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As part of our ongoing effort to reduce our impact on the environment, Microsoft has initiated a pilot program to install Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) on the Microsoft Redmond Campus. This means that Microsoft employees and vendors can now access 12 ChargePoint stations - each station capable of charging 2 electric vehicles at once. The ChargePoint Network, a network of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the Microsoft Corporate Campus, accommodates all electric vehicle types and helps to create a welcoming environment for electric vehicles in the Puget Sound region.
Microsoft manages its charging stations via Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network. The network uses smartcards for identifying customers at charging stations, and an online portal gives customers remote access to charging information and electricity costs. The network also provides 24/7 driver telephone assistance, e-mail or text message alerts for “charging session interruption” or “charging completed”, and individual driver portals to track energy usage and greenhouse gas savings.
The charging stations will be available to charge employee-owned electric vehicles, as well as other company service vehicles.
They left out the most important part! It cost 50 cents an hour, or about $5.00 for your average work day to use the charging stations. This is in a parking garage that is free for everyone else. Now why should I go green at Microsoft if it's going to cost me a lot. Microsoft may be going green by installing these charging stations but they sure don't want the employees to benefit.
Thanks for your comments Randy. You’re right, that the electric car owner pays for the electricity he/she uses from the ChargePoint stations, just as an owner of a fossil fuel based vehicle would pay for his/her own fuel (albeit at a fraction of the cost). If you are looking for cheaper alternatives to driving and charging your EV at Microsoft, you can always consider our free Connector buses that run throughout the day and so far have reduced traffic in the Puget Sound by over ten million car miles a year.
Good info! I know these charging stations cost over $2000 to install (I'm having one put in my home), so appreciate their availability regardless of whether the electricity was free or not. Anyone charging at home would have to pay that amount anyway. Seems more than reasonable to transfer the utility cost to the employee.
By the way, visibility to charging progress and email alerts when completed is pretty cool stuff. It's something I intend to use in the future. Thanks for sharing.
EVs are not going to be successfully. We already tried this in the 1990s and Americans flatly rejected EVs. Why? They are a hassle to (remember to) plug in, take forever to recharge, have incredibly limited range, and are way too expensive. Microsoft should be investing in technologies that are commercially-viable instead of the pipe dream that is EVs.
MSFT as usual pretends to "care" to the right thing, but ends up putting the burden and cost of marketing on the shoulders of its employees, while its executives continue to get millions is bonuses for keeping the company in mediocrity.
I usually work off hours, and I do not even get heat or cooling in my office, what makes you think that MSFT will give its employees a $2.5 in electricity?
Another pathetic example of MSFT's leadership.