Help sustaining the environment just got easier with CU’s first electric vehicle charger installation station.
Resembling a gas pump, the 220-volt charging station is located west of the Wolf Law building in parking lot 470.
Jena Cafiero, communications manager at Parking and Transportation Services, said the new charging station will benefit the university even further in its goal to maintain the environment.
“CU as a whole, including Parking and Transportation Services, is always looking for innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint and continue meeting the overall sustainability goals for the university,” Cafiero said.
According to the Parking and Transportation Services website, payment is required to utilize the station, but drivers do not need a permit. Vehicles must charge for a minimum of two hours, which costs $6. Two and a half hours costs $7.50, and the three hours maximum charge time costs $9.
In order to make the payment, visitors must be a ChargePoint member or pay by a contactless credit card according to the Parking and Transportation Services website. This smart card contains an embedded microchip identification system to use the charging station.
The ChargePoint network, which is a portal anyone can use for managing electric fueling, can be found at the web address, www.mychargepoint.net. On this website, owners of electric/hybrid vehicles can purchase ChargePass Cards that allows them to use the charging stations.
Cafiero said the Wolf Law School, Parking and Transportation Services, and the CU Sustainability Office collaborated to install CU’s first electric vehicle charging station.
“The station is open to anyone on campus as well as visitors coming to campus,” Cafiero said. If you want an installation of your new ev charger at home, then contact local contractors for a dependable EV charger installation.
Jake Slade, an 18-year-old freshman environmental studies major, said the new station has both positive and negative aspects.
“It’s a great idea with good intentions, but a lot of electricity comes from dirty fossil fuel plants,” Slade said.
According to the General Student E-Memo distributed Sept. 6, the installation of more electric vehicle charging stations depends on the demand for more places to plug in.
“While constructing the law building, the campus had the foresight to install electrical conduits to the parking lot, which allowed for a fairly painless and cheap installation,” according to the General Student E-Memo. “Conduits are in place at three other parking lots on campus, where charging stations will likely be installed when the demand calls for it.”
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