Re: Difficult to blame him
"End of the day they will be getting revenue from every single one of them (probably at a premium compared to you @home tariff)"
Revenue is not profit; based on electricity prices I can't see that the electricity companies are going to make much profit from this investment. Add to that the scenario where many owners will just charge their vehicles at home and/or at work (not an option for most owners of internal combustion powered vehicles) and there doesn't seem to be much incentive for them to pay for this.
The vehicle manufacturers have the most to lose in this, without a charging infrastructure they can't convince some people to swap to electric; whether this is a big impact on the potential market or not is something for analysts to look into (i.e. if you can charge your car every night at home, how many times would you need to charge elsewhere?).
If, or when, electric becomes common for commercial vehicles then there would be another use-case for public charging; this might involve truck stops where patrons can charge their vehicle whilst they have a meal, so the charging time is less of an issue for the user. Similarly motels can install charging points and add the cost on to the bill; so the motel has an additional selling point.
At the end of the day, I can't see public charging points working like the current-day gas station, where you stop for five minutes and the profit on the fuel is significant to the operator; the future is more likely to be that the charging point is an additional service that adds to an existing business. McCharge anyone?