Google Rolls Out Ebikes To Their Mountain View Campus

BY Cameron Newland

Google employs more than 50,000 people, and around 20,000 people in Mountain View alone, and that means that the logistics of transporting Googlers to work – and to other buildings on and around their campus – is a difficult one indeed.

In an attempt to scratch their own itch, Google has developed autonomous vehicles to transport employees around, and has been working with regulators to legalize autonomous vehicles.

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Google Autonomous Vehicle Concept

In addition to their autonomous vehicle project, Google already offers hundreds of utilitarian (though some call them ugly), colorful bicycles for use on their sprawling campus.

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Google Bikes

Yesterday, Googler Mike Pegg posted an update on Google+ about Google’s new Specialized Turbo ebikes that employees can check out for use on or near the Googleplex:

Signed out an ebike over lunch to transit to another Google campus. So. Much. Fun!! They should be called weeee bikes! 🙂 Got it to a top speed of 26 mph. Had a huge smile on my face after using it!
– Mike Pegg

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One of Google’s Specialized Turbos
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Google’s Asset Tracking barcode on a Specialized Turbo

According to Googler Jacob Glick, Google began testing out the Specialized Turbos with employees last year.

Jacob and Mike are hardly alone in their ebike use: Googler Rob Russell replied to Mike’s post and noted that he’s been quite happy commuting to the Googleplex on an ebike for the past few months.

This report indicates that electric bike usage is growing at a healthy pace at Google’s headquarters, and Google’s efforts to increase ebike use on their campus are likely paying dividends in reduced auto traffic, more efficient utilization of parking, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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A lone IZIP E3 Dash sits among employee bikes at Google’s Venice, CA office

Google is also reportedly working with Pedego and other ebike brands to study the use of ebikes on or near their campuses.

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A Pedego electric bike on Google’s Mountain View campus

Source: Google Has An eBike Program – Search Engine Roundtable