In celebration of Earth Day 2013, ChargePoint, Inc. the largest network of electric vehicle charging stations, announced it has teamed with BMW ‘s premium, electric car sharing program DriveNow to showcase the benefits of electric vehicles and EV charging in the workplace. ChargePoint ‘s EV charging stations will be showcased and test drives of the fully-electric BMW ActiveE will be offered on the Bay Area campuses of leading Silicon Valley companies including Microsoft for Earth Day events.

In celebration of Earth Day 2013, ChargePoint will offer free ChargePoint cards to EV drivers from Earth Day through Thursday April 25, 2013. EV drivers can up sign up for a free ChargePoint card by visiting: here.

“Workplace charging plays a critical role in the adoption of electric vehicles, ” said Pat Romano president and CEO of ChargePoint. “Installing EV workplace charging is a sign of corporate leadership, provides employee benefits that can help attract and retain a cutting-edge workforce and enhances sustainability efforts. We are pleased to partner with leading Silicon Valley companies and BMW ‘s DriveNow program to highlight the importance and growth of EV charging in the workplace as well as Earth Day. ”

There are more than 11,000 ChargePoint EV charging spots worldwide and more than 1700 organizations now provide EV charging in the workplace. Public ChargePoint locations are included on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone and Android. These mobile apps provide an easy way to locate stations near any specified address, get turn-by-turn directions, and even start and stop a charging session directly from a smart phone. Additionally, these apps allow drivers to utilize ChargePoint Network ‘s station reservation feature. Drivers can locate reservable stations, and then make, view and cancel a reservation directly from a smart phone.

Launched in August 2012, DriveNow is a flexible, premium car-sharing program offering the opportunity to drive BMW ‘s first all-electric vehicle, the BMW ActiveE with zero emission driving. The fleet of 70 ActiveE vehicles is located at multiple DriveNow Stations around San Francisco, The East Bay, Oakland International Airport, Palo Alto and the San Francisco International Airport. After registering online, customers locate and book an available car using the DriveNow web site or mobile app. They then return the car to the same — or any other — DriveNow Station, allowing for convenient one-way trips, if desired. Stations are located around the city, close to BART, MUNI and bike-sharing stations. In celebration of Earth Day DriveNow is offering 50% off of membership. Register and receive the lifetime membership fee for only $19.00 using the earthday1 promotion code at valid now until May 3, 2013.