Now Googlers can charge their LEAFs at work

By : |June 9, 2011 0

CAMPBELL, CALIFORNIA: Coulomb Technologies announced that Google, Inc. has deployed more than 70 electric vehicle charging stations managed by the ChargePoint Network at its worldwide headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

The charging stations are used by employee-owned electric vehicles, as well as the company’s growing car sharing program for Googlers (GFleet), which includes Chevrolet Volts and Nissan LEAFs, added a press release. With plans for 250 more charging stations on its campus, and a goal to make five percent of its campus parking EV-ready, Google’s installation is claimed as the largest workplace charging installation for electric vehicles in the country.

By investing in new, green transportation technologies, Google is making a significant contribution to reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions,” said Rolf Schreiber technical program manager, Electric Transportation, at Google. “Our EVs and charging stations are part of our broader green transportation system that includes biodiesel shuttles that Googlers use to commute to work instead of driving their own cars. But we’re only one company among many, so we hope our green transportation initiatives serve as a model for other companies to incorporate sustainability programs into their own workplaces.”

The company has been working over the last several years to deploy and experiment with new green transportation technologies. In 2007, Google launched RechargeIT, an initiative aimed at accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles.
Google’s biodiesel campus shuttles use the latest clean diesel technology, reducing emissions 80 percent over engines from just a few years ago. Placing solar panels on buses to provide pre-cooling without having to run the engines.
More than 3,000 Googlers ride a shuttle bus to the company’s Mountain View headquarters every day.

Google’s ChargePoint workplace charging system, it says, will encourage more and more employees to commute using electric transportation.

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