November 1, 2011

Electric vehicle charging stations available on campus

Vanderbilt University’s offices of Traffic & Parking, Plant Operations and Sustainability & Environmental Management and Medical Center Parking and Transportation Services have announced the pilot program rollout of nine electric vehicle charging stations that are now open to the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities.

The University Central’s stations were donated by Schneider Electric and Plant Operations has installed them in the following garages:

• Wesley Place Garage (double charger): Spaces 52 and 53
• 25th Avenue Garage (double charger): Spaces 325 and 326
• Terrace Place Garage (single charger): Space 63

Rates will be the same as the regular paid parking rates: $1 per ½ hour or a $10 daily maximum. These fees cover the cost of parking and there is no additional charge for electricity use at this time.

Please note these charging stations are separate from the solar charging station that is being constructed in Lot 5B at the corner of 21st Avenue and Broadway. Once construction is complete in early 2012, there will be a total of 15 electric vehicle charging stations on the University Central campus.

The VUMC chargers are part of the ECOtality project; a federally funded initiative to support electric vehicle production. These stations will be used as a “topping off” charge to help decrease range anxiety. During the pilot program there will be no cost to the user, however charging will be limited to two hours in order to give as much access to as many users as possible. The stations are located on the following lots:

• Lot 113 at the corner of Pierce Avenue and 21st Avenut (two single chargers)
• Dixie Place between the Central Garage and Oxford House (two single chargers)

Other locations will be added later.

To use the VUMC chargers, users will need to register through the Blink Network and request a RFID card to activate the charging station. The Blink Network also has maps to other EV charging stations located throughout the country that can be accessed by web or by smartphones with the Blink Network mobile app.

Visit the link below for instructions on setting up your account with The Blink Network and to request a RFID card:

https://www.blinknetwork.com/

For more information on University Central alternative transportation initiatives, please visit the Office of Traffic & Parking’s website at:
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/traffic_parking/alternative-transportation.php.

For more information on Medical Center alternative transportation initiatives, please visit the Parking & Transportation Services website at: http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/root/vumc.php?site=medcenterparking&doc=14375.