Ford and GM Back the Idea of Workplace EV Charging Stations

Tesla, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan and General Motors are among 13 companies joining together as founding Partners of the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge.

“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.

charging stations at the workplaceIn hopes of strengthening the nation’s electric-vehicle infrastructure while increasing consumer exposure to plug-in electric vehicles, the mission of DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge is to increase the number of employers with workplace charging by tenfold within the next five years.

Companies partnering with those automakers include 3M, Duke Energy, Eli Lilly and Company, Google, San Diego Gas & Electric, Siemens, and Verizon. The DOE will be establishing a network where Partners and Ambassadors can share their best practices, as well as providing technical assistance.

“These 13 companies are taking strong steps to make charging infrastructure more broadly available to their workforce – setting an example for others to follow and helping America lead the global race for a growing industry,” Chu said.