Nissan Video 1 (Text Version)
Narrator: Image you can cut your compute to work in half. Increase your productivity at home and in your job all with a car that is almost free to lease.
Phil Libin (CEO-Evernote, Inc.): Everyone likes a free car.
Narrator: Sound like fiction. It's reality for employees at Evernote, a company focused on building aps that help people remember things.
Phil Libin: The Nissan Leaf actually helps our employees manage their time better.
Narrator: Evernote is located in Redwood City, California. It's an area considered Silicon Valley. People here who drive electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf qualify to drive in the HOV lane even when only one person is in the car. That can translate into a significantly faster commute.
Stephen Latour (Director of IT-Evernote, Inc.): Makes me smile just talking about it.
Narrator: Stephen Latour's trip to work used to take about two hours each way. Now that he drives the Leaf his commute is down to about thirty minutes.
Stephen Latour: You spend more time with your family. I get home. I'm in a better mood. I'm a better father. I'm a better husband. I come to work I'm a better boss. I'm a better colleague because I'm not grumpy. Traffic is very stressful, especially here because it's stop and go.
Narrator: That is exactly why Evernote's CEO, Phil Libin said he offered each of his employees two hundred and fifty dollars a month. The employees can use their allowance toward any vehicle that qualifies them to get a California car pool lanes sticker. If they get the Nissan Leaf their allowance completely covers the cost of the lease. Evernote negotiated a special deal with Nissan.
Phil Libin: The math really works out. Simply we have a lot of very talented, very valuable, and very highly paid people. They waste a lot of time in traffic and so if we can save them you know a half hour a day and that's very easy to do. A lot of people save much more than that. Very, very quickly that adds up to a whole lot more than what we wind up paying a month for a car. It just makes economic sense.
Narrator: Libin is not aware of any other company offering an electric vehicle allowance. But Nissan is actively trying to share what's working with other organizations.
Brendan Jones (Nissan Director EV Marketing and Sales Strategy): And we're taking the examples for those companies and letting them be the example for some of their other peer companies throughout the country. For a company, it's the best expression of their efforts towards sustainability because the vehicle not only is located at the company but then it goes out into the community.
Narrator: Evernote has ten Level 2 chargers and one DC Fast Charger to accommodate their employees who want to recharge at work. More than thirty major companies in the U.S. have committed to installing chargers at least one of their locations. The deal is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge. High tech companies like Google, FedEx, Dell, and Facebook have signed on.
Brendan Jones: Technology companies are usually first on the list because they're the quick early adopters and then we're down to all companies that are interested in sustainability, interested in having their employees drive electric vehicles, etc.
Stephen Latour: I believe more and more that more companies will adopt this. This has changed my life.