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.
last month, Google even added electric vehicle
charging stations to Google Maps in an effort to make electric vehicle
ownership more convenient.
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
“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
“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.”
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
addition, communities will create strategies and incentive programs to improve
the electric vehicle experience.
quote: I just read that GM has a 20 years tax exemption.