The Coca-Cola Company has partnered with NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., to join Governor Jerry Brown’s call to have 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025. Coca-Cola will provide electric vehicle (EV) charging at seven of its facilities across California.
eVgo will install and manage the charging stations to provide workplace charging for Coca-Cola employees with EVs.
Coca-Cola is participating in the eVgo Ready for Electric Vehicle (REV) program to support their employees’ sustainable choices. The REV program provides qualified workplaces with turn-key EV charging solutions, including charger operation, maintenance and driver support 24 hours a day.
The Level 2 chargers, dedicated for the use of individuals working at the location, are compatible with all EVs. With over 100 fast charge stations currently installed across California, drivers who sign-up for eVgo workplace charging can also select to have access to the extensive and growing eVgo fast charge network which is able to charge most EVs with a fast charge port in 30 minutes or less.
“Coca-Cola has partnered with NRG eVgo to leap forward in providing this needed amenity to our workforce in California,” said Richard Crowther, Director of Sustainability & Environmental Affairs for Coca-Cola. “Drivers across the state are choosing to drive electric and our partnership with NRG eVgo facilitates our employees joining this transportation revolution.”
Both Coca-Cola and NRG Energy are a part of the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, which encourages companies to offer workplace charging outlets to associates. The eVgo partnership is an expansion of Coca-Cola’s employee-driven EV program, piloted at the company’s Atlanta site. In 2012, Coca-Cola partnered with the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative (PEVC), a statewide organization focused on accelerating the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), to meet California’s economic, energy and environmental goals.
At the beginning of September, the number of EVs on California roads topped 100,000. This milestone is a major accomplishment for California policymakers, business leaders and residents and is proof positive that demand for EVs is on the rise. As the world’s 8th largest economy, California has a real opportunity to lead the world in clean air and emissions reductions.
The eVgo chargers will be located at Coca-Cola campuses in Sacramento, Coachella, Downey, Sylmar, downtown Los Angeles as well as two facilities in San Leandro.