The installation of its first 10 electric vehicle charging stations represents significant improvements in electrifying the campus, says UWindsor sustainability officer Nadia Harduar.
“The University of Windsor is continuously striving to reduce its overall carbon footprint while fostering a culture of sustainability on and off campus,” she says. “Together we can make more sustainable choices to create a better environment now and for future generations.”
A total of 20 ports are expected to be operational by Spring 2023 in parking lots at the Toldo Lancer Centre, Faculty of Education, Assumption Hall, and Centre for Engineering Innovation, as well as the Wyandotte Street parking structure.
Community members will also be able to use the EV charging stations in Visitor and Pay and Display parking lots. Standard paid parking rates still apply when charging an electric vehicle. Additional fees for EV may apply and are still under review.
This inaugural installation of EV charging stations follows the results of the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Survey administered in December 2021. Facilities Services identified priority locations for the EV charging stations, which were confirmed by the survey results.
Harduar notes that half of respondents stated they were “highly likely” to use an EV charging station on campus; for drivers who already own an electric vehicle, this percentage jumped to 82 per cent.