Just at the end of 2013, EV and plug-in sales had reached nearly 170,000 with about 10,000 sales in December alone. For the majority of these EV drivers, charging at work is the second most popular location to plug in after home charging.
ChargePoint has over 15,300 charging locations nationally, over half of which are located at workplaces. As such, they have collected a list of how companies are dealing with a high demand for charging at work keeping drivers happy and plugged in.
1. Scale Up
Workplaces have recognized they need one charging spot for every two EVs. This allows people to plug in when they get to work and then move their charged car at lunch so others can plug in during the afternoon. As EV popularity rises, it’s also important to anticipate the future need for charging stations. Don’t just install the number of ports needed now, pre-wire and install for what you will need in the years to come.
2. Location, Location, Location
Install the stations in a place that multiple parking spots can access the port. Ensure there is adequate signage that makes it clear the parking spots are for plug-in vehicles. For drivers – don’t hog an EV parking space – only park in designated charging spots if you need to charge.
3. Valet ‘Bowl’
Many companies have a bowl at the front desk where employees leave their keys so that their car, once charged, can be moved to make room for another employee.
4. Get on the List
Companies have found that creating a community dashboard or email list connecting EV drivers within a company is a good way to ensure cooperation and efficiency in getting everyone plugged in and charged.
5. Book Your Spot
Some companies treat EV parking spots like a conference room. Also, through ChargePoint, companies can also set up a reservations feature that drivers can access on the mobile app and website.
For the most part, EV drivers are very respectful. Don’t unplug people even if you’re in desperate need for a charge. On the other hand, if you don’t need a full charge, leave a note letting folks know it’s OK to unplug you.