Clever solutions to sharing EV chargers in the workplace?
October 14, 2013 4:05 PM Subscribe
My workplace is experiencing a surge in electric car ownership, which is awesome. The company has put in four EV charging stations, which have been swamped by the increased demand. Are there any clever suggestions or ideas for how to share the available stations efficiently?
posted by handful of rain to travel & transportation (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've googled for this and haven't found much. We are lobbying to get some additional stations put in, but that is unlikely to happen quickly. Right now there is an internal alias for people who use the chargers, and it is getting a lot of frustrated traffic along the lines of "Please move your cars so someone else can have a chance!". There has also been admonishment that people only charge if they absolutely need a charge to make it home, and that people only charge for as long as needed to make it home and not until they are full. This is taking on a frustrated tone, and it is still left to individuals to be courteous about whether they need to charge and how much. People also report spending a lot of time going out to check the charger availability, which is ultimately wasted/interrupted time at work.
The best I have come up with is putting cell numbers on a list each day for each charger, and then when one person finishes they can text the next number. It doesn't really address the issue of making sure people use the chargers only to the minimum extent possible. Anyone have a better solution, or is there an ap for this? Note that our charging stations do not support reservations.