As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, which celebrates its one-year anniversary this month, the DOE announced 16 new partner employers have joined the Challenge, which aims to expand the availability of workplace charging for American workers – increasing the convenience of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and providing drivers with more options.
More than doubling the original set of partners announced in January, these new partners include AVL, Bentley Systems, Biogen Idec, Bloomberg LP, The Coca-Cola Company, the City of Sacramento, Dell, Facebook, The Hartford Financial Services Group, The Hertz Corporation, National Grid, New York Power Authority, NRG Energy, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Raytheon, and Southern California Edison. By signing the Workplace Charging Pledge, each partner organization commits to assessing workforce PEV charging demands, and then developing and implementing a plan to install workplace charging infrastructure for at least one major worksite location. In addition, the California Center for Sustainable Energy and the Green Parking Council have signed the Ambassador Pledge to develop and execute plans to support and promote the workplace charging initiative.
The Workplace Charging Challenge is a collaborative effort to increase the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging by ten-fold in the next five years. The Challenge also supports to the broader efforts of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, announced last year by President Obama, to make PEVs as affordable and convenient for the American family as gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.
PEVs can offer significant advantages over gasoline-powered vehicles, including savings on fuel costs, added convenience, and reduced maintenance costs.
Find more information about the Workplace Charging Challenge and EV Everywhere at www.electricvehicles.energy.gov.