Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

WMU’s electric vehicle charging capabilities are the new standard for campuses nationwide. In February 2012, 15 new electric vehicle charging stations and a 50kW solar photovoltaic array opened near the Miller parking deck. The project was funded through a $700k Department of Energy grant administered by the Clean Energy Coalition, which also offset the cost of five all-electric Ford/Azure Dynamics Transit Connect workvans and a hybrid-hydraulic bucket truck. Dr. Harold Glasser, executive director for campus sustainability, is the grant’s principal investigator.

The solar photovoltaic array (solar panels):

  • Generate enough energy annually to run about 5.6 average U.S. homes
  • Generate enough energy each day, on average, to fully charge approximately 11 Chevrolet Volts, 7 Nissan Leafs, or 6 Azure Ford Battery Electric Transit Connects

Electric vehicle charging stations:

  • Are available to anyone at no cost and operate 24/7
  • Are compatible with all electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • Include 110V connectivity at select locations

Benefits and opportunities – the system:

  • Encourages the purchase and use of electric vehicles by providing access to charging infrastructure 
  • Supports WMU’s growing electric vehicle fleet 
  • Stores excess nighttime WMU-generated power in vehicle batteries for later use on campus Offsets an estimated 142,720 pounds of carbon dioxide annually
  • Supports research and provides real-time data online

System diagram