Salt Lake Community College is going green with its new electric car chargers.
The high-voltage charging stations can charge any type of electric vehicle at the Taylorsville Redwood and South City campuses. At the time of this writing, the chargers have earned $222.52 and helped eliminate 250KG of greenhouse gasses since they were installed back in June 2015.
“I think it is important to know that the college is very interested in sustainability,” says Rand Webb, environmental health and safety manager for SLCC. “We are willing to pay for no exhaust and saving gasoline and keeping the air clean. We really try to do our part.”
SLCC students and faculty can charge their vehicles for free for two hours and $10 each additional hour.
The chargers were paid for partially by a grant from the State Division for Air Quality. The grant also came with two Nissan Leafs for the school’s use.
Plans for more chargers
SLCC currently has three dual-headed chargers — two at Taylorsville Redwood and one at South — and would eventually like to have one at every campus.
According to Webb, the school faces two obstacles: securing funding for new chargers and digging up parking lots and other construction to get power to the chargers.
The Westpointe Center will most likely get the next charging station during one of its next construction projects, followed by the Miller and Jordan campuses.
“I think it’s great that the school is being supportive of the green movement and that eventually they will be a great resource for students and faculty,” says Brianna Vaughan, a student from the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.
The charging stations are used approximately three times a day. The most charges in a single day was 16 on August 27, 2015.