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Berkeley Lab Encourages Electric Vehicle Usage with Workplace Charging Facility

At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where the nation’s top battery scientists are working to achieve revolutionary advances in battery performance, electric vehicles (EVs) are not just a technology of the future. Growing numbers of employees are already using them to commute to work. To encourage even more to do so, Berkeley Lab has announced that it will start offering workplace EV charging.

Berkeley Lab scientist and electric vehicle owner Howdy Goudey tries out a charging station that will be available to permitted employees for EV charging. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab)
The workplace charging is just one of several initiatives Berkeley Lab is launching this year as it steps up sustainability efforts. This month it also started a pilot program intended to be a model for expansion across the Lab aimed at minimizing solid waste and increasing the diversion rate­—or the percentage of waste that does not go to landfill—to more than 75 percent.
“I’d like every initiative to contribute to three sustainability goals at Berkeley Lab—to effectively reduce our energy, waste, or water footprint, to cultivate a living laboratory that leverages our operating infrastructure to support Laboratory research, and to institutionalize sustainability by actively engaging Lab staff to make improvements,” said John Elliott, who was hired as the Lab’s first chief sustainability officer in 2012. “Our scientists do cutting-edge sustainability research—I want to extend that leadership in research to the operations of the Lab.”
A Lab survey in early 2012 found about 20 employees owned EVs at the time. “But we saw that we could have hundreds of EV owners over the coming years,” Elliott said. “We need to have a plan around EV charging.”


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