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Key Objective: 3.3 Electric Vehicle Task Force
The iCAP 2020, objective 3.3 is: “Establish an Electric Vehicle Task Force to identify key goals for supporting the use of electric vehicles on and off campus by FY22.” The responsible campus unit for championing this objective is Parking. Progress is tracked in the iCAP Portal project page for the Electric Vehicle (EV) Task Force.
Objectives #3.1 and #3.2 focus on vehicles and roadways within the university’s jurisdiction. However, many of our transportation objectives rely on individual decision-making as well as policy; therefore, we strive to make campus conducive to environmentally conscious lifestyle choices. One avenue for individual action concerns electric vehicle (EV) usage.
In 2018, Provost Cangellaris formed an EV Charging Task Force “to make recommendations on what steps the university should take, both now and in the future, to make EV charging available to commuters.”
In this region of the electric grid, an EV typically emits less GHG than a conventional gas-fueled vehicle of similar size. The Parking Department supports sustainability through implementation of public-use EV charging spaces, with 17 Level 1 charging spaces at five campus locations, and six Level 2 plug-ins at three campus locations.
Other charging stations have been added by individual departments outside of the Parking Department’s efforts. These include Research Park, the Union, iSEE, and F&S. To develop a holistic strategy for EV charging infrastructure and to identify key goals for supporting the use of EVs both on and off campus, the Parking Department will form a new EV Task Force to identify methods to facilitate the transition to EVs for students, staff, faculty members, and the community at large.