The City of Atlanta has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge which aims to increase the number of American employers offering workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by tenfold in the next five years.
The Workplace Charging Challenge asks its Partners to commit to assessing employee demand for PEV charging at the workplace and developing and executing a plan to provide PEV charging access for employees.
Currently, the city’s Government Center Parking deck, accessible by Washington Street and Central Avenue, houses six chargers. The chargers, available on a first come first served basis, are also available to the public free of charge and convenient to the City of Atlanta Municipal Court, Atlanta Public Schools, City Hall, and the State of Georgia.
Ranked second nationally in 2013 for PEV sales in North America, Atlanta is also home to a number of robust workplace charging programs. A growing number of employers in the Atlanta area have already installed employee charging stations including: the Coca Cola Company, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), AT&T, UPS, ING, Turner Broadcasting and Siemens. In addition to these employers, Lenox Mall and Atlantic Station are also a part of the growing number of shopping and activity centers offering publicly accessible, no-cost charging stations.
Employer-provided PEV charging serves as an attractive employee benefit, enhances corporate sustainability efforts, and signals leadership in adopting advanced technology. It also fills a critical gap for employees who have moved to PEVs as their means of daily commuting. The ability to charge at work can potentially double the all-electric commuting range for a PEV driver.
The City of Atlanta encourages local employers to sign up for the Workplace Charging Challenge. For more information on the initiative and a full list of partners, please visit http://energy.gov/eere/vehicles/ev-everywhere-workplace-charging-challenge-partners.