Thanks for chiming in and for your and AEP's support of the EV community. Just wondering, how far is AEP's reach in Central Ohio? I work in West Chester (between Cincinnati & Dayton) and the paucity of charging options compared to Columbus is depressing. Trying to get the LL of my company's building to even install / authorize use of a 120v outlet, much less install a charger, has been maddening.
Toward the direction of West Chester, AEP Ohio service territory only reaches slightly beyond Franklin county.
I completely understand your pain about workplace charging. From my experience, some employers are hesitant to allow charging or install chargers for a couple reasons:
1. They may not understand the technology and are fearful of the impact to their electricity bill. A simple calculation can show them that a couple EVs charging all day probably won’t even be noticed on their electricity bill.
2. There may be issues with equality of benefits among employees (i.e. Why should EVs get free electricity, but people with gas vehicles don’t get free gas?) To overcome this issue, some employers charge a fee to EV drivers to offset the electricity usage so it’s not considered a benefit.
3. Many employers lack a mechanism to collect a fee for charging. Within some AEP locations, we charge employees for parking, so we have the mechanism already in place to deduct charging fees from employees’ paychecks. A possible way around the fee collection issue: Employers could install a networked Level II charger and have the charger manufacturer take care of the billing.
4. Some employers may view chargers and electrical work as cost prohibitive. There may be grants available for charger installation. Clean Fuels Ohio may have info on grants available in Ohio. Also, Coulomb Technologies is offering a free charger to businesses with 50 or more employees at the location.
Good luck with the charging!