This has always been the bug in my side since seeing the charging spots at various companies that I contract at spring up several years ago as well, and this is the feeling I have as well.
The gas car has been a staple of nearly everyone for over 100yrs, and not one employer that I know of (or have seen) provides a free gas fillup service at work, provided by the employer. If you need gas, you fill up on the way to work, or the way from work, (or other time when it's most convenient). And billions of workers all over the country, have never had a problem with this, or even though that the employer should not only provide a local gas station in the parking lot, let alone provide it for FREE. Why should EV drivers be treated any different, it's their personal choice to buy that technology, you get the good and the bad with it, and have to deal with it. If it's not so convenient to stop on your way to/from work to charge up, then maybe you bought the wrong vehicle. People have had to take gas mileage into consideration for decades when purchasing a gas powered car, how is this responsibility now pushed on (and accepted by) the employers for EV?
It comes down to the old "Carrot and Stick" method of forcing social change in the face of lack of technology or social unacceptance for a political purpose. The government wants you to own an EV, no matter how much it doesn't make sense for a large portion of the population to own one. So what is done?
First the Carrot:
- Offer tax incentives and rebates to purchase the thing/item you want them too to make it artificially cheaper than it really is by spreading the total cost over the entire tax paying populace (ie: those who drive gas cars subsidize the purchase of those EV cars because gas cars don't get the tax credits/rebates).
- Offer reduced rates for electricity if you go along with their plan, everyone else get jacked to pay for electricity, and told to conserve during peak times, but when you by an EV, you get a discounted electric rate. Gas cars do not get discounted anything.
- Next, hey lets let EV drivers drive in the carpool lanes as another "carrot" to sweeten the deal. The gas drivers can sit in heavier traffic because the local municipalities haven't expanded regular lanes in years, all new freeway improvements just results in more carpool lanes an no more regular lanes, but gas drivers still have to deal with the 5+ years of freeway hell during construction of the new carpool lane. (note: here in the bay area, there is a section of I80 that literally has 2 carpool lanes and is the most congested freeway section in the bay area.
- Next, lets mandate that new building provide on-site charging stations to meet EPA requirements, forcing business owners to make it more convenient to charge an EV car... the gas guzzling environment destroyers will still need to leave early if they need gas on the way to work, but not our coveted EV drivers!
- Then building owners/employers offer FREE charging to EV owners because in some places, they aren't allowed to meter and charge for electricity, and they have to provide the spots.
- Because of logistics, the best spots, closest to the building get converted to EV parking/charging, so gas drivers can literally 'take a hike'.
These are all the carrots offered so far, what is worrying, is when the 'stick' part comes. When most of the parking lot is EV, and gas cars are not allowed to park in them. When extra taxes are tacked onto gas to drive the price higher and higher (like sin taxes for other items not in government favor). When more and more lanes of the freeway are converted to EV only lanes, causing more congestion on the gas car lanes. When extra registration taxes/penalties are levied on gas powered cars... or worse.