I’m here in Washington DC today participating as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) rolls out the first of its new plug-in vehicle initiatives, the Workplace Charging Challenge as part of DOE’s EV Everywhere. The key goal of this program is to increase the number of employers offering plug-in vehicle charging by tenfold within five years. If workplace charging is widely implemented it can potentially double the number of miles driven on clean, affordable, domestic electricity.
We are proud to be working with the Secretary Chu, the Department of Energy, and the first 13 major corporations on the Workplace Charging Challenge. We are particularly pleased that our extensive network of EV drivers will be able to help recruit employers to further expand this effort.
Thirteen major U.S. employers and eight stakeholder groups have joined the new Workplace Charging Challenge to help expand access to workplace charging stations for American workers across the country. In a speech at the Washington Auto Show, Secretary Chu outlined the new initiative, which aims to expand the availability of workplace charging, increasing the convenience of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and providing drivers with more options.
This effort dovetails perfectly with Plug In America’s Plug In @ Work Campaign which brings the entire new electric vehicle marketplace to particular a corporate campus for a day of pre-scheduled test-drives and supporting information about the shift to clean, electric transportation. We also are working closely with corporate campuses to support and encourage workplace charging readiness and deployment as part of our efforts.
You can find out more information about the Challenge or EV Everywhere, please visit www.electricvehicles.energy.gov
Infographic courtesy of Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department, www.energy.gov