Southern Company launches electric vehicle workplace charging initiative
An advocate of electric transportation technologies, Atlanta-based Southern Company is now providing workplace charging to its employees.
Providing this resource not only helps meet the needs of those who already own plug-in electric vehicles, but encourages further adoption of this emerging technology.
More than 110,000 electric vehicles have been sold nationwide and every major auto manufacturer will have a plug-in electric vehicle to sell or launch by 2015. Growth is intensifying in the South, with Atlanta replacing Los Angeles in the month of June as the No. 2 market for the Nissan Leaf, the best-selling electric vehicle ever produced and currently the most popular Nissan model in the Atlanta market.
A longtime leader in energy innovation, Southern Company recognizes the importance of researching and evaluating these new technologies and being prepared to serve customers who are interested in fueling their vehicles with electricity. Three of Southern Company's four operating companies offer customers a special plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) rate, and the fourth is working on one.
Electric vehicle owners are saving money on fuel and maintenance costs, reducing their environmental impact and contributing to the nation's energy security by lowering its dependence on foreign oil. In fact, transitioning to electric vehicles, including hybrid-electric vehicles, could reduce U.S. foreign oil dependence by more than 80 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office.
Those who drive in major metropolitan cities may enjoy the additional benefit of driving in high-occupancy lanes as a single traveler.
Through the DOE's EV Project workplace charging initiative, Southern Company recently began the installation of chargers at various company locations in and around metro Atlanta and scattered throughout Georgia.
Additional charging stations may be added throughout the four-state southeastern service territory as needed to offer employees the ability to re-charge their electric vehicles while at work. Southern Company believes that workplace charging should be commonplace and it hopes to serve as a model for other companies, said Randy Johnson, Southern Company's director of electric transportation.