Top employers including Bloomberg, Coca-Cola, Dell, offer workplace EV charging

Clare Saxon Ghauri
8 March 2013

NEW YORK: Sixteen more world leading companies join the US Department of Energy’s workplace electric vehicle charging challenge, including members of The Climate Group, Bloomberg LP, Coca-Cola and Dell.

As the US Department of Energy (DoE) approaches the first anniversary of its EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, which was announced by President Obama last year, 16 new partner employers have joined its associated Workplace Charging Challenge.

The initiative aims to achieve a tenfold increase in the availability of plug-in vehicle charging for American workers, over five years.

The 16 leading companies includes members of The Climate Group, Bloomberg LP, Coca-Cola, and Dell, as well as AVL, Facebook, Hertz and the New York Power Authority. They join an initial 13 companies that announced their commitment in January, including 3M, Ford, General Electric and Google, and our member Duke Energy.

As part of the Challenge, the employers have signed a pledge to assess their workforces’ demands for charging stations and install infrastructure in at least one main site.

Speaking at the Challenge launch in January, then Energy Secretary Stephen 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.”

Evan Juska, Head of US Policy for The Climate Group said: "After the home, most EV charging is expected to take place at work, where vehicles are usually parked for between 4-8 hours. So increasing the availability of workplace charging is critical to building the overall infrastructure needed for EVs to thrive.

"The Workplace Charging Challenge is an innovative public-private approach -- and I think other governments will look at it as a potential model to follow."

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