One Workplace’s Electric Vehicle Charging Solution
Until now, employees at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory were not allowed to plug in their electric vehicles while at the facility run by the U.S. Department of Energy ( the same department which oversaw the government grant program for home & workplace EV chargers).
Today, however, SLAC, based on the Stanford University campus, announced that it will allow employees to plug their vehicles into available 120-volt outlets for a fee of $15 per month which will be deducted from the payroll checks of participating employees.
For Nissan Leaf drivers, a full work day of charging on these Level 1 chargers will bring them only to 70 percent of capacity.
The SLAC story explains that it is considering adding Level 2 chargers later this year. These would allow employees to drive home with a full charges.
This seems like a victory, but it also underlines that not all workplaces are like Facebook and other high tech companies in Silicon Valley where Level 2 EV chargers ( and in some cases fast chargers) are commonplace and often difficult to find unoccupied.
What do you think of the SLAC solution? What is the policy at your workplace when it comes to charging your EV?