For Immediate Release
Ellen Carey
Director of Media Relations
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January 31, 2013

Electrification Coalition Joins New DOE Electric Vehicle Charging Initiative

Diamond says new ‘Workplace Charging Challenge’ will help promote energy security

WASHINGTON – The Electrification Coalition (EC) was announced today as an Ambassador of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) newly revealed Workplace Charging Challenge, unveiled in a speech by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. The initiative is part of DOE’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge.

“The EC is thrilled to be part of this exciting new initiative, which aims to help build the plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure we need to end our transportation sector’s near total dependence on oil, which threatens our economy and national security,” said Robbie Diamond, President & CEO of the EC.

As an Ambassador of the program, the EC will work to support and promote the deployment of workplace charging infrastructure around the nation.  Electric vehicles are an essential technology for fortifying the United States against the volatility of the global oil market, which is subject to price manipulation and geopolitical instability.

“We’re committed to taking solutions aimed at reducing our nation’s oil dependence and applying them where they can have a real impact,” Diamond said.  Making workplace charging options available will be critical in establishing an ecosystem able to support electric vehicles as widespread alternatives to oil in the transportation sector.”

The EC has published two detailed plans, the Electrification Roadmap and the Fleet Electrification Roadmap, designed to facilitate a transformation of the U.S. transportation sector from one dependent on petroleum to one largely powered by alternatives like electricity.

About the Electrification Coalition

The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, non-profit group of business leaders committed to promoting policies and actions that reduce America’s dependence on oil by facilitating the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. The members of the Electrification Coalition are leaders of companies representing the entire value chain of an electrified transportation system.