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Stephen Bieda, Ontario Regional Director, Sun Country Highway, and Al Ross, supervisor, Parking Services at Brock, at the University’s recently installed electric vehicle charger by the main entrance to the International Centre at its east campus in St. Catharines.

Niagara This Week – Aug 09, 2013

Next time you’re in the area of St. Catharines or Thorold and the battery in your electric vehicle is running low, you can roll into Brock University for a charge.

The university recently installed its first electric vehicle charger (EVC) by the main entrance to the International Centre at its east campus in St. Catharines.

The charging station, which was partially gifted to the university by Sun Country Highway, is available to students, staff, faculty, as well as local residents and visitors to Niagara. Sun Country is a Canadian-owned company that works to raise awareness about electric vehicle infrastructure and zero-emission transportation.

The Brock EVC is a 90-amp unit that provides up to 90 kilometres of travel on a one-hour charge on select e-vehicles. The indicator light on the unit indicates the status of the charge — red means fully charged; green indicates that charging is in progress.

Users must have the appropriate license plate on their electric vehicle in order to use the parking spot to charge up. Brock permit holders can use the EVC at no additional fee. Non-permit holders can purchase parking at the nearby pay and display machine ($2.50 per hour) for the duration of the time required to charge their vehicle.

“This is an example of Brock’s contribution to an environmentally responsible campus,” says Tom Saint-Ivany, associate vice-president, Facilities Management, and chair of the University’s Sustainability Co-ordinating Committee. “We’re always on the lookout for new tools and technologies to help make the university more sustainable.”

When Brock’s LEED Silver Certified International Centre was being constructed in 2009, North American automobile manufacturers were forecasting the production of electric vehicles within a couple of years. In response to this announcement the building was designed to accommodate future EVC stations.

Read the article at Niagara This Week