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USA: Electric-vehicle chargers installed outside of Brauer Hall

That’s not a new parking meter or air pump for your tires outside of Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall — it’s a charging station for electric vehicles.

E. Brook Haley

The new electric car charging station outside Brauer Hall.

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton; Ralph Quatrano, PhD, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and Pratim Biswas, PhD, the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Professor and chair of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, will formally introduce the charging station at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the parking lot outside of Brauer Hall, where two parking spots have been reserved for electric-powered cars.

Installation of the station, purchased by Washington University, stems from an independent study project by Elizabeth Mohr, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering. Working with Biswas, Mohr did a lot of research and legwork before presenting the results.

“I learned a lot about electric vehicle charging stations and all of the features and different considerations that you have to look at when choosing one,” Mohr says.

The charging station can charge two vehicles simultaneously. Similar to the WeCar rental system, drivers of electric-powered cars will be able to register online with or visit Parking and Transportation Services and get a key fob with an RFID chip that they can hold up to a reader on the charger. Once recognized, the charging handle will unlock. Users may also call the toll-free phone number on the charging station to activate it. A full charge takes about four hours. There will be no cost to users.

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