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ACT adds electric car charging stations

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

ACT employee Jennifer Seery has been waiting for a long time for the right reason to purchase an electric car.

"Cars have always been a pet peeve of mine for many reasons, and the biggest reason is gas," Seery said.

Seery is now in the market for a new car.

Her company is installing three electric vehicle charging stations at work, pushing her in the direction of going electric.

"(It's a) huge incentive because now I have no reason not to other than personal choice," Seery said.

"If we want our employees to be driving these energy efficient battery powered vehicles, they know they can charge it up when they come to work," said John Whitmore, ACT CEO.

ACT is working as a leader in implementing green initiatives, looking to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent by the year 2017.

It's a direction many businesses in the area are now headed.

"We're using best practices to help each other figure out how each of us can be more successful in reducing our carbon footprint," Whitmore said. 

The University of Iowa has invested in a 20 car charging stations as part of its sustainability goals.

Businesses are finding going green many times is not only good for the environment but good for the bottom line.

"Once businesses get into it and realize they can make these changes with a small investment, the return on investment is so good that they realize it makes good business sense," said Liz Christiansen, director of the UI office of sustainability.

Car charging stations at work may still have a futuristic feel.

But for many like Seery, going electric is a solution that makes sense right now.

"They're gorgeous, they're beautiful, they're fully equipped with all the bells and whistles like everything else.  The only difference is I don't have to pay $70 every time I fill up my tank," she said.

The charging stations at ACT are also open to the public.

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