12.22.2009 - by Plug In America
The most EV-friendly companies

Dell headquarters in Round Rock, Tex. recently completed installation of 130 kW of solar panels in its parking lot that will generate clean power while shading roughly 50 parking spaces, JetsonGreen reported recently. They also installed two Coulumb charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles.

Dell is the latest to join a select number of forward-thinking companies that are instituting policies that are friendly to electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), whether they’re solar-powered charging stations, incentives for employees to buy EVs and PHEVs, incorporating EVs and PHEVs in company fleets, or support for organizations like Plug In America that work to accelerate the shift to electric drive.

Google solarpanels1_lg Google is probably the most widely known for its policies, which include rebates of thousands of dollars for employees who buy clean cars and its own solar carports and charging stations. FedEx has taken a leadership role in the Electrification Coalition, to get EVs and PHEVs on the road as soon as possible. And some companies — Microsoft comes to mind — are hearing from employees who’d like to charge while at work.

Google solarpanels3_lg Which raises some legitimate questions. Is it reasonable to expect employers to offer free electricity to employees who want to charge while at work? By what standards should we judge a company as EV-friendly or unfriendly? Plug In America is looking at this issue and may compile a set of guidelines for companies who want to be EV-friendly. If you have ideas, or want to nominate a company for its EV-friendliness, post a comment or email info@pluginamerica.org.

Photos of Google’s solar carports at its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters, courtesy of Google.

Sherry Boschert

2 comments on “The most EV-friendly companies”
  1. Candece Webster says:

    I have no problem paying for electric while at work. Work at FedEx. Asked for a charger after purchasing a PHEV. They said no.

  2. The Microsoft reference probably comes from the last Beyond Oil conference on the Microsoft campus, where an employee raised the issue that he was not allowed to charge his car because others complained that would be “favoritism” if they didn’t subsidize other types of fuel as well.

    There were a lot of groans in the audience. It sounded like Microsoft was going to reconsider the issue. I certainly don’t see why they can’t allow employees to pay for the electricity if cost and/or favoritism are really problems…but I suspect they are not. I think the ease and cost of providing a benefit is (and should be) a big part of selecting which benefits are offered…not to mention side benefits. Letting employees plug in is much simpler and cheaper than, say, installing a biodiesel tank and pump (although if Microsoft wants to do that too, I won’t complain!).

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *