Earlier this month NASCAR and Sprint joined nearly 60 other businesses and organizations participating in the EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge.
The EV Everywhere Grand Challenge is the Energy Department’s 10-year vision to enable the U.S. to be the first nation in the world to produce plug-in electric vehicles that are as affordable for the average American family as today’s gasoline-powered vehicles by 2022.
NASCAR installed five new charging stations for their employees to use at NASCAR Plaza in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sprint plans to install 14 charging stations at their headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas in March. Sprints chargers will have the capacity to charge two cars at once, and will be available for employees, contractors, campus tenants, visitors, and the public.
Because most people park their vehicles for several hours while at work, these charging stations can exponentially increase drivers’ all-electric driving range.
Roughly half of the vehicles in the United States park overnight at locations with access to plugs, creating a great foundation for the country’s plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging infrastructure. Additionally, employers across the country are beginning to offer charging access in workplace lots, which serve as the next most-likely place a vehicle will spend time parked.
To support the deployment of this infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the Workplace Charging Challenge, with a goal of achieving a tenfold increase in the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging in the next five years.
After launching the Workplace Charging Challenge with 13 partners in January 2013, the Energy Department now partners with more than 55 employers at more than 150 worksites. Collectively, these partner employers represent more than one million employees across the country.