Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Project Snapshot

Project Manager: UBC Project Services – Karen Koyama

Project Summary

Project purpose: To install electric vehicle charging stations on campus for use by fleet vehicles and staff, faculty and public vehicles.

18 Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations were installed: 10 at the University Services Building for fleet vehicles and eight at Thunderbird Parkade for staff, faculty and public use. Depending on the type of vehicle, a Level 2 charging station will provide 10 to 20 miles of range per hour of charging.

All equipment has a utility-grade energy meter and Smart Grid interface. A gateway station has been located at both sites to permit the installation of additional stations as demand increases.

This project was completed in conjunction with Building Operations and Parking & Access Control Services. Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) also provided grants.

Sustainable features

This project was implemented as part of UBC’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. The use of more electric vehicles reduces not only carbon dioxide emissions but also the gasoline and fossil-fuel powered vehicles on campus. UBC hopes that providing this infrastructure for the community will encourage students, academics, and residents to go electric.

The actual charging infrastructure will allow students to get engaged in research on micro grids and power electronics.