Push is on for more workplace EV charging stations (a lot more)

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By: SGN Staff

Providing 10 times more EV workplace charging stations than there are now in the next five years sounds like a very tall order, but that is the commitment made by the utilities, car companies and others who have signed on with DOE's Electric Vehicles Everywhere Challenge.

 

And it's not like the initiative is lacking the collective muscle to do it. The participants are Verizon, 3M, Chrysler, Duke Energy, Eli Lilly, Ford, General Electric, General Motors, Google, Nissan, San Diego Gas & Electric Siemens and Tesla.

 

Departing Energy Secretary Steven Chu said "The market for electric vehicles is expanding dramatically, giving drivers more options to save money on gasoline while reducing carbon pollution. These 13 companies are taking strong steps to make charging infrastructure more broadly available to their workforce – setting an example for others to follow and helping America lead the global race for a growing industry."

 

DOE says that meeting performance and cost targets will cut the combined battery and electric drive system cost of a plug-in EV by up to 75%.

 

In a statement from Verizon, chief sustainability officer James Gowen said "Verizon has installed several electric vehicle charging stations at various company facilities, which help support our customers, employees and our private fleet. We are currently conducting employee surveys to find the next locations to expand our charging station program. The information we gather from those surveys will inform us about how we increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations currently available to our employees in the workplace by 2014."

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