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Workplaces offer electric car charging

Eagle-Tribune -- Employees at General Motors’ plant in White Marsh, Md., have an unusual workplace benefit: Anyone who drives an electric car can plug it in to charge while they work.

At the plant, which produces transmissions and electric motors, workers can park their electric vehicles — or EVs — in any of eight spaces under two solar-powered canopies in the employee lot.

“You encourage the use of EVs and give employees some benefit,” said William Tiger, plant manager for General Motors Baltimore Operations.

It’s not surprising that an automaker that makes plug-in electric vehicles is emerging as a leader in working to expand charging stations for consumers, starting with its own workers at company facilities in Maryland and elsewhere. But now other large employers are joining efforts to boost workpla


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csnvcas
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 5:53:43 AM

Ok
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 3:12:36 PM


What a great incentive for employees and great PR for the companies. A win-win all around.
SVmike
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 2:47:01 PM

Jamer: With only 8 spaces to recharge it doesn't seem like too much demand or the plant doesn't care about their employees much.

At my work we have 3 chargers. 2-4 cars can park at each one at a time. One charger can handle about 4-5 cars per day for a ~2 hr charge.
doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 2:03:00 PM

Thank you, now give me a raise so I can afford an EV.
schvanda63
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 12:43:25 PM

BoatP2Lee wrote "But the workers can't afford the $40,000 golf carts.... "

Wrong! They work at GM for the UAW, they probably could afford a couple of Volts apiece.

I agree with Lukus. To be fair, it would be nice for someone to go through the parking lot topping off everyone elses gas tanks.
fencemanNY
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:18:06 AM

It's a start. But we need better storage for EV to take off.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 10:05:55 AM

Ok
Costello
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 9:57:16 AM

Be nice to see here!
w4kh
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 9:11:44 AM

Cool program - not only a charging station, but solar powered, AND the car gets to sit in the shade under the solar panels, which saves on cooling use for the trip home...
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 9:01:35 AM

Super!
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"Verizon, which joined the challenge, sees workplace charging as an additional step the company can take toward energy efficiency, said John Columbus, a spokesman. The company already uses alternative-fuel vehicles, including electric-powered vans, in its service fleet, he said. The company plans to evaluate which facilities have the greatest number of workers driving electric vehicles and install charging stations where they would get the most use."

Wish I could keep my cellphone charged...
gasmeup52
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:54:24 AM

Don't care. I'll stick with gas.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:52:02 AM

billy44bo raises and interesting question; what about shock safety in the rain or snow?
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:51:56 AM

sounds good
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:51:32 AM

whatever
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:50:17 AM

Must work well in the snow. NOT
Jamer
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:49:54 AM

With only 8 spaces to recharge it doesn't seem like too much demand or the plant doesn't care about their employees much.

[Edited by: Jamer at 2/25/2013 8:50:18 AM EST]
jony
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:49:38 AM

somebody will pay for that electric
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:48:59 AM

I wonder how much money they are being charged for the charge up. GM doesn't provide free gas to the other empmloyees do they?
Gassed01
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:48:51 AM

Does it have to be a Volt? Line workers make good money, but not enough to by a Volt. What if they drive a Prius or Leaf? Can they still plug it in?
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:48:26 AM

idiot's
sparkie951
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:47:56 AM

Welcome to Dumb and Dumber.... If that is the case, I want my company to buy me gas because that is preferential treatment.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:47:55 AM

Good move.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:46:07 AM

Still happy to buy my own gas.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:46:00 AM

good
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:46:00 AM

we'll see a fight break out on the evening news soon!
30mpg80
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:45:04 AM

Wonder how many workers at that plant, with eight chargers.
BoatP2Lee
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:45:02 AM

But the workers can't afford the $40,000 golf carts....
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:44:46 AM

i'm sure they have more than 8 employees driving an ev.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:44:45 AM


I still think EVs are not practical for the average car owner yet.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:44:04 AM

More freebies for the greenies.

Whining jerks
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:43:31 AM

That is fine if you are one of eight that get to use it.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:43:26 AM

Good for them
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:42:45 AM

WOW....eight chargers!
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:42:33 AM

we don't have a charging station here at my work so it doesn't do me any good buying one of these cars and two I don't trust the cars yet I drive 72 mile round trip to work I don't feel comfortable driving one of these and run out of battey power ...
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:42:20 AM

I like that!
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:41:54 AM

Not my employer................
bar1035
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:39:31 AM

Until there are more than 8 that need charging
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:39:21 AM

Thats so their employees can make it home after work!
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:36:49 AM

This is what it's going to take & more for sales of these cars to go up.

brurceha200 posted some good information, thanks.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:23:40 AM

Rewards
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:18:25 AM

Interesting post, bruceha2000
silverfox63
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:12:40 AM

Big deal.
bruceha2000
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:11:48 AM

"Hybrid electric cars can usually go about 40 miles fully charged"

Um, quite the blanket statement: "can usually go 40 miles". And incorrect. It should be "can go 15 to 40 miles depending on the model". 40 is the high end, on the Volt (actually 38 for the 2013). 15 is the low end, on the Prius (again 2013).

The tradeoff is the Prius gets substantially better MPG on gasoline than does the Volt. It also uses fewer watts to go a mile on electric. Charge up your Volt and go farther than the Volts electric range - think 33 to 35 MPG. Charge up the Prius and go on a long trip, figure 50+ MPG. That 15-17 MPG adds up to 4 cents more per mile in the Volt at $3.85/gallon.

Trips Between (energy use per mile):
0 and 16 miles, the Prius uses less.
0 and 75, the Volt uses less.
0 and 76+, the Prius uses less.
Longer trip "Dollar cost per mile", the Prius wins starting at 55 miles with gas at $3.60/gallon. The higher the price of gas, the shorter the distance needed for the total fuel cost of the Prius to be lower than that of the Volt.

And the range of the Volt is ~250 miles on the gas tank, so max ~290 if you start charged. At 290 miles, the Prius still has 200 miles "in the tank". Buy gas where it is cheapest, not when the car decides you need to stop.
Tnerbeel
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 8:00:35 AM

"Anyone who drives an electric car can plug it in to charge while they work."

And they'll have to just to get home. Maybe they should give them all Volts since they can't sell them.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 7:54:59 AM

The infrastructure needed to support charging a nation's entire EV fleet boggles my mind.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 7:54:20 AM

If they want their employees to make it home someone has too
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 7:53:43 AM

I remember way back when............... the EV1 and other e's hit the streets in calif., all sorts of charging stations popped up!Specially at Costco's......
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 7:50:59 AM

Put a time limit at the charging stations.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 7:50:37 AM

Guess its the only way Govt Motors GMC can sell Volts, give the workers free charging stations which amounts to free gas. So mostly Govt Agencies and GM employees are the ones buying Volts all at taxpayer expense.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 7:50:20 AM

Workplaces offer electric car charging, is this the only way GM can get people to buy their EV's? Start with the employees by bribing then with a free battery recharge during working hours and go from there.
Many large malls and stores offer free EV and Inbred charging to get you in the door.
EV's need high driving distance and a fast battery recharge.
Can other employers offer a free refill of gasoline when their employees show up for work?
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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