U.S. DOT Becomes First Federal Agency to Commit to Department of Energy’s Program
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is pleased to announce that it has joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Workplace Charging Challenge, which will support DOT efforts to make workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles available to employees across the country.
The Department of Transportation is the first Federal agency to join DOE’s charging challenge, underscoring DOT’s ongoing commitment to leadership in sustainable and innovative transportation alternatives. Participation in the Workplace Charging Challenge (WCC) will position DOT to successfully launch a comprehensive workplace charging program and increase the number of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging sites across its buildings nationwide. DOT’s goal is to provide 500 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSEs) by 2025.
“As the first Federal partner, we’re excited to be part of this national partnership with DOE and other major employers across the country to further cleaner transportation alternatives,” said Jeff Marootian, the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Administration and Chief Sustainability Officer. “DOT plays a major role in coordinating clean transportation infrastructure in our country, and we are proud to lead the Federal Government by taking early steps to implement the President’s initiative to increase PEV workplace charging for our employees.”
DOT joins more than 240 U.S. employers committed to providing PEV charging access to more than 1 million workers at hundreds of worksites around the country.
DOT’s entrance into the Challenge also supports President Obama’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, which will enable the United States to produce plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that are as affordable for the average American family by 2022 as a 2012 baseline gasoline-powered vehicle.
As part of DOT’s participation in the Workplace Charging Challenge, it will receive free access to technical guidance for expanding workplace charging, such as assessing employee demand, developing internal policy, and guidance for procurement and installation of charging stations.
To learn more about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s sustainability efforts, visit www.transportation.gov/sustainability.