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AMD adds electric-car recharging stations for employees
statesman.com ^ | Nov. 24, 2010 | By Kirk Ladendorf

Posted on 11/27/2010 6:31:40 PM PST by Jet Jaguar

No workers yet have vehicles that need them, but company hopes to enable greener commuting.

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has installed three electric vehicle charging stations at its office campus in Southwest Austin, the company said Tuesday.

The stations are the company's effort to support workers who might want to buy electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles that are coming to market.

No AMD employees currently drive such vehicles to work, but several have expressed an interest, said Justin Murrill, the company's global sustainability manager.

"We wanted to have these charging stations so that our employees could have the confidence to seriously consider an electric vehicle purchase," Murrill said.

AMD said the stations cost a total of $31,000, but there is a 50 percent federal tax credit that applies.

Initially, the stations will be available only to employees. The company will pay for the electricity cost.

AMD's action fits with an announced plan by Austin Energy, the city's electric utility, to pay for a series of charging stations in the city to promote the use of green vehicles.

AMD used Coulomb Technologies Inc. as the supplier for its charging stations. The ChargePoint stations will be mapped on the Internet to support electric vehicle owners who need a battery charge. Owners can click on Coulomb's website to get a map of all its charging stations in the country and which ones are in use.

The company, which is considered a leader in making charging stations, said it has shipped about 1,000 since last year and has plans for many more. The cost of its public charging stations start at about $6,000 each. It takes about four to six hours to charge a vehicle with a 240-volt charging station connection, the company said.

Much of the interest in such stations comes from the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt and the electric Nissan Leaf, which will soon be available. More than a dozen other similar vehicles are planned to be built in the next few years.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: efv; electricity; energy; recharging

1 posted on 11/27/2010 6:31:41 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

More technological graffiti from the Left.


2 posted on 11/27/2010 6:33:00 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Jet Jaguar
add this one to your "stocks to short" list.

I wonder if the shareholders would have approved the expense.

3 posted on 11/27/2010 6:37:24 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (every bad idea once seemed good to someone.)
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To: goldstategop

When I ‘HAD’ a job, I asked the boss if he would let me charge an electric car at work (if I had one).

HELL NO, was his answer!


4 posted on 11/27/2010 6:38:03 PM PST by bicyclerepair (CD-20, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Re-charging stations for cars no one drives. How much did it cost AMD to build them?


5 posted on 11/27/2010 6:38:54 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Jet Jaguar

50% gov’t bribe


6 posted on 11/27/2010 6:40:15 PM PST by hattend (The meaning of the 2010 election was rebuke, reject, and repeal. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Free large green Kool-Aid with every fill-up.


7 posted on 11/27/2010 6:40:31 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Jet Jaguar
If these chargers don't use the SAE J1772 connector, they're effectively useless. Practically every new electric car or plug-in hybrid will use this connector, so those chargers at AMD's Austin, TX operations will need to be J1772 compatible.
8 posted on 11/27/2010 6:41:25 PM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: SpaceBar

That assumes there is going to be a demand for electrified Yugos.


9 posted on 11/27/2010 6:42:13 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: RayChuang88

Austin? That may be the one place in TX where people will drive those glorified go-karts.


10 posted on 11/27/2010 6:43:36 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: the invisib1e hand
add this one to your "stocks to short" list.

AMD's stock price is about the same as it was 30 years ago.

I wonder if the shareholders would have approved the expense.

I doubt it. The taxpayers are picking up half the cost of this stunt, and I doubt many of them approved either.

11 posted on 11/27/2010 6:45:55 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

“AMD said the stations cost a total of $31,000, but there is a 50 percent federal tax credit that applies.”

Sure is easy to spend that OP money!


12 posted on 11/27/2010 6:46:20 PM PST by mylife (Opinions ~ $1 Half Baked ~ 50c)
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To: Jet Jaguar


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

13 posted on 11/27/2010 6:46:39 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: mylife

In other words, AMD pockets $16,000 for three stations that will never see a car. Not a bad little profit!


14 posted on 11/27/2010 6:47:42 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Maybe AMD should get back to making chips instead of participating in political pandering and Intel wouldn’t be kicking their sorry asses so hard.


15 posted on 11/27/2010 6:47:50 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Well they got featured in a national news story for $15,000. Pretty cheap for advertising.


16 posted on 11/27/2010 6:49:51 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: goldstategop

Well, I cant imagine anyone driving one of these things on I-35 in august.


17 posted on 11/27/2010 6:50:32 PM PST by mylife (Opinions ~ $1 Half Baked ~ 50c)
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To: driftdiver

Yup. Lefty pandering can be profitable. They didn’t say they were doing it for free.


18 posted on 11/27/2010 6:50:52 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mylife

If its around town, the electric car is practical despite its limitations. If you want to drive more than an hour some place, that’s another story altogether.


19 posted on 11/27/2010 6:52:23 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Austin? That may be the one place in TX where people will drive those glorified go-karts.

Hey, speaking of Austin, do you know the difference between Texas U and San Diego State U?

