AMD to supply electric vehicles for Texas employees

AMD has announced that it has installed three ChargePoint electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for employees at its ‘Lone Star’ campus in Austin, Texas, with additional stations planned at its Sunnyvale campus in Silicon Valley in Spring 2011.

The ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations, manufactured  by Coulomb Technologies, are installed with the aim of helping employees seek sustainable travel and cost effective commuting options, as well as aiming to boost the EV market.  The ChargePoint network technology will allow AMD to measure usage and control access where necessary. 

The charging stations in Austin have the capability to charge six vehicles simultaneously, delivering 100 percent renewable energy.  The charge stations have dual outputs that charge the vehicles, a 7.2 kW output  delivering Level II (208/240 VAC @ 30A) charging via a SAE J1772 connector and fixed 18-foot cable, and a 2 kW output delivering Level I (120 VAC @ 16 A) charging via a NEMA 5-20 receptacle protected behind a locking door.

Employees will be able to navigate towards the charging station using a smartphone, although if this happens to be at their workplace you would hope they wouldn’t need too much assistance finding their way, while Google Maps can be used to detect availability.  The ChargePoint Network also allows EV trip mapping, driver billing, 24/7 driver assistance, and greenhouse gas and energy savings measurement.

However, while the backslapping between AMD and Coulomb is so gleefully enthusiastic it can be nearly be heard across the pond, we should not getting too carried away with the ‘green credentials’ of a multi-national manufacturer, and one of the of the world’s largest producers of processors, when it pays for a small number of rechargeable vehicles.