HannahWCU wrote:Do any of you charge at work and if you do, does your company have a formal policy for this that you can share?
I charge at work all the time. There are at least 50 employee-owned electric vehicles in use where I work, and about 35 charging spots, with a 75/25 mix of Level 2 and Level 1 stations. There are also four Telsa high-power stations (not superchargers, just the same high-power Tesla EVSE you could install at home). All charging is free to employees.
The company installed a few ChargePoint stations (and painted the spots with big green and white "EV ONLY" graphics) a few years ago when the first employees starting arriving with EVs. As more and more employees starting getting EVs, some drivers began noticing that there were several wall outlets around the garage and began using them (with their own portable EVSEs) when all the ChargePoint stations were in use.
As this situation grew, I believe a breaker or two was tripped and so the company responded by installing official "Level 1 charging spots" (again, colorfully painted) with dedicated wall outlets, each on their own circuit, to prevent any overload issues. They asked employees to refrain from using any outlet that wasn't associated with an official charging spot, and "unofficial" use of other outlets has not been a problem since.
The dedicated L1 spots are great for people who don't need a full charge by the end of the day, or perhaps only need to top-off a partially empty battery over the course of working 8-10 hours. I know with my FFE, 10 hours on L1 can easily put back 50% charge. I often use an L1 spot, sometimes even when there are free L2 spots, because I know there are other employees who could make better use of the higher-power stations than I need to.
The company also set up an internal email alias to discuss EV related issues with HR and facilities, and a mailing list for employees to communicate about sharing the stations. The employees also set up their own internal wiki page to document every EV, listing each other's license plate, car info, and email address. That way, we are also easily able to get in touch with each other about our cars (to ask if charging is done, coordinate swapping spots, etc.). The wiki also documents some "etiquette guidelines", such as "charging door open" means "please plug me in after you", not to unplug a charging car, that EV spots are always first-come first served, and so on. (Employees wrote these guidelines.)
In general, sharing the EV spots goes very smoothly each day. The employees honestly respect it as a perk, and courteously coordinate with each other to ensure the perk is made available fairly. We certainly don't want the company to see us bickering over the stations in any way, and decide that they are more trouble that they are worth.
Recently, due to the large and growing number of employee EVs, the company installed several more ChargePoint stations (as well as the four Telsa stations), upped the number of EV spots from around 20 to the current total of 35, and also began providing valet parking for the new ChargePoint spots/stations. That is, just drop of your EV in the morning and the valet will return it with a full charge by the end of the day. All the original spots/stations were left for "self-service" employee use, for those who prefer to not use the valet. On the weekends, all stations are generally available for employee self-service.
(Oh, and btw, the ChargePoint stations are "locked" only for company use... every employee who wants to use them needs to authorize their ChargePoint account with a special code. The L1 and Tesla spots are located inside a garage to which only employees have access. This all keeps the spots from being used by the general public.)
Lastly, most of the time, non-EV use of the EV spots is not an issue, but parking (in general) is in very high demand at my workplace. I'm amazed there isn't more trouble with non-EVs taking the EV spots. But, the spots are very obviously marked and it is very rare that a non-EV takes an EV spot. This may also having something to do with the fact that the EV spots are filled up just as quickly (if not more quickly) with EVs every morning as the regular spots are filled with other cars. That said, I also think, fortunately, most non-EV drivers know to stay out of the spots and that, while not enforced in a Draconian manner, the company frowns upon non-EV use of the EV spots. (Besides, the valets will also park gassers, so that is the preferred answer for anybody who is unable to easily find a space.)