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Are there any plans to set up charging stations at UCAR/NCAR for those of us who would like to use our electric cars? It would be a great add-on if the stations were attached to solar panels for sourcing the power.
Answered on August 15, 2011
Over the past few years, Facilities Management & Sustainability (FMS) has watched the market for electric vehicles (EVs) develop and, in anticipation of future demand, has taken initial steps to understand the infrastructure requirements and costs to install and manage EV charging stations. In fact, when we upgraded the lighting in the Mesa Lab parking lot last summer, we installed electrical conduit that could be used for EV charging stations, and also installed extra electrical conduit at the Anthes Building. Still, public EV charging is in its infancy and there are a number of questions and concerns to address before we move forward with potential installations of charging stations.
The items to address include:
Physical Infrastructure & Technology
Financing & Maintenance
In a nutshell, we're doing our homework and anticipating a future with EVs. Installation of charging stations could be several years in the future because we'll need to see enough demand coupled with a proven installation method/system/track record, financing options, pay-for-charge transaction structure, and maintenance model that is cost-neutral for UCAR.
You'll be interested to know that UCAR is currently developing a comprehensive Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) to help us set sustainability goals, and to evaluate and prioritize the wide range of energy efficient and sustainable actions we can take as an organization. The SMP will include specific metrics to guide us in the comparison of "apples to oranges" decisions, helping us prioritize opportunities like EV charging stations. Our overarching goal is to stretch our limited dollars and resources to go further with efficient, green buildings and practices that use less energy, water, and other resources, while enhancing employee wellness and productivity.
Electrical Engineer and Energy Demand Manager, FMS
Sustainability Program Manager, FMS