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High-school students with licenses who are looking for driving gigs, rejoice! There could be more valet-parking jobs opening up – and ones that aren't just at expensive restaurants and private parties. Here's what Forbes contributor Jeff McMahon is suggesting, though we're not sure if he's being totally earnest.

After speaking with ComEd's Mike McMahan, McMahon wrote that a jump in electric-vehicle sales could create EV-valet jobs. The idea is that many EV owners leave their cars parked and recharging all day at charging stations near work or at train stations, when in fact the vehicle may only need a couple of hours to "fill up."

In the real world, this situation has already led to some altercations from EV owners who unplug other people's cars to get their electron fix – sometimes this becomes quite public. To solving the problem, in come the EV valets. These would be people who would be able to swap out fully-charged EVs for those waiting in line without the owners being there. No word on whether such a job would require a red bow tie and a black vest.

If this isn't just a solution looking for a problem, the EV valet scenario is likely years away, given the current the rate of EV sales in the U.S. September sales numbers just came out, and while plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius Plug-in each moved about 3,000 units last month. Even though it had the highest sales totals in 12 months, the Nissan Leaf – and other pure electric vehicles – are not selling in record high numbers.


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      Spec
      • 3 Months Ago
      I like the fact that they are so confident that there will be enough EVs out there that they'll be competing for charger space.
      Naturenut99
      • 3 Months Ago
      I'd still put it in the category of solution looking for a problem. This seems like a crossbreed of courier and valet. People running all over town with people's keys and parking locations. They would have to be heavily bonded/insured. And background checks since it wouldn't be just for a single lot/garage. I've never liked (truly despise mostly) valet service to begin with, so I can't say I'd ever use it. While there are those instances where this could work. In reality, best if installations keep up with demand and owners agree to let others unplug them ONLY AFTER THEY ARE FULLY CHARGED. For now the biggest problem I've run into is regular cars parking in EV spots. Unbelievable, how many times I've seen that. One garage in Chicago, had at least 2 (x2 J1772, x2 120v or just 2 extra "on deck" spots for the J1772) charging stations with 4 spots. Guess what, all 4 were taken with ice's. I had to get them to let me out without paying. They said they couldn't do anything about it. How about enforcing the EV's only for those spots. I think those people need to start being towed.
      Duck
      • 3 Months Ago
      Yeah, with a hurting economy and suffering middle-class, what everyone needs are more expensive vallets... *rolleyes* What they need to work on to sell me on EVs are better battery packs and warranty assurances. Right now they are NOT holding up well in the Southern states, and are very quickly losing max charge capacity due to the high heat that comes baking off of our streets on 100oF+ days (which seem more and more frequent these days).
      EZEE
      • 3 Months Ago
      No brainer actually. 'Here you are sir(hands over keys). And she's fully charged.' (Hand outstretched for tip) I like...
        Marcopolo
        • 3 Months Ago
        @EZEE
        @Ezee Arrogant young jerk zooms up in a Fisker Karma, throws keys to 'Valet', demanding "see that it's fully charged, when I return " ! Disenchanted, broke, failed 'wanna be' rock/film star , passer-by, from Wheeling, West Virginia, who was just brooding on how to get home from L.A. Cal, catches the keys with delight, and sets of on a memorable road trip.......:)
        Marcopolo
        • 3 Months Ago
        @EZEE
        @ Ezee Arrogant young jerk zooms up in a Fisker Karma, throws keys to 'Valet' , demading "make sure it's charged and waiting" ! Disenchanted, failed, broke, 'wanna be' rock/film star from Wheeling, West Virginia, who was wondering how to get home from LA, Cal, is delighted with his good fortune, and sets off on a memorable road trip......... :)
      Levine Levine
      • 3 Months Ago
      As the remaining high-paying jobs in manufacturing and industry disappear altogether, America will offer its workforce EV charging valet jobs. Let's blame the 1% for investing in EV infrastructure and if that doesn't work, blame the Chinese for making the EV charging machines.
      Rotation
      • 3 Months Ago
      Not going to happen. Chargers will be come cheaper and have multiple connectors on them and then the charger will switch between cars automatically. The idea we need a labor-based solution to move these plugs around is madness.
      Abe
      • 3 Months Ago
      Simple solution, meter the parking at the change spot not the actual charging. That way the EV owner is compelled to take a 15 minute break and run to their car to move it after it has been fully charged!
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