The city of Aurora has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Workplace Charging Challenge to help expand access to workplace charging stations for American workers across the country. Energy Secretary Steven Chu says the new initiative aims to expand the availability of workplace charging, increasing the convenience of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and providing drivers with more vehicle charging options.
“The market for electric vehicles is expanding dramatically, giving drivers more options to save money on gasoline while reducing carbon pollution,” said Secretary Chu.
The Workplace Charging Challenge is a collaborative effort to increase the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging by tenfold in the next five years. The challenge also supports the broader efforts of the department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, announced by President Obama in March 2012, to make PEVs as affordable and convenient for the American family as gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.
“Aurora is working to be a leader for providing workplace charging options for our employees and residents who own plug-in electric vehicles,” said Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan. “As a part of this pledge, Aurora is committing to not only continue our efforts to expand charging options for our employees but to assist the community in understanding the benefits of EV vehicles.
PEVs can offer consumers significant advantages over gasoline-powered vehicles, including savings on fuel costs, added convenience, and reduced maintenance costs. Electricity is cheaper than gasoline to power a vehicle – generally equivalent to about $1 per gallon – and consumers are able to conveniently fuel up at home.
For more information about the challenge, please visit www.electricvehicles.energy.gov.