Federal Workplace Charging

This page compiles a list of U.S. Government Federal Facilities that allow workplace charging of personal electric vehicles.  EV owners are happy to pay for their electricity usage.  If you are aware of additional facilities, please let us know!

Update on Dec. 4 2015: There is now explicit authorization from Congress for federal agencies to deploy charging stations at federal facilities, for use in charging personal EVs, on a remibursable basis!

President Obama has signed H.R. 22, the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).” This legislation contains a modified version of the bipartisan EV-COMUTE Act introduced by Rep. Lofgren (D-Ca.) and others earlier this year. You may access the FAST Act conference report (see section 1413(c) on page H8707) at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2015-12-01/pdf/CREC-2015-12-01-pt1-PgH8679-2.pdf.

Section 1413(c) authorizes the GSA Administrator, or the head of a Federal agency, to install, construct, operate, and maintain on a reimbursable basis a battery recharging station (or allow, on a reimbursable basis, the use of a 120-volt electrical receptacle for battery recharging) in a parking area that is in the custody, control, or administrative jurisdiction of the GSA or the Federal agency for the use of only privately owned vehicles of Federal employees and others who are authorized to park in such area to the extent such use by only privately owned vehicles does not interfere with or impede access to the equipment by Federal fleet vehicles.

Thanks to Sarah Olexsak of DOE for passing along this big news!

U.S. Government Federal Facilities that allow workplace charging of personal electric vehicles:

U.S. Congress
Congress has passed legislation to allow members of Congress to charge their personal EVs at congressional parking lots in the Capitol grounds (DC).

Department of Defense (DOD)
Navy Exchanges (NEX) in California and Maryland have deployed charging stations, with more on the way.

Department of Energy (DOE)
The DOE allows charging at the Forrestal (DC) and Germantown (MD) headquarters buildings, with funds collected through the garage operator.

The DOE also allows charging at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a DOE government research laboratory in Richland, Washington (WA).  There are twelve level two charging stations available for employee use through the ChargePoint network.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (TN), managed by UT-Battelle for the DOE, has deployed dozens of charging stations as part of a demonstration project.

Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Potomac Yard facility in Alexandria, VA offers charging at its parking location managed by a third-party vendor, with fees collected through the ChargePoint network.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA Kennedy Space Center (FL) has installed a few charging stations.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The NIH in Bethesda, MD has deployed a pilot charging station program on its main campus, currently funded by the NIHFCU.  See EVA/DC description of these NIH stations here, and official NIH details here.

The NIH Fishers Lane facility in Rockville, MD, also offers charging at its parking garage managed by a third-party vendor, with fees collected through the Blink network.

Whipple Federal Building
The Whipple Federal Building (MN) is being renovated and will place 18 L2 EVSEs into service in 2014.  This building has federal tenants including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) , Department of Interior (DOI) – Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).


37 thoughts on “Federal Workplace Charging

  1. I wish the VA Healthcare system in Long Beach would install one. I have a Nissan Leaf and was told in an email that the government cannot give away electricity to its employees. How supportive is that?

    • Ask them if people charge their cell phones, laptops and PDAs? Listen to radios or cd players? Use heaters or fans or additional lighting? Those motorized chairs?

      The Federal Government gives thousands in tax incentives!

    • I recently began working at VA Connecticut and cannot plug in my Honda Fit EV for the same reason, I am also surprised that a federal agency makes it impossible to commute in a o emission vehicle……

  2. I currently work full time at a Military Base in San Antonio, Texas. Being right at the limit of a Nissan Leaf Range, some days I might need an extra kWHr to make it back home. I was ready to purchase the vehicle this week, September 9, 2013, but had to cancel the purchase at Gunn Nissan. You would think the Military would be the early adopters of new technolgy for EVs. No, can not charge on base.

  3. Providing a charging station should never be thought of as “giving away electricity”. To encourage and support consumer investment in electric vehicle (EV) technology, the charging stations should be provided without cost. This should be thought of similarly as providing heat (at work) during winter and air conditioning (at work) during summer. We should want people to buy and use EVs and, to make this practical, people will need no-cost charging stations at work (as well as at their homes which would be at their cost).

    • I agree that we do want to encourage the adoption of EVs but not that free electricity is akin to heat and air conditioning at work. It is more akin to gasoline and diesel which is not provided to all others who drive to work. While I am an EV advocate and employed in this field, I fear the entitled attitude of many EV drivers does more harm than good. The electricity and infrastructure costs are paid for by someone, who is subsidizing these costs? Society as a whole? Even those who don’t drive, sometimes it seems like anyone but the EV driver is ok with them. Until the externalities or social benefits are better monitized and available to offset costs of providing these benefits, EV users do need to pay their own way, it still makes good economic sense on a TCO lifecycle cost basis.

