MetLife, Inc., an official partner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, has installed innovative electric car charging stations at company offices for employees to power up their plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) during the workday.
According to the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), through June of this year cumulative U.S. plug-in vehicle sales have more than tripled to 110,000 cars versus just a year ago.
With 32 charging stations, also known as Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), at 14 U.S. facilities across 10 states, MetLife currently has the most wide-spread workplace charging program of any non-PEV industry company currently participating in the Workplace Charging Challenge.
The company selected GE to provide the charging stations based on its advanced technology and its strong business relationship with MetLife. The procured GE EVSE units are Level II chargers, which allows for a reduced charge time from 12-18 hours to 4-8 hours.
“I never considered buying an electric car until MetLife offered this unique program,” said Sean Asure, a company associate. “There are a lot of misconceptions with an electric car, but once I purchased the vehicle and started charging it at work, I immediately realized the benefits of a more cost effective commute.”
MetLife installed a total of 32 charging stations in the following 14 sites: Aurora, Ill.; Bloomfield, Conn.; Bridgewater, N.J.; Dayton, Ohio; Freeport, Ill.; Johnstown, Pa.; Morristown, N.J.; Oriskany, N.Y.; Scranton, Pa.; St. Louis, Mo.; Tampa, Fla.; Troy, N.Y.; Tulsa, Okla.; Warwick, R.I.
Source: MetLife, Inc.