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Electric vehicle charging stations coming to campus

September 14, 2012
Royal Roads University BComm student Dawn Sheldon charges up her family’s Leaf at the new campus station.

Victoria – Royal Roads University is one of 71 organizations across the province to receive partial funding from the B.C. government through the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund to set up electric vehicle charging stations. The university is the first post-secondary institution to receive this funding.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer members of our community access to electric vehicle charging stations,” says Nancy Wilkin, director of the Office of Sustainability at Royal Roads. “The university is dedicated to environmental stewardship and these stations fit within our strategic objectives.”

The university will be installing two charging stations – one near the Mews Conference Centre and the other behind the Nixon building. The stations will be open to the public. There will be no charge for plugging in, but visitors will have to purchase a parking ticket.

Royal Roads will receive funding from the provincial government for up to 75 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum of $4,000 per station. The university will also receive some funding for the stations from the City of Colwood through the Solar Colwood program. Royal Roads is a partner in Solar Colwood and has many student and faculty researchers studying the program.

“We are delighted that Royal Roads University plans to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure on campus,” says Colwood City Councillor Judith Cullington. “Royal Roads has been an active and engaged partner in Solar Colwood and this reinforces our shared vision of a sustainable community.”

Colwood also received government funding for six stations to be installed by year’s end. These will provide free public charging at the library, park and ride and city hall. Two additional charging stations – Royal Bay Bakery and Capital City Centre – are already operational. Colwood is one of the municipalities leading the way in providing publically-available electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Find Royal Roads' charging station on the Sun Country Highway website.


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