      • Paying for charging stations would be akin to paying Metro-passes for those who commute via train or bus. You’re saying those who don’t drive would be paying for those who use electrically powered vehicle? Dare to compare. How about those who do not live in the city, having to pay MTA taxes? Face it life is not fair. But getting on your high horse about a few kilowatts? Come on

        • But it’s ok if we taxpayers subsidize the oil and coal industry. You’re logic is flawed. Eliminate 100% of the corporate welfare, then you can talk about not wanting to subsidize charging stations.

        • Concur. The federal government will give any employee in the national capital region (around DC) up to $130 per month to pay for mass transit commutes to and from work, not to mention local area vouchers and subsidies for meetings and the like which require you to travel around town. This is no different–trying to get commuters off the road to reduce emissions. Plus it’s good enough for congress, so why not average citizens?

  4. This is truly a grey area when someone puts out an email stating ” government cannot give away electricity to its employees”.

    Considering government employees routinely use personal portable heaters, personal radios, plug in their cell phones/laptops at lounges in govt. office buildings, go and purchase personal mini-fridges and use them in their govt. office spaces.
    All those uses add up. And using a level 1 charge for an EV in desperate need takes up no more electricity than a portable heater and mini-fridge.

    The hypocrisy of that email statement is absurd. Govt needs to come out with official policy.

  5. I currently work at one of the Military Bases in the San Antonio Area. Last year, I was going to purchase an EV but found out the base would not allow any charging of EVs. Well, I canceled the purchase at the last minute. Today, I still drive my old Diesel Truck burning 200 gallons a month commuting. Perhaps if this email makes it to the right department, a change can occur. I did offer to pay but they (the military base) had no way to collect the funds.

    • fwiw, I park in a garage owned by state government. I sent in a letter to the landlord with a check for a year’s worth of electricity, explaining the calculation, saying that I would assume any liability for anything that happened to my car from charging, and how I wanted to be able to be green but pay my way. They cashed the check, so I’m good now, and the Kwh charge was around 8 cents. (I rounded it up to 10 cents just to make sure it covered everything). Give it a try-who knows?

  6. They wouldn’t have to give it away, I am willing to pay. Now I have to drive off the facility to charge my Leaf in order to get home, while hoping there will be a place to park when I get back. What a waste of time.

  7. Humm … It’s a shame that the government is charging $2.00 per charge at DOE (Forrestal and Germantown) to charge. My Pruis gets 50 mpg and 13 miles per charge and that’s the equivalent of $7.69 per gallon. That factors out Prius owners but benefits all other owners (Chevy Volt = $2.00 or less per gallon equiv). Why can’t Obama pass an executive order to make it FREE for everyone at federal facilities. At least charge the $0.15 a KW/H instead of a fixed price. That would encourage more driving green. Right now, it discourages me even if I am saving the planet (a little).

  8. I am glad to see that I am not the only one somewhat surprised at the polar stand government seems to have on supporting EV use. I am getting ready to leave for a road trip from Tampa Florida to Covington Tennessee. There is a naval base close to my final destination that is ironically touted as being on the cutting edge of clean alternative technology. They have 15 charging stations which are solar powered- which means the ELECTRICITY IS FREE. There are no other charging stations between the military post and my final destination. As a courtesy, I called to find out if their were time limits or any other local peculiarities… they said I can’t use it because “they wouldn’t have a way to charge me” What???? They also informed me that they don’t see civilian EV around there. Maybe I know why… This is a GREAT opportunity for the government to REALLY show they support EV technology. The electricity is already free, the audience is young and captive and smart enough to see the savings. This is NOT the same as giving away free gasoline… encouraging a greener community by sharing their FREE electricity benefits everybody.


  9. Well the equipments not free, a reasonable fee could be set to amortize the cost of that infrastructure within its useful life and cover maintenance costs. As an strong EV advocate I continue to be amazed at how many users feel entitled to free charging access, fuel, parking etc. It really doesn’t endear the movement to those slower to adopt, we all should pay our fair costs. Think it through, these are obvious costs that are being ignored and shouldn’t need to be pointed out in the first place.

  10. I agree that we should not act as if we are entitled, in the same respect, many charging stations were paid or subsidised by government grants in order to stimulate EV adaptation. When the person considering an EV sees that they have to pay $10 to get into the parking garage and another $20-40 to fill up, they lose a major incentive for spending the extra money on an EV. My shopping patterns have evolved along with the access to free charging stations in order to support businesses that support the EV movement. The more free EV stations around, the more EV’s I see on the road.

