Employees at EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) in Ipswich, Massachusetts wondering whether to invest in an electric car have a new incentive. EBSCO has installed two Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at the company’s downtown headquarters—the very first commercial-grade charging stations in Ipswich.
The charging stations will allow employees driving plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and all-battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to recharge while at work. EBSCO Publishing President Tim Collins says if this encourages an employee to buy an electric car then it was worth the effort. “We want to make it as easy as possible to consider buying a car that has a smaller carbon footprint. If someone is on the fence about going electric, I hope that the prospect of being able to ‘top off’ the charge while at work will provide that extra impetus to making a more responsible buying decision.” Collins will be leading by example as he is in the process of buying an electric vehicle.
As a company that prides itself on its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, EBSCO has undertaken a number of green projects. EBSCO has two large photovoltaic solar electric arrays that help defray the energy output in two of its four downtown Ipswich buildings and a solar array that powers a hot water heater designated for its employee dining facility. The company takes advantage of its location next to the Ipswich commuter rail station by reimbursing the commuting costs of employees who take the train to and from work, and EBSCO has been providing its field sales teams with hybrid vehicles since 2007. EBSCO employs more than 850 people at its downtown campus.
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