The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has installed six charging stations for electric vehicles across City and East campuses.
The stations, installed in mid-November, were funded by a pair of matching $21,500 grants from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy and Lincoln Electric System.
$1.2 million in funding for charging equipment was made available to businesses across the state last fall to encourage more Nebraskans to purchase electric vehicles. While there are currently only around 500 electric cars in Lincoln, that number is expected to grow to nearly 4,000 by 2025.
“As electric vehicles become more popular, having these charging stations on campus is a no-brainer. We hope that students, faculty and staff who already have an electric car or are looking to purchase one in the future find this to be a convenient, accessible option,” said Dan Carpenter, director of Parking and Transit Services. “We’re also incredibly grateful to the state and LES for their support in this project.”
Four of the charging stations are located on 14th Street in parking spots west of Howard L. Hawks Hall. The other two are located in the parking lot north of the Nebraska East Union.
“We wanted to find a place to put the stations where they would be accessible to not just faculty, staff and students, but also to the general public as well,” Carpenter said.
The stations are capable of charging Teslas, along with other popular brands of electric vehicles.
Starting a charging session is similar to paying for a parking spot at a meter. Users will need to scan a QR code on the stations, download an app, and register their email and payment information. Charging costs $1.50 per hour. Once charging is complete, the rate increases to $3 an hour.
Students, faculty and staff — or anyone with a university-associated email address— will receive 50% off all charging costs.
For additional information about the stations, contact Parking and Transit Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-472-1800.