March 14, 2012

Tempe campus receives 6 electric vehicle charging stations

Posted: March 14, 2012
An EV charging station is mounted to a pillar at the Fulton Center garage.
ASU's Parking & Transit Services has partnered with ECOtality to provide 6, Level 2 Blink electric vehicle charging stations on the ASU Tempe campus.
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Arizona State University’s Parking & Transit Services (PTS) is partnering with ECOtality, a leader in clean electric transportation solutions, to provide six, Level 2 Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on the ASU Tempe campus.

“Integrating electric charging stations for use on the ASU Tempe campus is a component of the university’s commitment to achieving its carbon neutrality goal by 2025, and conveys to our surrounding communities that we are implementing the sustainability practices that we advocate,” says Ray Jensen, associate vice president of University Business Services and the University Sustainability Operations officer.

The stations are scheduled to be available for use on March 14, and will be located on the Tempe campus at Packard Drive South, the Fulton Center and the Tyler Street Parking Structure. Each Blink charging station can charge one EV at a time.

Once the stations are operational, ASU will be the largest public university in the state of Arizona to house such charging facilities.

“With the federal government increasing the new vehicle average mile per gallon to more than 50 MPG, a nationwide network of electric charging stations will increasingly become important,” says Raymond Humbert, associate director, Parking and Transit Services. 

Students, faculty and staff will have free access to charging stations with Blink access cards, which PTS will issue at their Tempe campus University Towers office. Visiting electric vehicle owners who are member of the Blink system also will be able to access the charging stations on the ASU Tempe campus. Thanks to a federal grant, electric vehicle owners will be able to charge their vehicles without paying for the cost of electricity.

ECOtality manages The EV Project and will oversee the installation of approximately 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia. The project will provide EV infrastructure to support the deployment of 8,300 EVs. The project is a public-private partnership, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant and made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information about The EV Project, please visit: www.theevproject.com.

To learn more about the electric charging stations on the Tempe campus, contact Ray Humbert, associate director of Parking & Transit Services at ASU at 480-965-9297 or raymond.humbert@asu.edu.

Sarah Mason, sarahmason@asu.edu
480-727-9658
ASU Parking & Transit Services