Ipswich, MA -- August 10, 2011. 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.
Voltrek, an Andover, Massachusetts woman-owned company, oversaw the complete project to add two charging stations to the EBSCO campus. Voltrek is a national provider of turnkey solutions for building electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Voltrek Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kathleen Rosen, says EBSCO's installation is one of only a few private installations in Massachusetts. "There are a number of cities and towns looking to add these stations but to have a private company install two stations for its employees is a real testament to EBSCO's commitment to environmental conservation and to its employees."
There is currently a program from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources that will increase the number of charging stations in municipalities throughout the state. Salem is one of the communities slated to receive a charging station in November through the state grant.
About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the producer of EBSCOhost, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and eBooks. The company provides more than 350 databases and nearly 300,000 eBooks. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service (http://www.ebscohost.com/discovery). For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: http://www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information(at)ebscohost(dot)com. EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.