Electric Vehicles

‘Charge Rage’ Becoming Issue Amongst EV Drivers

February 05, 2014

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

According to a number of recent news reports, some electric vehicle (EV) owners are experiencing something that has become known as “charge rage.” These incidents usually involve people unplugging others’ EVs to assure that they are getting sufficient charge time.

The issue seems to stem from a lack of infrastructure — more EVs than charging stations. With more than 15,000 charging station installations worldwide, ChargePoint recently offered EV owners a list of five tips to reduce the occurrence of “charge rage”:

  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.

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