New electric vehicle charging stations will support sustainability at Queen’s
March 8, 2018
An expansive installation of electric vehicle charging stations will be available for students, staff, and faculty on main campus and at the Isabel this summer to support sustainable transportation.
Once complete, there will be 64 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in total on campus. The current project will provide 62 EV charging stations and was developed and funded via the Tesla Destination Charging Program.
There are two existing charging stations in front of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies building that were made possible by funding through philanthropic donations by Fraser Horn (Sci’89) and Hospitality Services on behalf of Coca-Cola.
The 62 new EV charging stations will be deployed across seven locations on main campus and the Isabel and will have charging options available for all makes and models of vehicles. Currently, using the new charging stations will not cost permit holders an additional fee.
“Greenhouse gas reduction is a priority for Queen’s, and providing electric vehicle charging stations across campus will help pave the way for more sustainable transportation options within our community. We are grateful to the Tesla Destination Charging Program which has enabled this project to support sustainability at Queen’s,” says Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration).
The installation of the charging stations at both surface-level and underground parking spots will begin at the end of February. Construction will last roughly four months.
“With this infrastructure in place, Queen’s can accommodate electric vehicles on campus by providing drivers with the chance to charge their vehicles at work or when visiting,” says Donna Stover, Parking Manager with Physical Plant Services.
Charging stations in the underground parking garages are available to underground parking pass holders, and surface charging stations will be available to permit and day pass holders. Email to parking permit holders will provide more detail and updates on the project, and additional signage will be posted at charging station locations to indicate the type of vehicles that can use the parking spots.
You can find the locations of installed charging stations on the Queen’s Sustainability Map and keep up with the electric vehicle charging station initiative and other sustainable transportation methods on the Queen’s Sustainability portal.