In January 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy presented the Workplace Charging Challenge as part of the greater EV Everywhere Grand Challenge. The EV Everywhere Grand Challenge was introduced as part of the Clean Energy Grand Challenges set forth by President Obama in March of last year. The challenge is sponsored by the DOE and supports an effort to make electric vehicles a reality for more Americans in terms of cost and convenience.

For the newly-introduced Workplace Charging Challenge, the DOE has created multiple partnerships with private companies. Initially, the companies pledge to research the potential need for electric charging stations. Then, if it is warranted, participating companies pledge to install a charging station at no less than one of their company worksites. This January, there were 13 companies that made the pledge: 3M; Chrysler Group LLC; Duke Energy; Eli Lilly and Co; Ford Motor Co.; General Electric; General Motors Co.; Google; Nissan Motor Co.; San Diego Gas & Electric; Siemens; Tesla Motors; and Verizon.

In March 2013, the Workplace Charging Challenge enlisted 15 more companies and the City of Sacramento to its list of partners. These companies include: AVL; Bentley Systems Inc.; Biogen Idec Inc.; Bloomberg LP; Coca-Cola Co.; the City of Sacramento; Dell; Facebook; Hartford Financial Services Group; Hertz Corp.; National Grid; New York Power Authority; NRG Energy; Osram Sylvania; Raytheon; and Southern California Edison.

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The Workplace Charging Challenge, initiated in January of 2013, encourages participating companies to research the feasibility of installing electric vehicle charging stations, like the one pictured above, at their worksites. Credit: NAFTC.

The Workplace Charging Challenge also includes organizations that have pledged to become “ambassadors.” Organizations that have made the pledge have promised that they will advance and assist the initiative through available channels. Current ambassadors include: California Center for Sustainable Energy; California PEV Collaborative; CALSTART; Electric Drive Transportation Association; Electrification Coalition; Green Parking Council; International Parking Institute; NextEnergy; Plug-In America; and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

For more information about the Workplace Charging Challenge, please visit the Department of Energy’s website at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/electric_vehicles/workplace_charging.html..




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