Google Adds Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF to Gfleet Car-sharing Program for Googlers

In 2007, when Google.org launched the RechargeIt initiative, there were no commercially available plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the market. "So we bought several Toyota Priuses and had them retrofitted with A123 Hymotion batteries to create our own mini-fleet of plug-in hybrids to demonstrate the technology. As a result, we've developed the largest corporate EV […]

In 2007, when Google.org launched the RechargeIt initiative, there were no commercially available plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the market. "So we bought several Toyota Priuses and had them retrofitted with A123 Hymotion batteries to create our own mini-fleet of plug-in hybrids to demonstrate the technology. As a result, we've developed the largest corporate EV charging infrastructure in the country. And, also including the next generation of plug-in vehicles in Gfleet, our car-sharing program for Googlers," Google stated.

The new Gfleet will include more than 30 plug-ins, starting with Chevrolet Volts and Nissan LEAFs, several of which've already arrived and are available for Googlers to use today.

"To juice up our new cars and provide more charging options for Googlers, we've been working with Coulomb Technologies' ChargePoint Network to continue to expand our EV charging infrastructure. We've added 71 new and faster Level 2 chargers to the 150 Level 1 chargers we've installed over the last few years, bringing our total capacity to more than 200 chargers, with another 250 new ones on the way," Google added. "The ChargePoint Network provides us the charging data necessary to track and report on the success of our green transportation initiative."

"Gfleet and our biodiesel shuttle system (that googlers use in-campus) result in net annual savings of more than 5,400 tonnes of CO2. That's like taking over 2,000 cars off the road, or avoiding 14 million vehicle miles every year!," notes Google.

Google says "Our goal is to electrify 5% of our parking spaces--all over campus and free of charge (pun intended) to Googlers. Our expanded charging system has already helped several Googlers decide to buy new EVs of their own, and we hope others will, too."

[Source: Google blog]