Skip to comments.Charge rage on rise over lack of Silicon Valley car charging stations
Posted on 01/20/2014 8:15:52 PM PST by RansomOttawa
An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to access car-charging stations at work, creating incidents of "charge rage" among drivers.
Installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with soaring demand, creating thorny etiquette issues in the workplace, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer for German software company SAP, says the company's 16 charging stations are now not nearly enough for the 61 employees who drive electric vehicles.
Graf says cars are getting unplugged while charging, creating animosity between employees. A charge can take as little as 30 minutes.
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I'm curious, since there aren't enough EVs around here to make this an issue yet. Are these companies providing their employees' cars with free electricity, or is this something the drivers would typically have to pay for?
It’s probably promoted as a perq at the companies. As to dealing with the “rage”, the best solution would be to spend a few bucks to have an “app” written, so that when your car is done, it pings you to let the next person plug in, and also manages the queue. When you get to work in the morning, you “check in” a la “Foursquare”, and the app tracks you on a first-come/first-serve basis, and routes each car to the first available station (since different EVs will have different charge times). You could even put in a function to allow you to charge to a certain level, rather than a full charge, to minimize wait time.
My company in Silicon Valley installed several chargers and I’ve wondered the same thing. This was never discussed when they were unveiled with great fanfare. Looking at the charging stations, I don’t see any way for users to swipe a credit card or otherwise identify themselves.
This plight of the Metrosexuals shall not go unnoticed!
Available charging stations should be a fundamental right for Pajama Boys everywhere!
I’m sure the 9th Circus will find it in the Constitution somewhere.
Just wait for the lawsuits to fly when a person gets crushed under the wheels of a C-Max moving 0.0001 mph.
I've never even seen an electric car. I had no idea this was going on anywhere.
Saw a cmax hooked up to a charging station at work, walking in the other day. I noticed there are about eight or so stations around about. Only that one in use though. I suspect folks ride in at the limit of the vehicle’s range and have to recharge at work to get home. You can see how unplugging a charger might cause some animosity.
I don’t believe this. There are about 10 times as many charging stations than are needed.
Wouldn’t you check on availability of chargers before buying an electric car? I can see why, if the electricity is free there, one would prefer charging at work. (It’s all a gimmick anyway.)
Some brutal slap fights have broken out reportedly.
61 vehicles / 16 charging stations ~ 4 vehicles per charging station
2 hours each
10 - 12
13 - 15
15 - 17
Yess...so you could spend part of the workday jockeying your car around and get paid for it....it would be like an extra coffee break for anyone driving an EV...Brilliant idea!
First world problem
And the quote to buy land to double the size of all parking lots
The owners prolly bill out at $200 hour.
You will need a car jockey with a ring full of Car keys.
I wonder if George Costanza is interested in a west coast job
Perhaps the 9th Circuit Court will order people to open up their homes to allow passing Pajama Boys to charge their vehicles.
After all, since they ignore the 2A they might as well ignore the 4A too.
So i could go to a free charging station and charge a bunch of lead acid cells and bring them home and use the energy to heat my home?
I did consider that, and my first thought was, who in their right mind buys a vehicle that they can't guarantee will be able to make the round trip?
I was thinking wait for the lawsuit- when someone leaves a child in the car and said child is fried like a ant
“16 charging stations are now not nearly enough for the 61 employees”
hmmm. 61/16 = 4.
8 / 4 = 2!
Simple. Every two hours give the electric drivers a 30 minute break to switch off.
Yep. For the same reason I would think twice before buying a car powered by propane, natural gas, or some other alternative fuel. I'd like to know I'd be able to get it back home from wherever I drive it. Gasoline is ubiquitous; other fuel types, not as much yet. I'm all for fuel economy and clean cars—as long as the reason is because the car is designed to pollute less, not because it's sitting useless in the breakdown lane.
Ha...just wait till some enterprising guy sets up a fake electric car and transports the free electricity back home for his own use.....
not too difficult to do with a fuel cell....or even a big battery pack.
Like a full sized van full of batteries . . .
I have a diesel. I plan in advance to be filled up before I go someplace where it is not readily available. Diesel’s easy to get near interstates; in small remote towns, not so much.
All that brilliance in SV, and these dolts didn’t consider that when buying the vehicle? They deserve it.
Well boo hoo hoo. They should call an electric waaambulance! I find it impossible to access a gasoline pump at my place of work and do just fine.
Just wait for that special accident where the lens focuses on the pinned driver or other occupant, and fries em.
Yes, I am sure they have homes with outlets. But here may be the problem. The Chevy Volt, for example, gets about 20 miles or so on a charge before it needs to use gasoline power. If someone drove 15 miles to work, he will want to charge up to get back home. Other plug in hybrids have the same kind of capability — if fully charged, they can go a certain distance using just the battery pack.
Most only get a certain range so they most likely charge before they leave for work and then they would have to charge again to get home I believe.
Wait until summer and things will really sizzle
Betcha not a lot of work is done by employees who drive EVs, as they must stand around to plug their cars in when a slot opens up and then stand around while it charges so they can can unhook and free up the slot for the next EV.
If they drove automobiles instead of Tonka Toys they wouldn’t need charging stations!
Are they paying for these charges? If it is free, that leads to over demand
Imagine looking out the window at the parking circus every 2 hours
Anyone with half a brain can see the value of setting up a car charging business to meet the demand. Given the apparent ‘rage,’ an smart business person could make a mint. then of course, create jobs to have people operate the stations and provide other minor services.
EV owners want their electricity for free I bet
No wonder there are few of them set up.
Wait until people start charging battery packs in the trunks of their gas powered cars at these charging stations and then powering their home for free...
This story gave me a happy.
Big advantage to gasoline/diesel. Full tank in a couple minutes. No waiting.
Where I work (northern VA) the electric cars get free charging. The deal is that building owner gets to pretend they are “green” and pick up some subsidies. They also have mostly empty bike racks for the same reason. The primary purpose of electric cars, rooftop solar and other such nonsense is to pick up subsidies.
The rage is no doubt hastened by the buyer’s remorse these ideologues must be experiencing.
The “problem” here is that the charging system costs about $2,000 and probably requires a new 240V circuit in your electrical box, which means another couple of hundred for an overpriced electrician. That’s why everybody wants to use somebody else’s charger.
Liberals not doing due diligence? Can this be possible?
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