PHOTOS - Electric Vehicle charging now available at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Oct 15, 2015 in "Disney's Animal Kingdom"

Disney's Animal Kingdom Electric Vehicle Chargers
Posted: Thursday October 15, 2015 10:11am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's Animal Kingdom becomes the third location at Walt Disney World to offer electric vehicle charging.

There are four Level 2 chargers located near the front of the parking lot, close to the taxi pickup zone.

Operated by ChargePoint, the cost to charge a car is $.35 per kw/h, with a minimum charge cost of $1.50. Like all ChargePoint stations, they are available on a first come, first served basis, with payment via credit card at the charge station, or via a ChargePoint account card, which you can obtain free from ChargePoint.

Epcot was the first at Walt Disney World to receive charging stations in August 2014, with Disney Springs chargers following in June 2015.

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RSoxNo1Oct 18, 2015

Ludacris is replacing Aerosmith on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster?

Bret with 1tOct 18, 2015

It's better than the Aerosmith ride. Ludacris mode is 0 - 60 in 2.8 seconds. Rock 'n Roller Coaster is 0 - 56 in 2.8 seconds.

chargeragOct 16, 2015

Disney should do a ride where you get to ride around in a Tesla on a race track. My understanding is the Ludicrous mode on the Model S is a lot like taking off on the Aerosmith ride.

TomHendricksOct 16, 2015

Since you seem pretty ignorant about electric vehicles, the Tesla Model S gets over 200 miles to a charge. So you can go from NYC to Baltimore on a single charge, it is only about 188 miles. So those Teslas you see puttering around, can do that for days without charging really. So I guess you don't have a cell phone? Because after some use, you will have to plug it in.

GoofyernmostOct 16, 2015

Yup, that's pretty unusual for them to charge a lot for things.;) Maybe it was just a mistake and they actually pay you to let them charge up your car as a gesture of appreciation for helping the environment. Hey, it could happen, but, don't count on my opinion, my pacemaker is running low.:in pain::jawdrop::joyfull:

wdwmagicOct 16, 2015

It varies depending on the individual, but in many cases, a typical daily drive is less than 50 miles. Take something like a Volt or Leaf, which can both do 50 miles on electric. That means they charge overnight, do the daily driving on pure electric, return home, and recharge. There is rarely any need to actually charge outside of the home. In the case of the Volt, it then has a gas engine that fires up after the first electric 50 miles to allow continued range like a regular car.

The Empress LillyOct 16, 2015

Wow WDW charges a lot... (like 'charge, and, erm, 'parking lot', and...yeah...)

The Empress LillyOct 16, 2015

And my phone in just 2.5! And @Goofyernmost 's pacemaker in 1.5!

DisneyOutsiderOct 16, 2015

That's the ticket! Condescendingly judge a whole group of people based on a tech they use that you obviously know nothing about.

alphac2005Oct 16, 2015

Do you own an EV? I've not suffered range loss at 86 degrees. I'm not trying to sound combative, but us EV owners and enthusiasts get rather tired about all of the misinformation. Your range varies upon so many factors including terrain, temperature, driving style, and driving type (highway, in-town, stop and go regenerative). My only range loss occurs when temperatures are in the 60s and below or if the overnight charge is cold. We have days right now at 80/50 F and I'll have a charge up to 72-76 miles at that overnight temperature versus 78-84 when the temperature overnight is warmer.

PadraigOct 16, 2015

EV range suffers loses in both temperature extremes. Anything above 30celsius will result in range loss. However if someone has a leaf and is only getting 30 miles distance, then there's something extremely wrong with the car.

alphac2005Oct 16, 2015

You're right and I was hoping that was sarcasm, but I'm not so sure about that. I'm a proud EV owner and there continues to be a relentless disinformation campaign around the country about EVs. It's no surprise, the industry (GM) buried the EV1, but what most people don't understand that between CARB and CAFE, we will have a sizable amount of EVs around the country within a matter of years. I'm in the second highest concentrated market in the country and it's staggering. Once you own an EV, it's incredibly hard to imagine buying anything but especially since the concerns about range are all but going to vanish within the next two or three years.

alphac2005Oct 16, 2015

I'm an EV owner. And to be very honest, you're quite off on your perceptions of an EV. Real world range of the Leaf at 30 MPG? That isn't even close. You're also completely off about heat. The warmer the temperature, the range improves. The sweet spot is 75-80 degrees F for battery mileage. As for highway driving, it's just like an ICE, go too fast, you effect your range (or MPG in ICE terms), but most EVs outside of Teslas have a lower maximum speed. I can only go 83 MPG max, which is fine by me. You fail to mention that EVs work like hybrids and regenerate, but in this case, regenerate the battery pack propelling the car. I have a stretch of highway that one way I can lose 8 miles of range, but going the other way can gain 12 miles of range. It all depends. And, even the latest study, which was published within the past few weeks, has proven without a doubt that even an EV that has all of its electricity generated from a coal powered plant is vastly more friendly than an ICE for the environment. I'd be happy to fill you in on any questions that you have. The area where I live has one of the highest concentrations of EVs in the nation. I literally can't go a quarter of a mile without seeing several.

halltdOct 16, 2015

I hope this is sarcasm, because there are plenty of all-electric cars that would make it to DAK and back (and then some). I live north of downtown which is about a 20-mile drive one-way. PLENTY of EVs have a range longer than 40-miles...usually much more. Ford Focus, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, and plenty others have 80+ mile ranges.