I grew up in the SF bay area and live there for 32 years before making the the move to Redmond and now I work from home. Back when I used to commute to Microsoft, I had a less than a 3 mile drive and used to gas the car up every other month. This would in theory a good scenario for an electric car, but I don’t think an electric car pays for itself when you drive less than 3,000 miles a year.
When I go to the bay area I borrow one of family’s cars and can get 45 mpg in a VW diesel. When driving I see lots of EV. Given Bay Area commutes there are probably many who count on getting a charge at work. All sounds good until you get to work and find there are no EV spots.
Here is a MercuryNews article on the problem of not enough EV chargers.
'Charge rage': Too many electric cars, not enough workplace chargers
SAP is one company highlighted.
Just three years later, SAP faces a problem that is increasingly common at Silicon Valley companies -- far more electric cars than chargers. Sixty-one of the roughly 1,800 employees on the campus now drive a plug-in vehicle, overwhelming the 16 available chargers. And as demand for chargers exceeds supply, a host of thorny etiquette issues have arisen, along with some rare but notorious incidents of "charge rage."
"In the beginning, all of our EV drivers knew each other, we had enough infrastructure, and everyone was happy. That didn't last for long," said Peter Graf, SAP's chief sustainability officer and the driver of a Nissan Leaf. "Cars are getting unplugged while they are actively charging, and that's a problem. Employees are calling and messaging each other, saying, 'I see you're fully charged, can you please move your car?'"
This is probably just the beginning of EV charging problems. Can you imagine running power all over a parking lot? EV charging tends to be close to a building.