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Electric vehicles will now be able to power up at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus.

The university has installed its first electric vehicle (EV) charging station, which is located in the parking area of Lazaridis Hall, adjacent to Balsam Street.

“The EV charging station continues Laurier’s leadership position in sustainability by expanding the availability of alternative transportation options and renewable energy on campus,” says Tyler Plante, coordinator of outreach and programs in Laurier’s Sustainability Office. “We know not everyone can take the bus or bicycle to campus — by providing this resource we are making it one step easier in choosing sustainable transportation.”

The EV station can host up to four vehicles with two level-two chargers. The station will be powered by solar photovoltaics, which amount to 12 kw/h of power and will be connected to Laurier’s growing smart grid through the university’s energy management system and future microgrid.

“The addition of these EV stations on campus and their rapid growth in our community supports the transition to a low-carbon economy,” says Plante. “This is particularly important in Waterloo Region, where approximately 40 per cent of our carbon emissions come from transportation. It’s helping us take a bite out of the biggest piece of the carbon puzzle.”

Regulations for Using the EV Charging Station

  • The EV charging station is reserved for electric vehicles that bear the appropriate license plate.
  • Electric vehicles must be actively charging while occupying the space.
  • A valid campus-parking permit or pay-and-display receipt must be visible when using the EV charging station. Non-permit holders can purchase a pay-and-display receipt from the machine located in the Lazaridis Hall parking lot (lot 33) or by finding zone 3508 on HonkMobile.
  • The EV charging station cannot be used for loading and unloading, temporary parking or as a pick-up or drop-off area.
  • Overnight parking is not permitted at the EV charging station.
  • Unauthorized vehicles parked in the EV charging station or failure to comply with campus parking regulations may result in a ticket and or towing of your vehicle.

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