Utilidata Inc. joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge. The company’s office on Chapman Street in Providence is now one of more than 300 worksites across the country that offer on-site electric vehicle charging to employees and the public.
“As a company that’s working to modernize the electric grid, we’re proud to be part of this national initiative that leverages the benefits of electric power,” said Scott DePasquale, Chairman and CEO of Utilidata. “We’re constantly working to develop innovative energy solutions, whether that’s through the technology we provide to our utility customers or the technology we provide to our employees and neighboring community in support of their efforts to drive a cleaner, more efficient vehicle.”
This week, electric vehicles are being celebrated at events across the country as part of National Drive Electric week, organized by the Sierra Club, Plug In America and Electric Auto Association.
According to the DOE, there are currently more than 250,000 plug-in electric vehicles on American highways. Increasing charging availability in the workplace is seen as an essential step in encouraging more drivers to transition to electric vehicles.
The DOE’s 2014 Workplace Charging Challenge progress update reports that challenge partner employees are 20 times more likely to drive a plug-in vehicle than the average worker. Employers of all sizes and industry types have joined the challenge, including 3M, The Coca-Cola Co., Google, Raytheon, MetLife, Harvard University and National Grid.