Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills is ready to aid the growing number of electric vehicle owners after recently installing two charging stations on campus.
Updated: April 18, 2013 6:05AM
Anyone with an electric vehicle can charge it at new Blink charging stations at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.
Two machines recently were installed in the northeast parking lot of Building “C.”
After opening a Blink account online, electric vehicle drivers can hook up to a charger for as little as $1 per hour.
ECOtality, an advanced energy systems researcher and developer, created the Electric Vehicle Project, which has placed chargers in 21 cities and metropolitan areas in nine states through a federal grant.
Moraine Valley Community College became part of the program so the campus will be ready to serve everyone who visits.
“Charging stations are popping up all over Illinois, with a huge push from the state installing fast chargers along the expressways, and we want to make sure we’re a part of that system so that we can encourage this cleaner method of transit,” said Stephenie Presseller, Moraine Valley’s sustainability manager.
By joining the program, the college got the chargers free, and additional funds helped offset installation costs. Moraine Valley will pay costs to maintain power at the charging stations but will receive some monetary benefits through the program.
As a host site, the college’s location will show up on Blink’s website map, displaying it as an electric vehicle-friendly location.
“We are helping to reduce something called ‘range anxiety.’ This is a fear that one could run out of a charge if traveling long distances or beyond a certain comfort zone,” Presseller said. “By providing chargers here and becoming part of a larger system across the state, we are helping to mitigate that fear and thus breaking barriers for people to encourage more use of electric vehicles.”
For Blink account registration, visit www.blinknetwork.com.