Silicon Valley Sees Shortage Of Electric Car Charge Stations

CBS San Francisco

PALO ALTO (CBS/AP) — An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to charge their cars at work, creating incidents of “charge rage” among drivers competing for charging access.

Installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with demand, creating thorny etiquette issues in the workplace.

Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer for German software company SAP, says the company’s 16 charging stations are now not near enough for the 61 employees who drive electric vehicles.

Graf says cars are getting unplugged while charging, creating animosity between employees. The company is drafting guidelines for EV-driving employees.

ChargePoint, which operates a large EV-charging network, says companies should provide one charging port for every two electric vehicles.

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