Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Installed at UCR

Units are part of "New Grid" project supported by South Coast Air Quality Management District

Electrical charging station unit

Eight Chargepoint electrical vehicle charging stations have been installed in four parking lots at UCR, including this one in Parking Lot 1 near Hinderaker Hall. Photo by Sean Nealon

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Eight electric vehicle charging stations have been installed at the University of California, Riverside as part of the College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology’s (CE-CERT) “New Grid” project.

The new charging units have “level one” and “level two” charging capability and are located in parking lots 1, 6, 15 and 30. Four additional “level two” chargers are located at the CE-CERT parking lot at 1084 Columbia Avenue in Riverside. The on-campus units are overseen by the UCR Office of Transportation and Parking Services and are part of the Chargepoint network.

According to Irma Henderson, alternative transportation program manager in Transportation and Parking Services, drivers will need to have a valid parking permit to use the space, though any permit that is valid for that time of day will be allowed, regardless of the lot that the stations are in.

car on charger

A Nissan Leaf is charged at the Lot 1 station. Photo by James Grant

“For example, the station in Lot 1 is located in the red spaces, but a person with a blue permit can park there as long as they are participating in an active charging session,” Henderson said.

The cost to charge a vehicle will be $1 per hour for the first four hours, then $3 per hour thereafter.

Henderson said that UCR-affiliated individuals will be able to enter a special code into the system that will provide a $1 per hour discount at the campus charging stations, making the service free for the first four hours.

The “New Grid” project is a two-year smart grid deployment supported by the South Coast Air Quality Management DistrictThe project involves a number of public and private partners and will include, solar arrays, advanced battery storage, vehicle charging stations, an electric trolley, and a grid management system to utilize renewable energy to charge electric vehicles efficiently.

As part of the program, 13 additional charging stations are being installed throughout the City of Riverside.

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Additional Contacts

Irma Henderson, Alternative Transportation program manager
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E-mail: irma.henderson@ucr.edu

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