San Diego State is bowl eligible. :)

20 posted on 11/27/2010 6:52:59 PM PST by Ole Okie (American.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I want a gasoline hose at my parking space, please.


21 posted on 11/27/2010 6:53:37 PM PST by CobraJet
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To: Jet Jaguar

>> to promote the use of green vehicles

What’s so freaking GREEN about a coal-powered car?


22 posted on 11/27/2010 6:55:04 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: goldstategop

Whats the AC suck down?
You have to have it in Austin.
What about gridlock?
You have it in Austin.


23 posted on 11/27/2010 6:55:11 PM PST by mylife (Opinions ~ $1 Half Baked ~ 50c)
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To: CodeToad
"Maybe AMD should get back to making chips instead of participating in political pandering and Intel wouldn’t be kicking their sorry asses so hard."

they sold off their fabs years ago.

24 posted on 11/27/2010 6:56:34 PM PST by spokeshave (Islamics and Democrats unite to cut off Adam Smith's invisible hand)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I live in such a pretty place—a town just a few miles from the city of Austin. It’s such a shame that this lovely city is run by liberal idiots, but the huge main campus of the University of Texas is located in the heart of the city, and I am told that is why the city is so left leaning.


25 posted on 11/27/2010 6:56:58 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Jet Jaguar

I bet in a few years when the company run into trouble, this will be the first cut. If something can not generate profit, its a mis allocation of resource (nothing but feel good)


26 posted on 11/27/2010 7:00:11 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: goldstategop

Read the article... it lists what they paid for installation. It also lists that it was a net loss to the company even with the fed repayments.


27 posted on 11/27/2010 7:16:37 PM PST by LowOiL (War Damn Eagle ! Beat Bama)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has installed three electric vehicle charging stations at its office campus in Southwest Austin, the company said Tuesday.

First three in to work in the morning -- win. The rest... so sad.

Brilliant.

28 posted on 11/27/2010 7:19:44 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: Jet Jaguar
No AMD employees currently drive such vehicles to work, but several have expressed an interest, said Justin Murrill, the company's global sustainability manager.

This position should be the first to be downsized.

29 posted on 11/27/2010 7:20:02 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
No AMD employees currently drive such vehicles to work

Hm. Maybe AMD hires employees bright enough to not fall for the scam?

30 posted on 11/27/2010 7:20:49 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: sionnsar

LOL


31 posted on 11/27/2010 7:22:09 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Is AMD hiring??? *\;^)


32 posted on 11/27/2010 7:23:40 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: the invisib1e hand
> add this one to your "stocks to short" list.

Then you would have to short the entire tech sector.
Even Bill Gates believes (at least publically) in Global Warming.

33 posted on 11/27/2010 7:39:32 PM PST by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic one Post at a Time)
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To: Jet Jaguar

“AMD said the stations cost a total of $31,000, but there is a 50 percent federal tax credit that applies.”

“Tax Credit” = subsidy = taxpayer funded = Increase in national debt.

Liberals have so many ways to destroy this country.

And does AMD charge for the charge?


34 posted on 11/27/2010 7:55:05 PM PST by Revel
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To: Jet Jaguar

National Semi has had them for a lot of years


35 posted on 11/27/2010 8:45:24 PM PST by clamper1797 (Pray for Obama ... Psalms 109:8)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Keep pushing the CO2 lie AMD.


36 posted on 11/27/2010 8:55:06 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: Jet Jaguar

Each battery hooked up to a charging station will be the equivalent of running an electric dryer for the 4-6 hours required to charge them. I wonder if Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has ran the math on how much that electricity is going to cost them?


37 posted on 11/27/2010 9:12:50 PM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

These electric cars should be considered coal powered cars since the electricity for them comes mainly from coal fired generator plants. Until we go nuclear, namely Thorium derived fission, we will be making more CO2.


38 posted on 11/27/2010 9:18:31 PM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: SecondAmendment
Even Bill Gates believes (at least publically) in Global Warming.

Believing is one thing. Diverting corporate resources is quite another.

39 posted on 11/28/2010 12:11:37 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (every bad idea once seemed good to someone.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
>Diverting corporate resources is quite another

You mean something like this ?
http://www.microsoft.com/environment

40 posted on 11/28/2010 5:48:51 PM PST by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic one Post at a Time)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Why doesn’t AMD get busy on finishing the Bulldozer processor instead of playing these PC games. They get that monster chip to the market and they can buy Tesla Motors e-cars for the whole development team. If they don’t get busy, Intel is going to reduce them to riding around in used golf carts.


41 posted on 11/28/2010 9:30:37 PM PST by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: SecondAmendment
that looks like mere marketing to me. "Cloud" is the buzzword these days, as (predictably) a perverse vertical integration in data dictatorship takes place.

I'm sure AMD wouldn't have lifted a finger to do what they're doing if the obama administration didn't make it worth their whiles, at the taxpayers' expense, of course.

42 posted on 11/29/2010 3:39:17 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (every bad idea once seemed good to someone.)
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