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AU’s Growing Number of Charging Stations For Plug-in Electric Vehicles

An electric vehicle charging station on campus

American University now has eighteen electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Main Campus and the Washington College of Law. The installation of the charging stations is part of AU’s commitment to providing sustainable transportation options and maintaining carbon neutrality.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) can help replace petroleum fuel with lower-emission electricity. Employees with access to workplace charging stations are six times more likely than the average worker to drive electric. With these benefits in mind, the Office of Risk, Safety & Transportation collaborated with Facilities Management, the Office of Sustainability, and the Transportation Advisory Committee to identify station locations, analyze demand, and assess program requirements.

“The expansion of our EV charging stations is a great reminder that even though we’ve achieved carbon neutrality, we can continue to expand our sustainability efforts on campus. AU sources 100 percent green power from offsite solar and renewable energy credits, so driving an EV and charging it on campus makes for a very green commute. EVs also do not contribute to local air pollution in the way that traditional combustion engine cars do,” said Director of Sustainability Programs Megan Litke.

The new stations are capable of Level 2 charging, and fully charging most electric vehicles in under five hours and efficiently serving multiple customers throughout the day. Reserved exclusively for the members of the American University community, the stations employ the latest technology in PEV charging and are easy to use via the Chargepoint app.

Charging stations are located at:

  • Katzen Arts Center Garage, Level P1 (Six charging ports)
  • School of International Service Garage, Level P1 (Four charging ports)
  • East Campus Garage, Level PT (Four charging ports)
  • Washington College of Law Garage, Level P1 (Four charging ports)

Charging a vehicle costs $0.25 per kilowatt hour. Most electric and hybrid electric vehicles’ charging sessions will cost less than $1. The fee directly recovers the cost of electricity, the charging infrastructure, and future system repairs and upgrades.

To sign up to use a charging station, open a ChargePoint account by visiting www.chargepoint.com. Payments may be made using the ChargePoint app, available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app provides users with real-time station availability, notifies customers when a charging station is free, and when charging is complete.

The Office of Risk, Safety & Transportation Programs plans to install charging stations in the Spring Valley Building garage in the near future and will assess demand for further program expansion.

Contact the Office of Parking & Commuter Services by calling (202) 885-3111 or by e-mailing: parking@american.edu

AU’s Growing Number of Charging Stations For Plug-in Electric Vehicles

American University now has eighteen electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Main Campus and the Washington College of Law. The installation of the charging stations is part of AU’s commitment to providing sustainable transportation options and maintaining carbon neutrality.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) can help replace petroleum fuel with lower-emission electricity. Employees with access to workplace charging stations are six times more likely than the average worker to drive electric. With these benefits in mind, the Office of Risk, Safety & Transportation collaborated with Facilities Management, the Office of Sustainability, and the Transportation Advisory Committee to identify station locations, analyze demand, and assess program requirements.

“The expansion of our EV charging stations is a great reminder that even though we’ve achieved carbon neutrality, we can continue to expand our sustainability efforts on campus. AU sources 100 percent green power from offsite solar and renewable energy credits, so driving an EV and charging it on campus makes for a very green commute. EVs also do not contribute to local air pollution in the way that traditional combustion engine cars do,” said Director of Sustainability Programs Megan Litke.

The new stations are capable of Level 2 charging, and fully charging most electric vehicles in under five hours and efficiently serving multiple customers throughout the day. Reserved exclusively for the members of the American University community, the stations employ the latest technology in PEV charging and are easy to use via the Chargepoint app.

Charging stations are located at:

  • Katzen Arts Center Garage, Level P1 (Six charging ports)
  • School of International Service Garage, Level P1 (Four charging ports)
  • East Campus Garage, Level PT (Four charging ports)
  • Washington College of Law Garage, Level P1 (Four charging ports)

Charging a vehicle costs $0.25 per kilowatt hour. Most electric and hybrid electric vehicles’ charging sessions will cost less than $1. The fee directly recovers the cost of electricity, the charging infrastructure, and future system repairs and upgrades.

To sign up to use a charging station, open a ChargePoint account by visiting www.chargepoint.com. Payments may be made using the ChargePoint app, available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app provides users with real-time station availability, notifies customers when a charging station is free, and when charging is complete.

The Office of Risk, Safety & Transportation Programs plans to install charging stations in the Spring Valley Building garage in the near future and will assess demand for further program expansion.

Contact the Office of Parking & Commuter Services by calling (202) 885-3111 or by e-mailing: parking@american.edu