Can you plug in your car at work?

chargingNow this is what we’re talking about, the government working with companies and organizations to support the electric vehicle industry.

At the end of January, the Department of Energy announced that a total of 21 organizations were taking part in the Workplace Charging Challenge, an effort to install charging stations across the U.S. to help speed acceptance of plug-in vehicles.

Since many EV chargers can also be powered by the sun, the challenge could also result in more solar-powered chargers, particularly in parking lots, according to a report on CleanEnergyAuthority.com.

The list includes major national companies including the Detroit Three, Duke Energy, Eli Lilly and Company, GE, Google, San Diego Gas & Electric, Siemens, Tesla and Verizon.

Eight organizations also signed up including NextEnergy, Plug-In America and Rocky Mountain Institute.

“The market for electric vehicles is expanding dramatically, giving drivers more options to save money on gasoline while reducing carbon pollution,” said outgoing DoE Secretary Steven Chu. “These 13 companies are taking strong steps to make charging infrastructure more broadly available to their workforce — setting an example for others to follow and helping America lead the global race for a growing industry.”

The Challenge is part of President Obama’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, a plan to make electric vehicles as convenient to buy and drive as gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.

This is just the kind of collaboration we need: good news for industry, good news for government and good news for the environment.