Georgia Power is now offering workplace charging to its employees throughout the state. The program is part of ECOtality's Electric Vehicle (EV) Project — a public-private partnership with the Department of Energy that evaluates the effectiveness of EV charger infrastructure. Georgia Power is the first company in the state to participate in the program.
Georgia Power is making 10 smart chargers available to employees at its headquarters in Atlanta to enable electric vehicle charging while at work. The company will also add additional chargers at other business locations around the state. Data captured from the chargers will be used to gain insight on workplace charging effectiveness and offer strategies for better use of charger infrastructure assets.
Georgia Power hopes to maximize employees' electric vehicle range and encourage adoption of proven transportation technologies among workers and customers. Some employees may be able to double their daily driving range, and for the first time, long distance commuters can consider electric vehicles as an option.
It is estimated that in the next 10 years, 5 to 10 percent of new cars on the road in Georgia will be fueled in whole, or in part, by electricity. "It is our belief that this program will serve as a model for the Southeast."
Georgia Power is the largest unit of Southern Co. The company is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility with rates below the national average. Georgia Power serves 2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties.