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MetLife, Inc., an official partner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, has installed electric car charging stations at company offices for employees to power up their plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) during the workday.
According to data from the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), which is largely based on HybridCars.com’s Dashboard, through June of this year cumulative U.S. plug-in vehicle sales have more than tripled to 110,000 cars versus just a year ago.
Understanding the need for PEVs and the importance of a sustainable future, MetLife said it is firmly committed to the national effort to promote alternative transportation. With 32 charging stations, also known as Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), at 14 U.S. facilities across 10 states, MetLife said it currently has the most wide-spread workplace charging program of any non-PEV industry company currently participating in the Workplace Charging Challenge.
“MetLife has a broad and deep commitment to sustainable business practices,” said Joseph Sprouls, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Services for MetLife. “Not only are we putting a stake in the ground through this innovative, green initiative, but we’re also encouraging our employees to do the same by giving them the alternative mode of transportation for their commute to work.”
The company selected GE to provide the charging stations based on its advanced technology and its strong business relationship with MetLife. The procured GE EVSE units are Level II chargers, which allows for a reduced charge time from 12-18 hours to 4-8 hours.
“GE is proud to collaborate with companies, such as MetLife, that are at the forefront of sustainability initiatives,” said Seth Cutler, Lead Product Manager, EV Infrastructure for GE’s Industrial Solutions Business. “This cutting-edge technology provides employees a great alternative to their traditional mode of transportation.”
MetLife said it embraces environmentally responsible business practices through energy management policies, investments in renewable energy projects and by integrating environmental sustainability platforms throughout its global enterprise. It also has encouraged its employees to participate in these initiatives with an increasing number of MetLife employees taking advantage of the charging stations for their electric cars.
“I never considered buying an electric car until MetLife offered this unique program,” said Sean Asure, MetLife associate. “There are a lot of misconceptions with an electric car, but once I purchased the vehicle and started charging it at work, I immediately realized the benefits of a more cost effective commute.”
MetLife said it installed a total of 32 charging stations in the following 14 sites: Aurora, IL; Bloomfield, CT; Bridgewater, NJ; Dayton, OH; Freeport, IL; Johnstown, PA; Morristown, NJ; Oriskany, NY; Scranton, Pa.; St. Louis, MO; Tampa, FL; Troy, NY; Tulsa, OK; Warwick, RI.