INTERNET giant Google has accelerated its push into the automotive industry. The company has announced it will install 70 recharging outlets at its Mountain View campus in the US to power its fleet of electric cars.
The company already owns a number of Toyota Prius, Ford Escape and Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids and Nissan Leaf electric cars, dubbed gFleet, for its employees to use. It is also encouraging its employees to buy electric cars.
Google is working to establish a re-charging network across the US for its employees and help promote the electric car movement.
"By investing in new, green transportation technologies, Google is making a significant contribution to reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions," says Rolf Schreiber, Google's Electric Transportation program manager. "Our EVs and charging stations are part of our broader green transportation system that includes biodiesel shuttles that Googlers use to commute to work instead of driving their own cars. But we're only one company among many, so we hope our green transportation initiatives serve as a model for other companies to incorporate sustainability programs into their own workplaces."
Google has previously announced it is working on a self-driving car and recently announced a partnership with Ford to develop software to manage EV battery life better.