HSU Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Station

This is a press release from Humboldt State University:

Humboldt State University HSU ThumbnailHumboldt State University recently unveiled its first electric vehicle (EV) charging station, located next to the Schatz Energy Research Center’s “West Wing” addition.

“We are proud to introduce electric vehicle charging to the HSU campus and advance our goals of greenhouse gas reduction and sustainability,” says. Peter Lehman, the Schatz Center’s founding director. The new charging station supports goals articulated in HSU’s Climate Action Plan and reflects the Center’s longtime investment in clean transportation.

Gasoline and diesel transportation currently accounts for 39 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions. Zero-emission vehicles, including EVs, directly limit both greenhouse gases and air pollution. Additionally, EV charging stations can support clean power generation. By charging their vehicles during the day, drivers can offset the solar energy duck curve reducing the need for nighttime energy storage and allowing utility operators to incorporate more solar generation on the grid.

To charge at Schatz:

● The Schatz Energy Research Center is located on the south side of campus, across from the Behavioral & Social Sciences building. To access the charging station, take the driveway between the G14 and G15 lots (see map) and park on the south side of the Schatz Center.

● The Schatz station can provide charging for either of two adjacent parking spaces. One parking space is EV-only; parking here is limited to four hours, and the vehicle must be charging while parked. The second space is ADA parking (EV not required). HSU parking permits are required for both spaces and can be purchased from the kiosk in the G15 lot.

● This first charging station was installed with funding support from HSU’s Office of Research, Economic & Community Development and will serve as a pilot for the campus. Initial station rules are based on policies from California State Universities with similar parking needs and constraints. After Parking and Commuter Services has data on HSU usage patterns, a formal EV charging station policy will be created. Additional stations will be installed as parking lots undergo routine renovation.

More than 40 engineers, scientists, and students work on renewable energy projects at the Schatz Center, including “smart grid” development, international energy access, and clean transportation strategies. For the latest activities and events, visit schatzcenter.org/news.

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10 comments

  • groba dude osnt trustafarian

    Great. Now you can go to HSU and live in an ELECTRIC car…

    • Soon-to-be Former Supervisor Ryan Dumberg

      And you can go to Bob Jones University and live in a moonshine shack. 🌔

  • Divide by Zero

    Great idea, because why put the fuel in your tank when you can put the same fuel in a power plant a thousand miles away, transport the electricity, with all the loss involved through resistance, send it by way of a substation through even more wires, and wait 3 hours for your 80 mile range car to reach full charge? Virtue signaling is a damn expensive proposition and just a wee inconvenient. But hey, it feeeeeeels good.

    • Here comes sunshine

      Hmmm my car has a 310-mile range and charges off the solar grid-tie system so I guess your not up on the latest facts

      • Some feel good about saving money and the air we breathe.
        Some feel good when they whine and complain.
        To each their own – whatever brings you bliss.

        • The batteries and electronics of electric cars mostly change the location of pollution to the place of mining, manufacturing and ultimate disposal. So a little less smugness would be appropriate.

      • Just out of curiosity, what make electric car do you have? Is it one of the new Tesla Model X p100d model that costs 140,000.00+. I wasn’t aware of any of them with a 300-plus mile range on a single charge. You must also have one heck of a solar array to be able to fully charge an electric car. As a person who has lived off the grid since the mid 80s I’m really interested in the technology you’re utilizing, I would love to run my house off of it.

  • I can’t have any sympathy for HSU’s budget problems when I see luxury projects being funded.

    • Luxury or investment?
      Mine cost me about $600 to install.
      A daily HSU parking permit is $3.50
      It will pay for itself fairly quickly I would think.

      • But a gas car still pays the daily parking permit. So unless the university charges for the power, they are losing money. If the charging is by solar power or other non grid sources like sunshine above, the charging station is more costly to build but is still only a break even. It has to charge more than the permit amount to be feasible so I assume there’s a charge for charging.

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