Verizon, Department of Energy Partner to Foster America's Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

  Verizon, Department of Energy Partner to Foster America's Electric Vehicle
                           Charging Infrastructure

Workplace Charging Challenge Aims to Increase Number of U.S. Employers
Offering Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Stations by Tenfold in 5 Years

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Verizon is joining with the U.S.
Department of Energy to help meet President Obama's goal of empowering the
U.S. to produce plug-in electric vehicles that are as affordable and
convenient as their gasoline counterparts.

The DOE's initiative, called the Workplace Charging Challenge, came in
response to the president's announcement last year of the Electric Vehicle
Everywhere Challenge, which is aimed at producing more affordable and
convenient electric vehicles by 2022.

Verizon and 12 other companies will help develop and commercialize the
infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations. The stations are vital
to the widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles throughout the United
States.

The Workplace Charging Challenge is committed to increasing the number of U.S.
employers offering workplace electric vehicle charging stations by tenfold in
five years. For more information about the Challenge or EV Everywhere, visit
www.electricvehicles.energy.gov.

Promoting more sustainable fleets and the use of alternative fuel vehicles is
part of Verizon's commitment toward meeting ambitious sustainability goals in
all areas of its business.

"Verizon has installed several electric vehicle charging stations at various
company facilities, which help support our customers, employees and our
private fleet," said James Gowen, Verizon's chief sustainability officer
during an appearance with DOE officials at the Washington Auto Show. "We are
currently conducting employee surveys to find the next locations to expand our
charging station program. The information we gather from those surveys will
inform how us about we increase the number of electric vehicle charging
stations currently available to our employees in the workplace by 2014."

A recent survey of some members of our Verizon Green Team – which consists of
more than 10,000 employees in 23 countries around the world who are passionate
about the improving the environment -- found that more than 80 percent of the
respondents would be more interested in purchasing an electric vehicle if they
had a place to charge it at the office.

The next round of Verizon employee surveys will be completed by June and will
focus on three large company facilities to determine employee interest in
charging station installations at those locations. As a partner in the
Workplace Charging Challenge, Verizon will announce its progress annually and
note its future plans.

The 12 other companies that are partnering with the DOE are: 3M, Chrysler,
Duke Energy, Eli Lilly, Ford, General Electric, General Motors, Google,
Nissan, San Diego Gas & Electric, Siemens and Tesla.

"The market for electric vehicles is expanding dramatically, giving drivers
more options to save money on gasoline while reducing carbon pollution," said
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."

Earlier this month at the Detroit Auto Show, Verizon and VIA Motors unveiled
an extended-range electric cargo van, which is expected to achieve 100 miles
per gallon with near zero emissions. Two of these electric vehicles are being
deployed and tested by Verizon in New Jersey and New York.

A Track Record of Sustainable Business Practices
Over the past four years, Verizon has been implementing a myriad of solutions
to reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet, including vehicle technologies
like all-electric, hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles, and processes such
as improved routing, reduced idling, and improved tire-efficiency and
pressure-monitoring processes. In addition, Verizon has a robust
sustainability strategy, which includes free recycling rallies that have
collected more than one million pounds of e-waste; an aggressive commitment to
various ENERGY STAR programs resulting in more than 115 ENERGY STAR-certified
stores; a wireless phone trade-in program, which collected more than one
million phones; and Verizon's HopeLine program, which provides no-longer-used
wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence. The strategy
supports Verizon's goal of cutting by 50 percent its carbon intensity – the
company's main sustainability metric that measures the amount of energy needed
to transport a terabyte of data over its networks – by 2020.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is
a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline
communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale
customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless
network, with more than 98 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon
also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services
over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated
business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of
the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues,
Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 183,400. For more information, visit
www.verizon.com.

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