As part of CUTR’s biweekly CUTR webcast series, on October 31,2013, Sarah Olexsak, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Workplace Charging Challenge Coordinator, discussed DOE’s new initiative to support U.S. employers and their efforts to expand commuter options and reduce GHG emissions with workplace charging. This webcast helped employers better understand the benefits of installing plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging stations at their worksites, the financial incentives available for completing such installations and how they can take advantage of the resources and recognition offered through the DOE Workplace Charging Challenge.
About the Workplace Charging Challenge
Today, about half of the vehicles in the United States are parked at overnight locations with access to plugs, providing a great foundation for the country’s plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging infrastructure. However, employers across the country are beginning to offer charging access in workplace lots, which serve as the next most-likely place a vehicle will spend time parked. In fact, the ability to charge at work can potentially double a PEV driver’s all-electric daily commuting range. This untapped resource presents a significant opportunity to expand the country’s PEV charging infrastructure.
To support the deployment of this infrastructure, DOE launched the Workplace Charging Challenge in 2013, with a goal of achieving a tenfold increase in the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging in the next five years. As part of the Workplace Charging Challenge, DOE is calling on America’s employers to sign the Workplace Charging Challenge Pledge as “Partners” to make a bold commitment to provide PEV charging access to their workforce.
AICP-CM credit is not available for this CUTR webcast recording.