Google is installing 70 new electric vehicle recharging stations at its Mountain View, California headquarters. The internet giant is putting up the stations in the car parks of the area which will be available to Google staff and those using Google's car sharing program.
The company also plans to install 250 additional charging stations which it believes will make it America's largest company-owned EV-ready carpark. This will ensure Google will meet its target of making five percent of its carpark space EV compatible, giving us an indication of just how big Google HQ really is; if 320 car spaces makes up just five percent, that means Google's overall spaces total around 6400.
Google seems very committed to supporting green car technology and eco-friendly transportation methods, and is helping it grow at a faster rate. The company already offers shuttle buses for workers which are said to remove over 2000 cars from the roads each year. The buses use the latest in clean-diesel technology, some of them are even fitted with roof-mounted solar panels which generate enough power to run the buses without the engine.
Technical program manager for Google's Electric Transportation, Rolf Schreiber, spoke about the project in a recent announcement:
"By investing in new, green transportation technologies, Google is making a significant contribution to reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions… We hope our green transportation initiatives serve as a model for other companies to incorporate sustainability into their own workplaces."
Take a look at the video of Google's announcement below for more details.