If you’re used to driving a gas guzzler, you might not realize just how popular electric cars are becoming. But during the first half of 2017, the U.S. market for electric vehicles grew by nearly 40% year-over-year. There are now over 1 million electric vehicles on the road in the United States! However, one of the factors that sometimes deters people from purchasing an electric vehicle is the accessibility of charging stations. While most electric vehicles have more than enough battery range for a daily commute, and most EV owners charge overnight at home, most drivers also want to be able to charge while they’re out and about. By installing more commercial EV stations all across the country, businesses and organizations can do their part to encourage greener and cleaner transportation.
That’s just one reason why many hotels, offices, and retailers are so willing to embrace EV charging solutions. But those aren’t the only places where electric vehicle charging stations can be found. Now EV charging stations are popping up on college campuses. There is no better way to educate the masses on the benefits of electric vehicles and appeal to campus visitors than to install charging stations. For them, the opportunity to charge an electric vehicle is just another reason to fall in love with your school.
Paving the Way with EV Charging
There are many reasons why electric car charging stations are perfect for higher education. For one, colleges and universities tend to be larger employers. They also tend to embrace newer technologies for the benefit of future generations. That makes these campuses a perfect fit for EV charging. Campus charging can be a great way for schools to reduce their carbon emissions by encouraging a cleaner commute from employees and students, especially in areas that have limited access to public transportation. And because these schools often have access to the bright minds of young students, it’s a great way to get the student body involved in environmentally friendly practices (and even the design and implementation phases of EV charging). Many students are already excited about sustainability, and allowing them to apply their passion and coursework to campus-wide green initiatives can help support their education. Some schools are even paving the way in researching energy and electric vehicle charging stations, which makes the installation of electric car charging stations on college campuses a true no-brainer.
EV Charging Benefits Universities
Of course, all EV charging station projects come with unique installation challenges. But because college campuses tend to have already substantial parking areas, finding the perfect parking spaces for EV chargers is not a problem for most institutions. Colleges and universities may also have access to grants, research awards, incentives, and other sources of funding that may not always be available to other types of organizations. Therefore, this makes EV charging implementation more accessible for these educational facilities. With smart networked stations, they can even restrict access to charging stations to reduce public use and ensure that only those actually associated with the university are able to take advantage of this service. However, other schools may decide that offering public access could help to support their green initiatives. This may fit in well with the school’s intended promotional efforts, as the installation of EV stations can result in increased media coverage, selling points for prospective students, and solidify the school’s presence in the community.
Electric car charging stations are now more widespread than ever. But thanks to the efforts of many college campuses nationwide, this technology is now accessible to even more Americans. What’s more, the willingness of these educational institutions to embrace this technology can encourage other organizations to follow suit.
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