Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
BU is proud to announce the addition of two electric vehicle charging stations on the Medical Campus. Transportation Solutions for Commuters (TranSComm) was selected as the recipient of a federal grant that providing them with two charging stations capable of charging two cars each. The stations were installed on the first floor of the 710 Albany Street Garage and became operational on February 16.
The City of Boston has been granted 22 free electric vehicle (EV) dual charging stations by the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts’ Department of Energy Resources (DOER). The grant provides the charging units and $1,000 per station for installation. This is a Federal Grant provided by the Department of Energy (DOE) funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (ARRA)
Through the EVboston initiative, the City of Boston is preparing for the growth of the electric vehicle market in the region, and as a newly designated “Green Community”, the City of Boston was able to apply for these funds and was given priority for consideration on the state’s list of potential applicants. With the addition of the stations at BUMC, there are now 80+ spaces available in the Boston area. Through successful partnerships, the City will gain experience with the installations and demonstrate its commitment to clean energy and alternative transportation solutions.
The city’s commitment to being a “Green Community” was evident at the ribbon cutting ceremony which was attended by Jim Hunt, Chief of Environmental and Energy Services for the City of Boston; Mark Sylvia, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources; Bill Gasper, President of TranSComm; and Scott Miller, Regional Director, Coulomb Technologies. Four of the leading electric vehicles on the market today, the Toyota Prius Plug-in, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and BMW ActiveE, were brought in to demonstrate how the stations worked.
As part of the grant, users are able to charge their vehicles for free for the first two years, and only have to pay the hourly parking rate while their car is occupying the charging spot in the garage. The charging stations, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies and installed by Voltrek, are part of the vast Charge Point Network which allows users to find and reserve charging stations using a mobile application almost anywhere in the nation.
For a comprehensive listing of the electric vehicles on the market, visit Plug In
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