    Our government does a lot to provide incentive to manufacturers to build EV’s, for businesses to install EV charging stations, and for the citizens to buy EV’s- why not go the extra few inches and provide the free (or not-for-profit) EV charging for its’ own employees? That would be a perk, an incentive, and a constant reminder of their dedication to the cause.

  11. I agree with a nominal charge for electricity used to charge cars at government and private facilities. I would also have a program to install solar panels over many parking lots for the purpose of recharging cars. This would make make energy cost of charging vehicles very low. The price for each charge would be very low and reflect only the cost of maintaining the solar panels and charging system. However I think we should change the way we fund roads. Instead of a fuel tax on gasoline and diesel fuel we should tax vehicles according to weight and miles driven. This would put all fuels on an even keel economically and spur real competition for the most efficient and cost effective cars for each individual.

  12. I work for BayPines VA in St. Petersburg, Florida. We have several hundred parking spaces covered with solar panels and have for 3-4 years. I spoke to our director about having a charging station not only for the employees but for our Vets as well. This is the response I recieved:
    “Good afternoon, Mary. In follow-up to your question, we cannot allow the use of appropriated money (facility utilities) for personal applications. HR 4645 provides that Federal installations could provide charging stations, but that the cost would be billed to the employee. At this time there are no plans to pursue this option. Thank you”
    I responded back:
    “Thanks for checking on this XXXX. It just seems with the amount of solar energy we already produce here it would be a “no brainer” to add a charging station not only for the employees but for the Vets as well. The cost for me to charge my car at home is approximately $1.04 each night using energy produced by Duke, once I have my solar installation at home that price will drop to zero. If they ever consider putting a station here, it would not be unheard of to charge the end users for this benefit and in most cases, the benefit for the EV owner outweighs the cost of burning fossil fuel to travel home. I certainly hope this will be considered at some time in the future.



    • It is good that you were willing to pose the question to the VA. If they don’t get asked, they don’t realize that the interest exists. There is a list of bunch of federal facilities at the top of this string that provide charging stations (so the federal reg is a little questionable). They technically did not say no: I wonder what they would say if you agree for them to send you the bill for the cost of the electricity [knowing that they have the solar panels in the parking lot]…

      When you consider that the VA reimburses Veterans for travel, has a fleet of government vehicles for us employees to use for various business needs, pays for rideshare vanpooling, and is even using solar energy at some sites (St. Pete and Tampa, included), adding charging stations does not seem such a far reach.

      Incidentally, I have charged my car, with permission at several federal locations: Millington Naval Station in TN (ChargePoint), Fourth Cliff MWR site in Massachussets (RV site), Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland ($6 for 240v RV site use)… also charged at to VA facilities- Tampa (standard outlet while car left for weeklong VA business trip) and Jacksonville VA CBOC. Some areas required more conversation than others.

      I’ll make a point to ask where I can charge my car next time I drive to BayPines VA. …


  13. Work at a VA myself. I find the staff very supportive and don’t mind me borrowing a 110v during the night shift. Engineering and building maintenance is a different story. Apparently I’m just at the center of another government interdepartmental argument.

  14. My comments are based on the vision of wide spread deployment, best to start off right and not bait and switch at some point in the future. Life is unfair? Sure but lets make this part as fair as it can be or it will be fodder for some to rally against EVs, this discussion is already being posed in policy forums. I don’t want my mother paying for some rich Tesla owners electricity! A few kWh, really? Not for long, or even at this point, adoption rates are on a roll.

  15. As expected, I just received a copy of a memo from a fellow employee citing reasons why We shouldn’t be able to charge our electric vehicles at work. The memo was penned by a local department head and went on to cite several unproven claims of theft of electricity and other ramblings of why gasoline isn’t purchased for employees private vehicles etc…etc… It ended by threatening to have anyone plugging in reported to MTPD, arrested and possibly terminated. The memo failed to be consigned or forwarded to anyone else. It was apparently a dubious effort to stop us from charging at work. The agency is WMATA, The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, I would be interested in all thoughts both pro and con.

  16. I’m not asking for a freebie, I’m a willing to pay for the cost of having to charge my electric car on station. They don’t even have to install, if they are agree to have Chargepoint, Blink or EVgo come and install the charging stations. I would even be willing to buy a L2 portable charger, if they designated a spot for us to charge, and bill me.

