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The Obama administration will work with Google to put electric vehicle stations on Google Maps, and will also award $5 million for community-based efforts to expand electric vehicle adoption

Google has made several environmentally friendly commitments lately. For instance, the web giant invested $168 million in the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert in California, and just invested another $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Arlington, Oregon. Google has also played a role in the adoption of electric vehicles through programs like RechargeIT. 

Early last month, Google even added electric vehicle charging stations to Google Maps in an effort to make electric vehicle ownership more convenient. 

Now, President Barack Obama is looking to put 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, and to cut oil imports by one-third by 2025. To reach this goal, the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is partnering with Google to provide "up-to-date information about electric vehicle charging stations in communities worldwide." This initiative will build upon the efforts that Google kicked off in March with Google Maps

“Through this collaboration, key players from the electric vehicle and online mapping industries are coming together to ensure a consistent source of charging station location data that will allow consumers to find every charging station throughout the country,” said NREL Project Manager Witt Sparks.

“Google is excited to be part of the GeoEVSE Forum and to share EVSE location data with users through Google Maps,” added Cynthia Yeung of Google’s Strategic Partnerships team. “We’re proud to help give drivers the power to plug in.”

The Obama administration's second effort is to award $5 million in funding for "community-based efforts" to expand electric vehicle charging stations and infrastructure. Local governments and private companies will join forces to apply for funding to push for increased installation of electric vehicle charging stations in order to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. 

In addition, communities will create strategies and incentive programs to improve the electric vehicle experience. 

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By kontorotsui on 4/20/2011 11:49:20 AM , Rating: 5
At least Google doesn't use their immense wealth power to crush competion and sue competitors and users.

RE: Well...
By quiksilvr on 4/20/2011 11:58:07 AM , Rating: 5
I'm just gonna put this right here:

Diverting the thread to something pertaining to the article, I like seeing corporations and the government working together for improving the quality of life in the country, even if there is an ulterior motive. Everything has an ulterior motive, but who cares if the end result is positive?

RE: Well...
By phxfreddy on 4/21/2011 8:34:56 AM , Rating: 3
Yes but what is the governments ulterior motive?

....its becoming clear. Domination over the normal folk for purposes of coercion with end goal of milking out more power and money. All by a guy who is an incompetent leader in the terms of what was the latest thing in the technology called "democracy".

( of course if your goal is to make us a 3rd world country where a small class of uber rich have all say then he is wildly talented )

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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