UTS helps charge-up the EV network
A newly installed public charging point in the Building 10 car park gives UTS staff, students and neighbours a convenient place to charge-up their EV cars.
There’s a new patch of green in the Building 10 car park – a specially marked bay available for quick and convenient charging of EVs (electric vehicles).
The number of EVs on the road in Australia is growing steadily, with more than 2000 sold here in both 2018 and 2017. But this is still a small percentage of the overall number of cars sold each year and Australia has had a glacially slow uptake of EVs compared to most OECD nations.
One of the challenges faced by drivers who have made the switch – or who would like to – is finding locations to charge. While many people opt for a private charge point at home, this might not be an option for apartment owners or residents limited to on-street parking. ‘Range-anxiety’ can also be an issue for drivers who have to travel long distances and may not make it home before needing a recharge.
An accessible and widespread network of public charging stations is an essential element of a successful EV revolution.
“We’re lucky at UTS that we’re centrally located and most of our community can use public transport to get to campus, keeping their carbon emissions low,” says UTS Green Infrastructure Manager Jonathan Prendergast. “But many people who need to drive want to do it as sustainably as possible."
This on-site charging bay will make switching to an EV a genuine option for people who regularly drive to campus.
The charger is part of the Everty network. It can be located on their online mapping system and pre-booked to ensure it’s available when needed. As it’s located in a commercial carpark, users will pay the regular parking fees to get access and around $2 to cover the cost of the charge.
The charging point gives access to a 22kW AC charger that can be used by all models of EVs. While a DC fast charger is recommended to extend EV range on highways for long trips, this AC charger provides the top-up needed for standard commuting and will charge faster than a standard power outlet.
Australian studies have shown that electric vehicles charged from the grid have lower emissions than standard internal combustion engine vehicles on average. Drivers charging at UTS can also feel reassured that energy used on campus is becoming increasingly green, with UTS solar investments seeing us on track to be 60% solar-supplied within the next two years. Also, charging during the day (instead of overnight) helps soak up the energy from the new solar infrastructure being built across NSW.
“The take-up of EV cars in Australia is inevitably going to grow – but right now it needs a boost,” explains Jonathan. “The UTS community is very sustainability-aware. By installing this highly visible and publicly accessible charge point on campus, we’re giving people who drive here the option to seriously consider choosing an EV when they buy their next car.
“It’s a useful resource and it’s adding a little more green to our campus. We’re looking forward to seeing the charge point in high demand, and are ready to meet more demand if needed.”
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