  17. a quick disclaimer: I am not bipolar… but

    There are several very different points being discussed here. My responses below may come across as mildly bipolar
    1. Should federal employees be allowed to charge their POV while at work?
    General: Yes. It is the federal government that outlines some strong environmentally conscious goals, including broadening the EV revolution. It is easiest to lead by example, which is when they are the most successful in reaching loftier goals (i.e. equal opportunity employment). They already provide the tax incentive for EV’s, support some major R&D projects, and can take a large part of the credit for the expansion of charging stations ahead of the revolution. They also do finance quite a bit of transportation initiatives (i.e. Vanpool or loaner cars for local business travel).
    All federal locations? No. If the federal workplace (agency or location specific) has not made any other [publicly noticeable] actions to go green &/or support transportation issues/needs- providing EV charging stations is NOT a good first move. This would and should invoke more of a public outcry.

    2. Should EV users be charged for the use of the electricity?
    No. This is not because the EV driver ‘has the right,’ rather- it is because this would be a highly visible indication that the Federal government is putting their money where their mouth is. Let’s pretend this prompts lots of employees to buy an EV, and they start feeling it on their electric bill- time to put in the solar panels- another highly visible environmentally conscious movement.
    Yes. Smaller workplaces with tighter budgets and/or government workplaces that do not otherwise appear to support the EV move- can compromise by installing fee based charging stations.

    This isn’t about EV drivers being self-righteous. It is about the Federal workplace setting a good big brother example to other businesses/entities. Since we live in a democratic society, the easiest way for the government to sway public decision, is provide just the right amount of (usually financial) incentive- ( i.e. rebates, tax breaks, grants, etc). or discouragement (higher fee or tax).

  18. Angel, not bipolar, well reasoned, I appreciate the comment, but how do you address those that would ask who is paying for that electricity? This goes full circle in the conversation, having those that can afford a more expensive EV in the first place, fuel costs subsidized by taxpayers doesn’t sit well with some, while I’m not included in that group, it provides leverage to generally upset gains in EV market, e.g. policies prohibiting EV subsidies. Socializing the costs of Solar enjoys more acceptance than EVs at this point, wonder why….

  19. “how do you address those that would ask who is paying for that electricity?”
    With the truth, whatever that may be…

    Who pays for the present Vanpool initiatives and/or [name your Federal workplace] fleet? That might be the pocket it comes from…

    recruitment perc, green initiatives, advertisement/promotions, transportation, travel…. All I know is that it is the Federal Government created rules/regs to persuade the shift towards EV’s, so it would make a LOT of sense for them to lead by example. Civilian companies cannot provide the Tax benefits, but they can provide the EV charging percs.


  20. Can anyone please cite me an authority that would allow my agency to bill me (subtract $$ from my paycheck) for electricity that I consume for personal use? I’ve been told that we might be able to treat it as an “amenity fee.” What authorities do we cite to allow concessions, contractors, etc. to use and pay for government supplied utilities? My agency even provides housing that employees can pay for, with utilities bundled.

    My agency is very supportive and wants to let me charge up at work, but we can’t figure out the authority that would let me pay for this.

    Please only respond with a real solution. You will help many who read this thread if you do.

  21. Every government institution need charging station installed at their campus to have access to their employee charge their EV. This is how you are rendering your employee that you really care about them are very keen to entertain there interest. This will not only make employee to give their 100 % but he will be more assertive towards the completion of orders. They won’t mind paying some for such services from their salaries even.

  22. Appreciate your efforts and list of authorized locations. I stated a petition on whitehouse.gov to push this agenda forward. I am asking everyone to please sign the petition and share widely to encourage participation by federal agencies. Thank you for your ongoing efforts.

    Link to whitehouse.gov petition

    Workplace Electronic Vehicle Charging

  23. The FAST Act (transportation bill) has passed Congress and has been signed into law. There is now explicit authorization from Congress for federal agencies to deploy charging stations at federal facilities, for use in charging personal EVs, on a remibursable basis! See details at the top of this page.

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  25. I work on a military base in LA with my EV & our base has over 15 Government chargers for Government EVs, Personal POVs are not allowed to use the government chargers – you can face towing Etc. Let the government keep their chargers but give us outlets, I have my own charger for my vehicle..

    EV drivers, I’m so shocked at the nasty attitudes/jealousy towards EV owners. EV owners are not asking for handouts we need to charge our vehicles. EV owners are individuals that care about the future, As a grandmother of 7 grand-babies (1 died), I want to save as much clean air as possible for my living grand babies future. It is the least I can do!!!!

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