SmartMeters.com reports that Google has installed 70 electric vehicle charging stations at its headquarters in Mountain View, California - Google Establishes United States Largest EV Charging Installation.
The charging stations, via Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint Network, are used by employee-owned electric vehicles, as well as the company’s growing car sharing program that includes Chevrolet Volts and Nissan LEAFs. The company has additional plans for 250 more charging stations on its campus, and a goal to make five percent of its campus parking EV-ready, making it the largest workplace charging installation for electric vehicles in the United States.
Rolf Schreiber, Google’s technical program manager of Electric Transportation, explains, “By investing in new, green transportation technologies, Google is making a significant contribution to reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions. Our EVs and charging stations are part of our broader green transportation system that includes biodiesel shuttles that Googlers use to commute to work instead of driving their own cars. But we’re only one company among many, so we hope our green transportation initiatives serve as a model for other companies to incorporate sustainability programs into their own workplaces."
ChargePoint Network has the world’s largest network of charging stations and EV charging applications, which have a number of available features. Controlled access, for example, enables customers—via an online portal and smartcards—to control who accesses their charging stations in order to control costs, eliminate electricity theft, and optimize station use.
EcoGeek reports that charging stations are starting to appear on the open highway in oregon as well - Southern Oregon Getting EV Quick-Chargers in First Phase of "Green Highway".
As part of the Green Highway project where California, Oregon and Washington are partnering to turn Interstate 5 into the first alternative-fuel-friendly freeway in the U.S., AeroVironment is installing Level 3 EV quick chargers along the route in Southern Oregon.
For this first phase of the project, from the California state line to the Willamette Valley, 150 miles of the highway will have convenient access to EV chargers that can fully charge a battery in 30 minutes. Eight interchanges will be picked based on common destinations, vehicle range and driving distances. The chargers will be installed by the end of the fall.
The Green Highway will ultimately run from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C. and will feature not only EV charging and battery swap stations, but alternative fuel filling stations for biodiesel, compressed natural gas and hydrogen. The project is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.