The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says 13 U.S. companies have joined the agency's new Workplace Charging Challenge: an initiative designed to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure for workers.
‘The market for electric vehicles is expanding dramatically, giving drivers more options to save money on gasoline while reducing carbon pollution,’ said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. ‘These 13 companies are taking strong steps to make charging infrastructure more broadly available to their workforces.’
3M, Chrysler Group, Duke Energy, Eli Lilly and Co., Ford, GE, GM, Google, Nissan, San Diego Gas & Electric, Siemens, Tesla and Verizon have all partnered with the DOE on the program. Also, eight stakeholder organizations have gotten on board: California PEV Collaborative, CALSTART, Electric Drive Transportation Association, Electrification Coalition, International Parking Institute, NextEnergy, Plug In America, and Rocky Mountain Institute.
Concurrently, the DOE released the ‘EV Everywhere Grand Challenge Blueprint,’ which outlines the department's goals for EV technology, such as improving battery storage and reducing the cost of electric drive systems.
The blueprint can be accessed HERE.