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February 04, 2013

Top US Companies Working with DOE to Increase Electric Vehicle Use

By Oliver VanDervoort
Contributing Writer

When most people hear the name “Verizon (News - Alert),” they probably think smartphones or tablets. These days, you could even be thinking about some high-end digital cameras that come equipped with an Android (News - Alert) operating system.

You’d probably be able to sit and think about Verizon for about three hours before you ever arrived at “electric car charging stations.” 

Verizon reportedly wants to broaden its appeal and its reach by entering into a compact with the United States department of energy. The two entities will be working to convince more workplaces across the U.S. to offer electric vehicle charging stations.

The compact is actually made up of Verizon and 12 other companies, as well as the DOE, all pushing the Electric Vehicle Everywhere Challenge. This challenge is geared toward a tenfold increase in electric vehicles on the road by 2022.  

Verizon will be one of the companies trying to develop and commercialize the infrastructure needed for charging stations to be more prevalent nationwide.

Electric vehicles are certainly nothing new to the American consumer, but it also isn’t something that has really picked up in popularity the way the market originally expected. Obviously, one of the roadblocks to gaining real popularity has been the inability to find a place where someone can charge their plug-in vehicles.

Because of this, it’s not a super efficient investment.

"Verizon has installed several electric vehicle charging stations at various company facilities, which help support our customers, employees and our private fleet," said James Gowen, Verizon's chief sustainability officer, during an appearance with DOE officials at the Washington Auto Show. "We are currently conducting employee surveys to find the next locations to expand our charging station program. The information we gather from those surveys will inform how us about we increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations currently available to our employees in the workplace by 2014."

The other companies that are engaging in getting the word out are Chrysler, Duke Energy, Eli Lilly, Ford, General Electric, 3M, San Diego Gas & Electric, Siemens (News - Alert) and Tesla, General Motors, Google and Nissan.

Edited by Braden Becker

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