D.O.E. Pushes Electric Car Workplace Charging

By · February 05, 2013

EVs charging at Google

An electric vehicle charging at Google campus.

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigned on Friday, but one day earlier he made one last push for greater access to electric car charging at work. He announced that 13 major U.S. companies joined the new Workplace Charging Challenge—with the goal of increasing the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging by tenfold in the next five years.

Anytime a car sits in parking lot or garage for a long time is an ideal time for charging. For many workers, that eight hours of otherwise idle time, could be mean a full top-up, useful even at 110-volts. Home and public charging gets the lion’s share of attention regarding EV charging infrastructure—but workplace charging represents one of the best untapped opportunities to essentially double the daily range of a pure EV (depending on the car or charging level), or to extend the electric miles of a plug-in hybrid.

The first 13 employers to sign the Workplace Charging Pledge as Partners, include 3M, Chrysler Group, Duke Energy, Eli Lilly and Company, Ford, GE, GM, Google, Nissan, San Diego Gas & Electric, Siemens, Tesla, and Verizon. The pledge simply means the company will develop and implement a plan to install workplace charging infrastructure for at least one major worksite location.

In a speech last week at the Washington Auto Show, former Secretary Chu outlined the new initiative. “The market for electric vehicles is expanding dramatically, giving drivers more options to save money on gasoline while reducing carbon pollution,” said Chu. “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.”

For more information about the challenge, visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/electric_vehicles/workplace_charging.html.

New to EVs? Start here

  1. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  2. Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  3. Buying Your First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.