German software company SAP has experienced this social tension at its Palo Alto campus. In 2010, installing 16 charging ports was more than enough; now 61 of about 1,800 employees have EVs but there are still only 16 chargers. It's getting desperate enough for EV owners that they're sometimes unplugging another car so that they can charge up and make it home, Peter Graf, SAP's chief sustainability officer who also drives a Nissan Leaf, told the San Jose Mercury News.
It's gotten to the point where SAP is now putting together guidelines for EV-driving employees. ChargePoint CEO Pat Ramono advises clients that they should install one charger for every two employees who drive an EV. "Having two chargers and 20 electric cars is worse than having no chargers and 20 electric cars," Romano said. Yahoo should know, since over 100 emloyees who drove EVs regularly tussle there over limited access to charging ports. Read more – including about how network control company Infoblox has ben able to alleviate "charge rage" - over at the San Jose Mercury News.