Google Launches RechargeIT Plug-In Hybrid Car Initiative and Unveils Solar InstallationGoogle.org to fund more than $10 million to accelerate plug-in hybrid and vehicle-to-grid technology
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (June 18, 2007) – Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), today announced the RechargeIT initiative (www.rechargeit.org) that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil dependence by accelerating the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ("plug-ins"). As part of this initiative, Google.org awarded $1 million in grants and announced plans for a $10 million request for proposals (RFP) to fund development, adoption and commercialization of plug-ins, fully electric cars and related vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
In addition, Google Inc. announced that it has switched on the solar panel installation at its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters, which will help the company reduce its environmental footprint and power its plug-ins with clean solar electricity. At 1.6 megawatts – and with an electricity output capable of powering approximately 1,000 average California homes – the Google project is the largest solar installation to date on any corporate campus in the United States and one of the largest on any corporate site in the world.
The RechargeIT Initiative includes several elements designed to advance plug-in development and commercialization, including:
- Grants: Google.org announced grants to the following organizations:
- Brookings Institution (www.brookings.edu): $200,000 to support a spring 2008 conference on federal policy to promote plug-ins;
- CalCars (www.calcars.org): $200,000 to support its work to educate the public about plug-ins;
- Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) (www.epri.org): $200,000 to support its plug-in research and development program;
- Plug-In America (www.pluginamerica.org): $100,000 to raise public awareness and advocate for plug-in transportation;
- Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) (www.RMI.org): $200,000 to enable RMI to launch the design of a practical plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, with additional support and collaboration by Alcoa, Johnson Controls, and the Turner Foundation;
- Dr. Willett Kempton, University of Delaware (www.ocean.udel.edu/cms/wkempton): $150,000 for megawatt scale vehicle-to-grid research and implementation planning.
Today’s news closely follows Google’s sponsorship of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (www.climatesaverscomputing.org), which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by setting aggressive new targets for energy-efficient computers. Climate Savers and today’s RechargeIT illustrate Google’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact as a company and to protect the environment.
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