Electric Car Charging At Work: A How To Guide To Getting It

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to repost this article courtesy of Green Car Reports. Author credit goes to Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield.

You’ve decided to take the plunge and buy an all-electric or plug-in car, and you want to use it as your daily driver to and from work.

Although your car gets a full recharge every night, you’d like to convince your boss to let you plug in at work, or perhaps even have a dedicated charging station installed in your company parking lot.

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But just how do you convince someone to let you plug into an available 110-volt outlet, or go the whole hog and install a level 2 charging station?

We’ve compiled a five-point list to help you along the way, based on our own and others’ personal experience in successfully getting charging stations installed at a place of work.

  • Find an Ally

As with any work-related issue, finding someone who understands your point of view is essential, especially with larger firms.

Start with a colleague that you know well. Bring electric cars into the conversation and see how they react. Educate them on why you’ve chosen and electric car and what you hope to do with it.

Be sure to tell them how little it costs to drive, how well it performs, and how much gasoline you’re saving. Offer them a ride.

Essentially, if you can successfully create an electric-car buzz from the people you work with, convincing higher level management becomes easier, especially if you have a line manager who supports you.

Essentially, the more allies you can pool, the better. If management is presented with a well-supported, cogent argument, they’re more likely to agree to helping you out.

If you work in a large enough firm with a fleet carpool, finding an ally there may help your cause no end. Could your firm buy some electric cars of its own, requiring the firm to install corporate chargers?

But whatever you do in your ally-building process, do not portray your  desire for a charging station as a free perk or something that you have a right to as an electric car driver. You don’t, and pretending you do will only alienate your co-workers.

  • Survey The Area

Before you make a formal request to install a charging point, it’s essential that you do some groundwork to figure out where the best place will be to install a charging point.

Walk around your company parking lot, and identify where the best place is to install a charging station or 110-volt outlet.

Ideally, this should be somewhere near existing power supplies, and not anywhere where there is existing priority parking, such as handicapped or management-reserved spaces.

Try and come up with several different options, including one or two that are in a prominent enough position that they will be noticed by visitors as they park.

1 Comment

  • Reply June 23, 2012

    Ruth Cooper

    Consider exploring solar PV – based generation to support EV charging stations so that the incremental cost of electricity to charge EV’s is not a life-long debt on your company 🙂  Many incentives / incentive programs are currently in place in support of distributed generation of electricity utilizing renewable energy.

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