June 20, 2007
Google launches plug-in hybrid car initiative
Chevrolet Volt concept. Click image to enlarge
Mountain View, California – Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google Inc., has announced its RechargeIT initiative, which aims to accelerate adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). As part of the initiative, the company awarded US$1 million in grants and announced plans for a US$10 million request for proposals to fund development, adoption and commercialization of plug-ins, fully electric cars, and related vehicle-to-grid technology.
In addition, Google Inc. announced that it has switched on a solar panel installation at its California headquarters, which will help reduce its environmental footprint and power its plug-ins with solar electricity. The Google project is the largest solar installations to date on any corporate campus in the U.S., and is one of the largest on any corporate site in the world.
“Clean energy technology can dramatically shift how we make and use energy for our cars and homes by charging cars through an electric grid powered by solar or other renewable energy sources, and selling power back to the electric grid when it’s needed most,” says Dr. Larry Brilliant, Executive Director of Google.org. “This approach can quadruple the fuel efficiency of cars on the road today and improve grid stability.”