Public EV Charging On Campus, At A Cost

Michigan State University is widely considered to have one of the most scenic campuses, not only in the Big 10 conference, but in the entire country. Now, the home of the Spartans, whose sports teams wear green and white, just got even more green. Michigan State University recently announced that their East Lansing campus is now host to a charging station that MSU staff, faculty and students, as well as the general public, can use to recharge their electric vehicles.

The cost of using the 220-volt charging station is $2.50 per hour. A Chevy Volt, with an electric-only range of 25-50 miles, takes about four hours (the maximum time allowed at the station) to fully charge. Four hours might provide a Nissan Leaf, which has a range of up to 100 miles, about half of its charging capacity. So the MSU fee sounds pretty hefty, but it also cover parking fees, and the university said it was necessary to meet initial installation and future maintenance costs. For payment, the charging station is equipped to handle credit or debit cards.

Michigan State, EV charger

image via Michigan State University

MSU has several on-campus charging stations for university electric vehicles, but this is the first one designated for public use. The university said additional public-use stations will be installed in the future.

Installation of the station was partly made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The station, which is a collaborative effort with the Lansing Board of Water & Light, the MSU Physical Plant, MSU Office of Campus Sustainability, and MSU Residential and Hospitality Services, is located in the parking structure of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, on campus.

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.

1 Comment

  • Reply December 5, 2011

    Farris Khan

    $2.50 per hour… would give my Volt about 10 miles of range. nnThat is very hefty. Assuming 30MPG, I would be better off paying $3.60/gallon… 1/3 of gallon (10 miles) would cost me $1.20, less than 1/2.nnHowever, it would depend on the parking costs as well.

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