Workplace Charging Challenge
DOE Workplace Charging Challenge
The EV Everywhere Grand Challenge was announced in March 2012 by President Obama to support and accelerate the development of electric vehicle technology, and to enable the United States to be the first country in the world to produce plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that are as affordable and convenient for the average American family as gasoline-powered vehicles within the next ten years.
As part of the overarching EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, the DOE launched the Workplace Charging Challenge in January 2013 with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging tenfold by 2018.
In June 2013, Dominion Energy became a Workplace Charging Partner as part of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Workplace Charging Challenge, an initiative designed to encourage employee adoption of PEVs by providing PEV charging access in the workplace.
We were recognized in late 2014 by DOE as one of fewer than 20% of all Challenge Partners who had demonstrated leadership in supporting the development of the national PEV charging infrastructure.
Dominion Energy’s Commitment to the Challenge
As one of the first 48 companies to sign on to the Challenge, we have demonstrated our commitment to advancing the cause behind the Challenge.
Dominion Energy is an active participant in the deployment of alternative vehicle technologies to help lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and participation in the Challenge has multiple benefits for our employees.
As a whole, PEVs offer consumers significant advantages over gasoline-powered vehicles and can cost about three times less to drive than a conventional gasoline vehicle. Our involvement in the Challenge increases the convenience of owning an electric vehicle and provides our employees with more options for charging their cars while potentially doubling their all-electric daily commuting distance.
Beginning in 2013, Dominion Energy installed several separately metered electric vehicle charging stations as a pilot program at three office locations in Virginia. The stations have lockable power outlets used by employees who pay a monthly fee that covers the cost of electricity and gradually reimburses the company for the installation. The information from this pilot program will help us determine future PEV charging options for its employees.
Join the Challenge
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Workplace Charging Challenge aims to have 500 U.S. employers join the initiative as partners by 2018. Visit the DOE’s webpage and check out our guide to getting started with workplace charging and our suggestions for developing a workplace charging policy for more information.