Monday, June 3, 2013

Plug In @ Work, Google style!

If you listened closely two weeks ago, a quiet whir could be heard throughout the Googleplex as the newest and coolest electric vehicles zipped up and down the streets lining campus. Within the span of 3 hours, about 500 Googlers got behind the wheel of a plug-in vehicle, and many more checked out a full range of “cars with cords” on display as part of Thursday’s plug-in vehicle showcase & test drive, our 3rd annual event of its kind.

With Plug In America’s help, we were fortunate enough to have 11 automakers participate in the the Plug In @ Work experience, including Arcimoto, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Smart, Tesla, Toyota, and Zero Motorcycles. By giving our employees the opportunity pop the hood, kick the tires, and drive some of these electric cars and motorcycles, we hope some are inspired to switch out the gas pump for a charging cord.

Google has already joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, as well as the Calstart EV employer initiative, and providing a time and place for our employees to test these vehicles helps advance this great work. And, our timing aligned perfectly with an amazing plug-in milestone: The 100,000th electric vehicle was sold in the US a few days later!

Google is delighted to bring experiences like this to our employees, and remains an enthusiastic supporter of plug-in vehicles as part of a longer term sustainable transportation solution. We have grown our charging infrastructure to provide Level 2 charging capabilities at over 400 parking spaces across our Mountain View headquarters and 8 other Google locations.

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