Google, Tesla back big electric vehicle charging rollout

Summary:The Workplace Charging Challenge, launched by 13 big U.S. companies and the Department of Energy, is planning a massive deployment of EV charging stations.

One of the places that your car probably spends most of its time during a given day (aside from your home) is at your workplace, resting in the parking lot.

That's why the Department of Energy is rallying 13 big U.S. businesses to get involved with its Workplace Charging Challenge, an initiative that aims to increase the number of U.S. employers that support electric vehicle charging by tenfold over the next five years.

Their pledge involves coming up with a plan to install charging stations in at least one major work locations.

Google, Tesla, Siemens, Verizon and GE are among the high-tech companies that are participating. The other backers are Ford, Nissan, 3M, Chrysler, Duke Energy, Eli Lilly and Company, General Motors and San Diego Gas & Electric.  

Google already boasts a massive electric vehicle initiative and hosts 300 charging stations, more than any other U.S. company. Watch the video below to find out more about its strategy: 

Topics: Innovation


Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism lif... Full Bio

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