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Industry Leaders Join Forces to Help Consumers Plug In

U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Google Inc., and more than 80 organizations involved in electric vehicle (EV) deployment will collaborate to provide consumers and industry with accurate and up-to-date information on the locations of electric vehicle charging stations. The data generated through the partnership will be housed on DOE's online Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC), which is managed by NREL and funded by DOE's Clean Cities initiative.

The partnership, called the GeoEVSE Forum, links Google's mapping technologies and experience with the industry leaders that are installing charging stations in communities across the nation. The goal of this new collaboration is to establish a primary data source for GPS and mapping services tracking electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) locations or charging stations.

"Through this collaboration, key players from the electric vehicle and online mapping industries are coming together to ensure a consistent source of charging station location data that will allow consumers to find every charging station throughout the country," said NREL project manager Witt Sparks.

Although most EV charging will take place at drivers' homes, publicly accessible charging stations extend the range of plug-in electric vehicles, giving consumers more choices for charging while on trips. The partnership will ensure consumers have access to charging station location data that's inclusive of all equipment manufacturers and charging networks.

The GeoEVSE Forum is made up of more than 80 public- and private-sector organizations, including charging equipment manufacturers, installers, and charging networks; vehicle manufacturers; Internet and GIS companies; and major consumer goods retailers planning to offer storefront charging. Participants include Coulomb, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Tom Tom, and Best Buy.

"Google is excited to be part of the GeoEVSE Forum and to share EVSE location data with users through Google Maps," said Cynthia Yeung of Google's strategic partnerships team. "We're proud to help give drivers the power to plug in."

DOE's Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center already provides consumers with the locations of more than 600 EV charging stations through the Alternative Fueling Station Locator. The EV and alternative fuel station information through the AFDC is available to third parties for use at www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/data_download.

The GeoEVSE Forum will enhance the collection, cataloguing, and publishing of information on charging stations found on the AFDC website.

For more information on the partnership, visit www.afdc.energy.gov/geoevse.

Source: the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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