With electric vehicles (EV) as the coming trend in automotive fuel, many companies have finally taken a serious look at how to make this innovative mode of propulsion viable. But while many merely look to ways to implement electric vehicles, the online giant Google has take steps to initiate electric vehicles wider use by publicizing location maps back in March of this year, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, also known as NREL. At that time, one could reportedly locate as many as 600 EV recharging stations.
Yet Google didn’t stop there, rather they partnered with Coulomb Technologies to install some 150 charging stations themselves, as their employees and fleet move into the “green” world of tomorrow today. Finally, as if they hadn’t stepped completely into this new world, as of June, Google announced 71 additional EV charging stations with level 2 chargers, making charge times faster yet. Totally over 220 charging stations for their recently purchased fleet of 30 fully electric and hybrid vehicles. The company chose the “electric only” Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet’s combination electric or gasoline Volt, making a firm commitment to the technology, while showing it’s faith in this alternative means of transportation.
Monitored by the ChargePoint Network 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, reliability will be ensured, while accumulating data to show not only the viability of EV, but the practicality of the concept in a world so dependent on oil.
Google is leading the way for Corporate America. It is standing in the gap, to show that EV can and should be done – on the commercial level for it’s employees and it’s own transportation as well. Google is setting the bar for companies all across America. The question is, will others respond in kind? Will they step up and make the decision to back away from the huge oil companies. Even further, will the oil companies themselves see and seize the opportunity to show all Americans from every walk of life, that they are energy companies and not merely oil companies, who are willing to set out in new areas to insure the domestic tranquility of the greatest nation on earth. Can they follow Google’s lead in implementing and promoting the use of the electric vehicle, by establishing more and more EV charging stations.
Finally, with the electric revolution fully underway, will not only the oil companies, but the automotive manufacturers take the next huge step, in making more electric vehicles on a more affordable scale for the middle income families of America. If electric vehicles are to be the new transportation and if electricity truly will be our nation’s future fuel, we as a nation need more companies to be brave enough to take the steps that Google has.