EV Charging Stations

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Vivian Zeng, '13

TakeCharge! Brandeis University’s Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Brandeis offers three ChargePoint Level 2 (240V) dual Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations on campus in the following parking lots:

  • Athletics Lot

  • Admissions Lot, next to the Slosberg Music Center

  • Tower Lot, next to the Mandel Center for the Humanities

This project was funded by the Brandeis Sustainability Fund as a proposal by Vivian Zeng ‘14, the ChargePoint America Program, and the United State Department of Energy as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Read more about the project in the “Re-Charging Sustainability” article in the Justice on September 17, 2013.

Cost: The charging stations will be free for users, with the electricity cost subsidized by the University, for at least one year (through 2014).  

Parking: One parking spot is reserved for electric vehicle use at each station currently. A Brandeis parking permit is required. Visitors can obtain passes at the main entrance gatehouse or the University Police Dispatch Center in the Stoneman Building. Visit the Parking page here for more information

How do I use one of the ChargePoint Charging Stations? The charging stations are a part of the Chargepoint network of charging stations.  Wave your ChargePoint FOB in front of the display to unlock the charger. At a station and don’t have a FOB? No problem. Call the 888 number displayed on the unit and a representative will unlock it for you remotely. To obtain a FOB call 1-888-758-4389 or visit http://www.chargepoint.com.

Why EV? Electric vehicle use is growing significantly, with the number of EV cars on the road doubling from 2011 to 2012 and a goal by President Obama’s administration to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. EVs are propelled by an electric motor (or motors) powered by rechargeable battery packs. EVs have several advantages over vehicles with internal combustion engines, including costing only 3-6 cents per mile to fuel. Find out more about Electric Vehicles at fueleconomy.gov.

For questions about the EV stations, please email sustainability@brandeis.edu.