Workplace Charging

Workplace charging: Why is it needed and why it is not happenning fast enough

For those of who have longer commutes and a life after work, the availability to charge at work can be a lifesaver. On the other hand, those of us who do not have that opportunity it brings the term “range anxiety” to a whole new level.

As for myself, despite my workplace (a federal government agency) having a Level 2 charging station, it is currently reserved for only GSA owned vehicles. This is basically a punch in the gut if you have to charge to get home. I lease a Chevy Spark EV and the 74 mile official range is too close for comfort for a 32 mile commute each way. I have had to on multiple occasions go to a nearby charging station to make sure I had enough range to get home.

Now you may say what’s the big deal?

To start with, if I could charge at work, I would gladly pay a competitive fee for it as I would rather not have to leave as the area in which I work is not the safest. The other pin prick of it all is that the argument is that you are “stealing” electricity. By that logic, every employee with a toaster, coffee maker, fan, space heater etc... is stealing electricity.

FAST (No so FAST act) ACT

Now, there is light at the end of the tunnel since the passing of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), there is now a law on the books requiring that federal agencies have charging stations available for their employees. However, at least for me, this process seems to be taking forever. I am starting to suspect that the powers that be are purposely holding an action to see if the current administration will overturn the law.

If you happen to be in the same situation the DOE (Department of Energy) does have a pretty nice page listing some resources that be used to push your respective authorities to get this going. See links below:

Workplace Charging at Federal Facilities

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