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.