AT&T (NYSE: T) has reported 36,000 of its California employees were among the first to test-drive the latest electric vehicles (EV) as part of a statewide education initiative led by the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative (PEV Collaborative) to help California reach 250,000 electric vehicles purchased in the state by the end of the year, the company said.
During Drive The Dream ride-and-drive summer celebration event, hosted by AT&T California, AT&T employees had the opportunity to test drive and experience nearly two dozen electric vehicles, learn about AT&T´s employee discounts on EVs, local, state and federal incentives, and find out how they can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The event was the first in a series of test-drive events as part of the summer ride-and-drive campaign. The initiative will include public education events and activities, including a series of similar test-drive events at corporate and community locations throughout the state over the next several months.
Company president Ken McNeely said, “AT&T is committed to reducing our own carbon footprint, improving the efficiency of our network and making our own fleet more fuel and carbon efficient. Now, we are asking our employees to help make a difference in reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the good of our state.”
During the kick-off event, McNeely asked all 36,000 AT&T employees statewide to consider an electric vehicle when purchasing their next personal car and encouraged them to take advantage of the employee discounts programs offered by AT&T, where employees can save an average of USD3,279 off the MSRP on select vehicles. McNeely also announced that the company is evaluating options to increase the number of EV charging stations for California employees.
Under Governor Brown, California has set the most aggressive clean transportation goals in the country, including creating a charging network to handle one million electric vehicles by 2020. Businesses and public sector partners have joined in the collaboration and initiated innovative programs to enhance workplace charging, fleet vehicles and provide incentives to employees for the purchase of PEVs. The PEV Collaborative reported that more than 50,000 plug-in vehicles were purchased in California during the past six months alone, for the first time reaching 200,000, a 25 percent increase since October 2015.
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