Google’s Electric Vehicle Fleet Infrastructure

Google’s Electric Vehicle Fleet Infrastructure

Rolf Schreiber. I’m a Technical Program Manager
here at Google, and I work on electric transportation
initiatives. We started Google RechargeIt
back in 2007 as one of’s first projects. The goal of the program was
to help accelerate the commercialization of plug-in
electric vehicles and to show that the technology
was viable. We also wanted to help build
the ecosystem for a sustainable electric
transportation future. Passenger vehicles make up 1/2
of the transportation global greenhouse gas emissions
each year. We already had our employee
shuttle system in place, which removes over 2,000 cars from
the road each year. Plug-in vehicles have the
ability to reduce tailpipe emissions and criteria
pollutants by 40 to 80% over a traditional internal
combustion vehicle. We figured these vehicles could
abate the emissions from our employees driving around
our Mountain View campus as well as from their own
personal vehicles. So we acquired a number of
Toyota Prius hybrids and Ford Escape hybrids, as these were
the only vehicles that had an aftermarket plug-in module. These cars were the genesis
for Gfleet, our employee car-sharing program that allows
our employees access to green vehicles to run errands
or do other trips around our Mountain View campus. Having access to our Gfleet
vehicles has also inspired Googlers to go out and buy their
own electric vehicles. JOE FABER: My name’s
Joe Faber. I’m an attorney here
at Google. This is my Nissan Leaf
right behind me. I drive it to work every day. I’ve been doing it for about two
months, and I really enjoy it, especially when I drive
past all the gas stations. But I couldn’t have made a
decision to buy this car unless Google had put in
the necessary charging infrastructure to allow
me to plug it in. It makes me really happy to work
for a company that thinks that this kind of infrastructure
is an important part of our work environment. ROLF SCHREIBER: Now that the
Chevrolet Volts and the Nissan Leafs are available, we’re
excited to be ushering in this next generation of
plug-in vehicles. We’ve already deployed a number
of Leafs and Volts and soon we’ll have over 30 vehicles
in Gfleet for our employees to use. We’re also expanding what we
believe to be one of the largest corporate EV
infrastructure deployments in the United States. We also wanted to provide free
workplace charging for Googlers with plug-in hybrid and
electric vehicles, so we partnered with Coulomb
Technologies to expand our charging capacity. RICK NEEDHAM: Sustainability
is core to our culture. Our electric vehicles and
employee charging stations are really just part of
our broader green transportation system. They’re great perks that also
make it easier for Googlers to use our shuttle system so they
have alternative means of transportation once they
get to campus. That’s all part of making Google
as green as possible. Our biodiesel shuttles use the
latest in clean diesel technology, saving 80% of
emissions from engines that were used just a
few years ago. And we continue to experiment by
putting solar panels on top of our shuttles so we can
pre-cool them without having to run the engines at all. Between Gfleet, our employee
charging stations, and our shuttle system, we’re taking the
equivalent of 2,000 cars off the road every day. That results in a net annual
carbon savings of 5,400 tons, which is equivalent to avoiding
14 million vehicle miles every year. By investing in new green
transportation technologies, we’re not only providing great
benefits for our employees, but we’re trying to do
our part to help the industry grow. But we’re only one company. So we hope that other companies
will take a look at these technologies and figure
out how they can incorporate them into their own
operations. [MUSIC PLAYING]

54 Replies to “Google’s Electric Vehicle Fleet Infrastructure”

  1. How about investing some in project better place, you could install battery swap stations in a few directions going away from your campus, so those electric vehicles with battery swap support can have their range doubled, tripled or more.

  2. Awesome! Is Google fully sustainable yet? I imagine it's difficult to run fully sustainable datacenters, so perhaps this is a great offset for that.

  3. I generally like google and their products. We even use some of the software they provided at our university. However, has anyone of you asked them selves, where did this electricity come from? For a few vehicles it may have come from sun cells, but if majority used electric cars.. where would that electric have come from? And I'm sure it's worse to use COAL to produce el. instead of driving a modern diesel engine.
    Untill we figure out fusion, el. cars are useless.

  4. @stewiegriffin26 the Volts are also 40 grand. their 'mileage' is pretty poor (high 30's to low 40mpg's) compared to prius(40's to low 50mpg's) or a modern euro diesel(40-60mpg). the plug in charger which doesn't take freaking hours is also something like $2500 + installation. i actually thought chevy has actually got the volt right until i stopped by a dealer and asked around and then looked some more info up..

  5. Where does the electricity come from? Heard of Hoover Dam? Another FDR-era public works project still humming along.

  6. Yes , you can visite my web site : : The first ads site dedicated to ecological vehicles: hybrid and electric

  7. I have been trying for 4 years to start a vehicle to grid (V2G) system in Australia. I have been turned down for a start up grant by British Council and Sustainable Energy Council.

    Most grants seem to go to 'green wash' programs, i.e. lets change the incandescent light bulbs to incandescent light bulbs. I feel like I am banging my head against a brick wall in Australia. What is your tip to seeing some progress in this area?

  8. @richiesvideo Keep on push the message for a green future. The more people support it the more popular it will become. It require more pressure on the Australian government to offer tax savings for green vehicles. There are some companies offering electric cars modified from the original. Perhaps more green car fairs is a way to get more people interested.

  9. Great work! I'm starting to make my own electric conversion car so I can drive to work in a green truck and have a net fuel saving of $90 per week.

  10. @kunturi53 They have become much more than just that. They are now one of the leading innovators in the world, the developers of the Android operating systems, and the largest private investor in certain wind farms.

  11. R u a good kisser?
    1. Hold ur breath
    2. Go to another video
    3. Post a comment like this
    4. If u make it ur a good kisser

  12. free charging? wow id totally switch my 012 fiesta for a leaf if I get a job from google right after college. Thats over $200 worth of savings every month in san jose for gas.

  13. Bla bla bla, we have the technology for unlimited milleage, but we play the game of the oil companies and think about charge stations.
    Unplagged, sell charge that is the answer to all people.
    Do not think about rural, think about cities, unpolluted cities.
    You got the idea!!!!

  14. KNOW the LIMTACIONES of force of the MOTOR and autonomy battery of the EV. Imagine a device mechanical (not electric) which increases the strength of the engine without higher power consumption up to 20 times, Imagine another device which gives infinite and constant electrical charge to the batteries. Do it is fantasy, the idea is perfectly viable, relatively simple would be willing to invest in it Google?

  15. you guys are awesome…but you should sell all your chevy crap and buy more all electric cars like the nissan leaf and the tesla cars…screw chevy…watch the movie,"who killed the electric car" then kill your chevy crap cars

  16. I hope Jay Leno is right when he say's electric is going to be daily commuters and combustion becomes a luxury every now and again car.


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