Google Electrifying Corporate Campus for Sustainability and Employee Perks

By Jon LeSage

As part of its sus­tain­abil­i­ty mis­sion and as an employ­ee incen­tive, Google is installing elec­tric vehi­cle charg­ing sta­tions at its Cam­pus in Moun­tain View, Calif. To get tal­ent­ed, hard-work­ing tech­nol­o­gy spe­cial­ists to come and work for you and stay in a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket­place like Sil­i­con Val­ley, charg­ing sta­tions are an attrac­tive perk to offer them.

At its Moun­tain View Cam­pus, Google had 400 Lev­el 2 dual head charg­ing ports, and 168 Lev­el 1, 110 volt ports, with plans to install DC fast charg­ers (as of late August). Google has been installing 15 to 20 charg­ing sta­tions a month, said Rolf Schreiber, Man­ag­er of EV Ini­tia­tives. It’s get­ting 100% pos­i­tive respons­es from employ­ees. “There are dis­grun­tled spous­es at places where they don’t have charg­ing sta­tions,” Schreiber said.

The com­pa­ny is being rec­og­nized for its com­mit­ment. On Aug. 23, the Bay Area Cli­mate Col­lab­o­ra­tive and Sil­i­con Val­ley Lead­er­ship Group named Google the Most EV-Ready Busi­ness dur­ing the 2012 Ready, Set, Charge! Bay Area Elec­tric Vehi­cle (EV) Readi­ness Awards. On July 31, Cal­start host­ed a work­shop at the Google’s Moun­tain View Cam­pus aimed at bring­ing EV charg­ing infra­struc­ture to work­places through­out the state. The event was keynot­ed by U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s David San­dalow and Dr. David Daniel­son. (Click here to read more about Calstart’s EV Employ­er Ini­tia­tive.)

Google has about 32,000 employ­ees glob­al­ly, with about half of them work­ing at one of Google’s 40 build­ings in Moun­tain View. The com­pa­ny will be bring­ing in more elec­tric vehi­cles to its fleet and may need high­er capac­i­ty charg­ing in ser­vice bays. Google uses low speed Gem cars in its main­te­nance ser­vice fleet and is think­ing about bring­ing in elec­tric deliv­ery trucks for its employ­ee food kitchens, Schreiber said.

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