electric car and lugging the fuel tank and engine around is inefficient. But that setup has made my life easier on several occasions.

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