A total of three intelligent plug-in electric vehicle charging devices have been installed at the University: one on the UT Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation and one at each of the facilities buildings on Main and Health Science campuses.
An unveiling and demonstration of the charger on the Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24. The charger, which looks similar to a small gas pump, is located in the first row of parking area 22 near the wind turbine.
“The University of Toledo continues to be on the forefront of emerging alternative energy technology demonstrated by the wind turbine and solar panels at Scott Park, the research under way in our laboratories, and our partnerships with businesses in this arena,” said Chuck Lehnert, vice president for facilities and construction. “In anticipation of members of our University community buying the Chevy Volt and future electric vehicles, we wanted to have this technology available. I’m proud to say we are on the cutting edge of doing so.”
The chargers integrate GE’s smart meters with Juice Technologies’ Plug Smart engine that allow for intelligent charging during low-demand, lower cost time periods. And as electric vehicles become more commonplace, these charging stations also will allow those vehicles to store energy to put back into the grid.
GE and Juice Technologies announced the intelligent plug-in electric vehicle charging devices last year, and the University is among the early adopters of the technology installing them on campuses.