PSEG’s 13 Free Workplace Chargers Fill Up With Employees Racing Out to Buy Plug-In Vehicles


Remember when we told you that PSEG was installing 13 workplace chargers at its headquarters in New Jersey?086422-pseg-opens-largest-electric-car-charging-facility-new-jersey.1

Those chargers came with the added benefits of free “fueling” through 2016 for PSEG employees.

Do you think that was incentive enough to convince PSEG employees to head out to buy a plug-in vehicles?

Turns out, it was (it may have been free parking too, which is valued at around $600 annually in the area of PSEG’s headquarters).

A total of 10 PSEG employees immediately hit the road in search of the perfect plug-in to take advantage of free parking and free charging.

Those employees bought vehicles ranging from Nissan LEAFs and Honda Fit EVs, to Chevy Volts, Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid and even a Ford Fusion Energi.

We’re not at all surprised that the promise of free charging and parking convinced the PSEG employees to buy plug-ins.  In fact, we think that if other workplaces followed the lead of PSEG, then employees there would do the same.

Oh, one last note, PSEG’s 13 chargers represent the single largest grouping of charge points in the state of New Jersey.

And you’re probably wondering what it’ll cost PSEG for all this plug-in goodness, right?  Well, PSEG says a $25,000 electrical upgrade was required and estimates that electricity will cost ’em an extra $400 per year per vehicle.

Source: NJ Spotlight

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10 Comments on "PSEG’s 13 Free Workplace Chargers Fill Up With Employees Racing Out to Buy Plug-In Vehicles"

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I bet they would have bought some of them even if parking wasn’t free – getting what amounts to 8.00 of fuel per charging (for a 20 mpg car) each workday would be an incentive to go lease.

How did they manage a Honda Fit EV? They’re only available in California, lease only and were sold out.

No, Honda expanded the program to 9 states.

I’m one of 3 Fit EV owners in RI.

Honda expanded the program to 8 states back in feb 2013.

Not to be a wet blanket, but let me guess this benefit is for employees at a certain level and up.

I like to see it customer service employees can use them.

$25,000 for 13 chargers? That sounds really inexpensive to me. Seems to me I’ve heard outdoor installations typically cost up to $10,000 each. Maybe because they only had to do certain tasks once (like running conduit)? Either way, it’s good to see a major employer get in the game.

PSEG is a utility company…I’m sure some deals were made to keep the price low.

$25k does sounds cheap for 13 stations in a public install – that figure probably does not include charging hardware which costs at least $600-700 but more typically $1000-2000 per station.

But that said, there are economies of scale to be had when installing these stations – there’s a fixed cost just to bring a construction crew out to do these parking lot installs. Installing 2 stations in a parking lot isn’t going to cost much more than installing 1 station, for example. So if you have the electricity capacity, installing 13 stations probably gets the cost per station down significantly.

Chargepoint just came out with these dual-head stations which can be installed on a single 40A circuit and split the power between two cars if both are using them, or give a single car full power. This effectively gives you twice the plugs for whatever the extra cost of the station is compared to a single plug station. Very handy when your typical plug-in only uses half the capacity of a 40A circuit (16A).

“……. PSEG says a $25,000 electrical upgrade was required and estimates that electricity will cost ‘em an extra $400 per year per vehicle.”

$400 per year per vehicle sounds like worst case. Not plugging in at home and topping off at work or used by employees who live 65-75 miles from work.


Workplace charging does not seem sustainable. Say you’re lucky and your 1000+ cars workplace installs a couple of chargers. Super! Easily done, add a couple of new circuits, shell out a few thousand bucks, et voila!

Now say EVs get popular and now you need 20 charging stations. Uhm, ok, your company decides to be green, they install a 20+ kW PV canopy, a new circuit panel, dig a whole lot of concrete, spend a few hundred thousand dollars, et la encore!

And then say EVs get really, really popular in a couple of years, so much so that every 5th car is an EV. Now your workplace needs 200 charging stations! Merveilleux! Even the power utility company would have a hard time pulling that off.

The bottom line is we do not need workplace charging. We need longer range EVs and we need better home charging, especially for people in multi-dwelling domiciles.

Workplace charging is very necessary. For short range PHEVs, it can significantly increase the number EV miles driven. For your typical EV, it can enable employees who have longer commutes to make additional trips in the middle of the day or enable a round-trip without range anxiety.

For most cases, a simple 120V/20A outlet would do, though an actual charging station is preferable.

To make sure that people only use it when necessary and to allow other non-employees to use them outside of business hours, have the stations bill at a cost just slightly more than whatever the night-time cost to charge is. That way people will still be incentivised to charge off-peak at night at home if they can, but won’t feel bad about plugging in during the day if they need to and non-plugin owners can’t complain that other employees are getting free “fuel”.