Electric Vehicle Charging for Schools

Electric cars — By on June 25, 2011 at 7:13 am
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School Charging Program aims to help schools fund and construct EV charging stations

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.”

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Wouldn't you like to be able to charge your electric vehicle at schools?

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

If you’d like to learn more about School Charging, or how to help support the program, visit the official website, Facebook, and/or Twitter.

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5 Comments

  1. Ken F says:

    Wow. Hey Stephanie thanks so much for the write up!!! Much appreciated. Quick clarification. We have not yet installed any units, but we have a couple of schools already signed up in CT & VT, we’re hoping by late aug / early sept to have the first round of installs completed.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the correction Ken! I’m sure it won’t be long before you have the EV charging units installed. What a great idea and non-profit. Good luck! Stephanie

  3. Eric says:

    Great write-up … love to see in happening in schools … our future!

    Have a say, support an idea to get politicians to listen:

    https://www.ideavibes.com/engine/ideaengine/idea/view/id/194#comments

    Pass it on ……

  4. Stephanie says:

    Great link!! I hope everyone clicks and goes to vote! Electric vehicles are the future, so let’s start with educational facilities.

  5. Wow…that’s pretty nice! It’s great that they try to teach children from such an early age!

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