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Electric Vehicle Charging Sparks Cisco Employees to Reduce Carbon Footprint

James Lynch’s Nissan Leaf bolts down a shady street in San Jose, California, hardly making a noise as it zips between lanes at 40 miles per hour. With the quick flick of the transmission and a forceful press of a foot, the powder-blue car jumps ahead on the smooth pavement with the force of a small sports car. This isn’t a Mustang, though.

It’s an electric car, and James Lynch is one of thousands of Cisco employees worldwide committed to reducing their gasoline consumption and carbon footprint by changing the way they drive. Cisco is supporting employees like James by installing more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on its campuses worldwide.

A row of electric cars charges at Chargepoint stations on Cisco's San Jose campus

A row of electric cars charges at ChargePoint stations on Cisco’s San Jose campus

Cisco joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge in March 2013, contributing to a national goal of achieving a tenfold increase in the number of employers offering workplace charging in the next five years. More than 55 companies have joined the Workplace Charging Challenge. According to the Department of Energy, there are 8514 public charging stations and over 20,000 charging outlets available to electric vehicle drivers in the United States.

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Will Utilities Become Obsolete? The 1st Step to Get Ready for the IoT World Forum

The inaugural Internet of Things World Forum is in just a few weeks and if you’ve registered you are probably getting excited with anticipation.  As part of your preparations for the World Forum (in addition to packing your clothing and power cords) you’ll want to plan your daily schedule.  

Session registration is on a “first come first served basis” and as sessions reach the capacity of the room, we’re closing registration. I thought I’d highlight a few sessions that sound interesting, to give you a taste of what’s to come, including one addressing the title of this post:

IoT UnitiliesBIZ 01 -- Disruption ahead! The new economics of a decentralized energy world.  This should be a fascinating panel session as 4 industry experts discuss why power generation will be decentralized (and how to roll your own power), the pros and cons of net metering (and who pays), the potential obsolesce of utilities, and the new business models we must explore.  In the past power has flowed in one direction -- from centralized plants to homes and businesses.  Now, however, power is flowing in all directions from hundreds of thousands of rooftop solar panels and other forms of distributed generation -- and this distribution will only get more complicated. Read More »

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Cisco’s Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Journey Continues

September 16, 2013 at 7:00 am PST

Today, Cisco is participating in the Drive the Dream event organized by the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Collaborative. We are excited to be working with Governor Jerry Brown and other organizations making up the electric vehicle ecosystem to promote the on-going effort to improve the environmental sustainability of our transportation system.  By continuing to elevate and discuss the issues and advantages in today’s electric vehicle market, we fuel future innovation and a more sustainable transportation system.

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Taking Carbon out of Commuting

May 1, 2013 at 10:27 am PST

I am pleased to announce that Cisco has become a Partner in the U.S. Department of Energy EV Everywhere Grand Challenge.

Cisco joined the challenge as we were already working to expand our existing electric vehicle charging capabilities in both our domestic and global locations.  We agree with the principles of the program to increase consumer access to plug-in vehicle (PEV) charging opportunities and potentially double the all-electric daily commuting distance for a PEV driver. By providing workplace charging, Cisco enables employees to choose a PEV, for sustainability or operating cost reasons, by effectively extending their range and flexibility.

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