TECO Energy offers workplace charging to employees with electric vehicles
The company joins a growing list of employers that provide electric charging access to workers
TAMPA, May 20, 2014
As part of its commitment to sustainable transportation, TECO Energy is providing access to plug-in vehicle chargers for employees – so they can charge up their own electric cars while they work.
TECO Energy signed a pledge to the U.S. Department of Energy that it would become a “workplace charging partner.”
The company’s existing charging infrastructure currently supports its Green Fleet of plug-in electric service vehicles, including 16 Chevy Volts, three Nissan LEAFs and 21 heavy-duty Dodge bucket trucks. Tampa Electric is planning to install additional charging stations at nearly 20 company facilities across West Central Florida to accommodate employees’ personal plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).
“One of the key steps to increase adoption of electric vehicles is to have accessible and convenient charging infrastructure so drivers don’t feel “range anxiety” when traveling across town or to and from work,” said Dee Brown, senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Technology, and chief ethics and compliance officer. “One way that Tampa Electric is leading by example is by making EV ownership more viable for our workforce.”
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, EVs have immense potential to increase the country's security related to energy, the economy and the environment. A transition to electric vehicles (including hybrid-electric) could reduce U.S. oil dependence by more than 80 percent and could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 60 percent.
To further support adoption of EV technology, in 2012, Tampa Electric formed a partnership with the University of South Florida’s Patel School of Global Sustainability and the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County to launch the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition, which supports local actions to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation. Today, there are more than 170 public charging stations across the Tampa Bay region. For more on electric vehicles, visit tampaelectric.com/ev.
TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company. Its principal subsidiary, Tampa Electric Co., is a regulated utility in Florida with both electric and gas divisions ( Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System ). Tampa Electric serves almost 700,000 customers in West Central Florida, and Peoples Gas serves almost 350,000 customers in most of Florida’s major metropolitan areas and beyond. TECO Energy’s other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal-production facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.