The city of Oakland, California is using Neste's NEXBTL renewable diesel in its municipal fleet. Oakland made the switch to NEXBTL earlier this month in order to help achieve the city's greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The city's fleet of 250 diesel-powered vehicles include street sweepers, construction equipment, tractors and mowers. "The switch to renewable diesel supports our efforts to make Oakland a more sustainable, innovative, and vibrant City," says Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. "The significant reduction in emissions provided by renewable diesel will create a healthier and safer environment for all of us." Oakland gets its NEXBTL from Golden Gate Petroleum, which also supplies the city of Walnut Creek with renewable diesel. Read more at Green Car Congress, or in the press release from Neste.

Toyota will demonstrate connected vehicles and present its carsharing program at the Tokyo Motor Show. As part of the show's Smart Mobility City 2015 project, Toyota will showcase its ITS Connect safety system, which uses vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity for collision prevention, emergency vehicle notification and cruise control. The automaker will also exhibit its Ha:mo transport system, which blends car sharing with public transport. Toyota has been testing Ha:mo in Tokyo as well as in Grenoble, France. Read more in the press release from Toyota.

California Governor Jerry Brown and a number of government and business leaders announced programs to improve workplace EV charging at Drive the Dream 2015. In particular, numerous organizations unveiled plans to install large numbers of charging stations for their employees. The event also showcased plug-in vehicles - including the Chevrolet Bolt - and the latest charging technology. "Workplace charging is a key component to encouraging more drivers to choose electric vehicles," says California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. "The significant commitment and investment employers made today, and that we hope additional employers will make, to bring electric vehicle charging to California workplaces can help accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles." Read more from the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, or in the press release from ChargePoint below.
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ChargePoint Joins Governor Jerry Brown, Business Leaders in Promoting Workplace EV Charging, Global EV Industry

Los Angeles, Calif. – As part of the company's continued commitment to making workplace electric vehicle (EV) charging easy and affordable, ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano today issued the following statement after the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative's "DRIVE THE DREAM 2015" event today in Los Angeles, during which ChargePoint joined Governor Jerry Brown and other business and government leaders in announcing aggressive new investments in workplace charging to advance the EV industry in California and globally:

"Offering electric vehicle charging is good for business – for employers, employees and customers alike. Not only does investing in EV charging establish a company as a leader in environmental sustainability, but it also underscores its commitment to attracting and retaining top-notch employees, supporting their personal sustainability choices and boosting their satisfaction at work.

"ChargePoint is proud to be among those championing this important issue. The commitments made today by our state leadership, as well as by business leaders from across all industries, will be essential to helping even more drivers make the switch to zero-emission vehicles."

Offering workplace EV charging is a raise for employees through gas and time saved (including use of HOV lane access and other credits and perks) and can help businesses attract and retain quality employees. According to the Department of Energy, employees with workplace charging are 20% more likely to get an EV. ChargePoint's business model and advanced cloud services make offering charging valuable for any type of business, since stations are independently owned by the business and can be easily customized, allowing companies to set their own pricing, access controls and much more. Current ChargePoint workplace customers include Google, Netflix, Microsoft and AAA.

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