Plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming possible for more and more lifestyles and budgets. With more than 50 models on the market and federal tax rebates available for purchasing EVs, some 800,000 Americans have made the switch. But as more Americans go electric, they need the charging infrastructure to help them charge on the go. Here are two reasons to install electric car charging stations at your educational institution.

Convenience

University communities usually include students, faculty, prospective families, and visiting guests. Placing stations around campus can make charging more convenient for university visitors, as well as give faculty and staff a reason to go electric. Whether they’re on campus for office hours, tours, lectures, or football games, conveniently placed charging stations will help them make the most of their visit.

The electric vehicle trend isn’t just a fad — it’s a takeover. The U.S. electric vehicle (EV) market posted a solid first half (H1) of 2017, growing almost 40% year-over-year to 90,302 vehicles. In fact, as of October 2018, there are now over 1 million electric vehicles in the US. If you want to serve your community and attract the greatest minds to your school, you need to plan for EV drivers.

Efficiency

Many EV drivers purchase their cars to take advantage of the opportunity to be energy-efficient. On average, fueling a car with electricity is roughly the same as $1/gallon of fueling with gasoline. According to the Department of Energy, electric vehicles convert as much as 62% of energy from grid to wheels, while conventional gas cars only use as much as 21%. That’s a significant difference in efficiency! Increased efficiency of your vehicles combined with your other sustainability programs can help your entire campus community be energy-efficient.

Universities have the unique opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability by installing EV charging stations. Whether your main goal is to support campus visitors, earn LEED status, or to promote a sustainability plan, electric car charging stations are a highly visible way to take the lead.

Learn more about SemaConnect EV charging stations at universities.