Recently, I had a reader alert me to this new, (soon to be) non-profit organization called the “School Charging Program.” The purpose of the program is to help fund construction of electric vehicle charging stations at schools across the U.S. By building infrastructure in advance of demand, the School Charging Program is one of the organizations leading the way to help transition drivers from fuel-based vehicles to plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles.
In addition to making it convenient for students, staff and visitors to recharge their EVs during a visit to campus, electric vehicle charging stations at schools will also set an example for students and the community at large, showcasing the benefits of driving electric.
According to the official website:
“The idea behind the School Charging Program is pretty simple – we help schools raise the money for installing their EV / PHEV charging network. We find the right local contractor, we oversee the installation to make sure it’s done right, the final step is helping to educate the students, teachers and any parents in a hands on tangible manner how it all works.”
The New York-based School Charging Program has already helped install EV charging stations in Connecticut and Vermont and hopes to spread its reach across the U.S.. The organization works primarily with Coulumb Technologies, which installs its Charge Point Charging Station and Network. The actual EV charging station looks like a parking meter, and is accessed with a special card the driver uses to access a plug receptacle which remains locked until the driver returns to open it.
There are numerous benefits of the Electric Vehicle Charging for Schools Program:
- Provide functioning charging station for the use of teachers, students, parents, visitors
- Potential revenue streams for the school if they should so choose to activate the pay-per-charge
- Symbolic commitment to a greener / cleaner energy future
- Educational component for all
- Helping to promote the use of zero / low emission vehicles