Mar 30, 2013

EVC stationVancouver, BC – Langara has installed electric vehicle charging stations on campus in a bid to progress sustainability initiatives in the College community.

Two new charging stations were installed this week in the underground parkade beneath the College's LEED Gold-winning Library facility. The initiative is part of the new Plug Share program funded by the Fraser Bin Council as part of BC’s Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program.

"We are always trying to find new ways to support sustainable transportation," said Raymond Yeung, Langara's U-Pass and Transportation Coordinator."When we discovered the opportunity to have the stations implemented at Langara through the support of the Fraser Bin Program, we immediately agreed."

Open to all Langara students, employees, and the general public, the "Level 2" charging stations offer a 240 volt AC circuit and can be used to charge any plug-in electric or hybrid vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf, the Mitsubishi iMiEV, or the Chevrolet Volt. The charging stations on campus can be accessed using a ChargePass™ card or a contactless credit card. Other charging stations in the nearby community include the Sunset Community Centre, VanDusen Botanical Garden, and the Canadian Tire on Southeast Marine Drive.

The Government of BC has partially funded 454 new electrical vehicle charging stations across the province. Charging stations can be located on the Plug Share map online.

“Installing the infrastucture is a necessary step towards having more individuals purchasing electric vehicles in the city," said Patricia Baker, Langara's Energy and Building Operations Manager. "We want to be a leader in this community when it comes to sustainability initiatives, and providing opportunities for individuals to embrace innovative technology like plug-in electric or hybrid vehicles is a great step in the right direction."

Electric vehicles have become a popular choice for consumers who are looking for a “green” transportation option and cost savings. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and pure battery-powered electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, reducing GHG emissions for the city overall and increasing air quality.

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