The Coca-Cola Company has partnered with NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, to assist in the effort to have 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025, an initiative championed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Coca-Cola will provide electric vehicle charging at seven of its facilities across California, and eVgo will install and manage the charging stations.
eVgo’s Ready for Electric Vehicle program provides qualified workplaces with turn-key EV charging solutions, including charger operation, maintenance and driver support 24 hours a day. The Level two chargers, dedicated for the use of individuals working at the location, are compatible with all EVs.
According to Terry O’Day of NRG eVgo in California, by providing workplace charging, Coca-Cola is demonstrating how Fortune 500 companies can be both profitable and socially responsible.
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.
As of September, there were more than 100,000 EVs on California roads.
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.
In July 2013, Coca-Cola pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by 25 percent, compared to 2010 levels, by 2020. Five months later it converted 100 of its newly purchased 2014 Chevrolet Express service vans into fuel-efficient hybrid electric vehicles in support of the pledge.
In January, Coca-Cola was among a group of global companies that acknowledged climate change was a major threat to commerce.