A university involved project in Massachusetts which brought to that state its first public level 3 fast charger is not the only of its type around the nation involving a college and electric cars. In Delaware, a just unveiled partnership between state officials and the University of Delaware looks to bring a new electric vehicle charging network there by next year.

Plans call for university researchers to help determine “the most effective locations for charging stations, and they will assist in equipment installation and analyze station usage when the stations become operational. This new infrastructure will support greater use of electric vehicles, which do not release air pollution or carbon dioxide, unlike their gasoline-fueled counterparts.”

image via University of Delaware
image via University of Delaware

Given that electric vehicle drivers in Delaware currently only have access to a few public charging stations, the new project will need to take into account “driver convenience as well as traffic patterns to major destinations in pinpointing locations for five or six new charging stations. Charging a battery from empty to full charge can take from 40 minutes to two hours, depending on the car model, so locations where drivers can spend time dining, shopping or enjoying the outdoors would be carefully considered.”

The new stations for the project, which will be not more than 50 miles apart because of typical driving ranges for some electric cars, will be 16 kilowatt units that “charge two to three times as quickly as more common models, and the service will be offered free-of-charge to users through at least 2014.”

“A well-planned electrical highway in Delaware makes it easier for drivers of electric cars both from Delaware and surrounding states to patronize Delaware tourist destinations – from nightlife on the Riverfront to popular shopping districts to our beaches,” said Nancy Targett, dean of UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment in a statement. “Of course, environmentally, air pollution and the need for gasoline are reduced.”

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