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Ű Eaton, AutoFlex Train Veterans to Service EV Charging Stations
Jim Dankowski, Manager, Marketing and Business Development, Government Sales and Solutions, Eaton Jim Dankowski, Manager, Marketing and Business Development, Government Sales and Solutions, Eaton Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation will supply federal departments and agencies with electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and related installation and services equipment through a General Services Administration (GSA) contract awarded to AutoFlex, Inc. The contract is part of the Electric Vehicle Pilot Program (EVPP), a targeted investment to incorporate EVs and charging infrastructure into federal vehicle and building portfolios. With more than 60 charging stations already delivered, EVPP is expanding beyond the original five test cities: Detroit, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. To prepare for program expansion, Eaton and veteran-owned AutoFlex engaged with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) to create VETCARS, a pilot training program that teaches veterans how to install and service EV charging infrastructure. Veterans who complete the program can also earn a certificate to maintain the advanced batteries used in plug-in vehicles. The program will also help provide employment. CCBC administers the program and hires participants to manage its fleet of EVs. A strategic teaming effort between AutoFlex, Eaton, and VA Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Program, VETCARS targets veterans transitioning from duty. The initiative also strives to achieve the sustainability goals of the Federal Government Fleet to provide “Best Value” GSA Schedule teaming solutions and deliver EV technology. “The VETCAR program provides an excellent opportunity for Veterans in our CWT Program to be trained for a career in the growing field for green jobs and fuel alternatives,” said Tim Landis, lead vocational rehabilitation specialist for the VA Maryland Health Care System. Eaton, which has been named among the top 100 Military Friendly Employers from GI Jobs for four consecutive years, believes that corporations and communities benefit from partnering with veteran businesses. The company also provides equal opportunities for diversity business enterprises to compete for Eaton business. According to Eaton Chairman and CEO Alexander M. Cutler, this is an excellent example of how the public and private sectors can collaborate to enhance the government’s sustainability efforts while using the attributes that come with military experience. “As a company with a century-old tradition of doing business right, Eaton values the service and contributions of our military personnel to our country,” Mr. Cutler said. “They bring equally important skills to our workplace—discipline, leadership, ethics, and strong technical backgrounds.” AutoFlex, a fleet industry service for transportation, energy, and environmental projects, is a pioneer in the market development of alternative fuel vehicles. The pilot program is designed to advance plans to cut government petroleum consumption by 30 percent and supports an executive order for the U.S. to procure one million EVs by 2015. “As a ‘best value’ GSA Schedule teaming solution, our collaboration with Eaton positions our team to assist the government in achieving its internal sustainability goals while setting a precedent for the general public and creating global awareness for the fleet capability of alternative-fueled vehicles,” said AutoFlex President Luis MacDonald. Not only is AutoFlex a national provider of EV fleets to the U.S. government, but in this situation, its presence in Maryland facilitated the installation of EV stations along the I-95 corridor between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Eaton offers a full line of charging solutions and options for payment, access control, and network management for commercial/fleet applications ei
The first graduation class of VETCARS Installer Training Course at CCBC.
The core EVPP consisted of:
• 116 plug-in EVs will be leased to 20 agencies. • EVs are expected to annually save almost 29,000 gallons of gas, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 257 metric tons, and save taxpayers almost $116,000 in fuel costs. • Vehicles will be in five cities: Washington, D.C.; Detroit, Michigan; and Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, California. • GSA will work with agencies to install charging infrastructure in federal buildings in the pilot cities. • Pilot program will integrate EV technology and charging infrastructure into the federal fleet and federal buildings.
Photo courtesy of Eaton
• August 2012
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