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Electrifying campus drivers

Which came first—the widespread use of electric cars or easy access to charging stations? Like the chicken and egg question, that’s yet to be answered.

UBC is the second largest commuter destination in Metro Vancouver.
But the University of British Columbia is on its way to finding out with the debut of 18 new charging stations on campus. These will provide not only juice for electric vehicles, but fuel for sustainability research.

UBC completed its electric vehicle infrastructure project in April. Ten stations are located at the University Services Building to power its fleet of electric vehicles, which zip around on campus business. Thunderbird Parkade houses another eight stations to power electric cars driven onto campus by faculty, staff, and the general public—free of charge.

Until recently, there were no electric-car charging stations open to the public at UBC. The 16 electric vehicles that were part of the Building Services fleet had only basic facilities to charge them, as well as four wireless induction stations.



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