ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at
Arlington will make going green a little easier for motorists with the addition
of a free public charging station for electric vehicles.
The station – which is likely to
be Arlington’s first public station – is being installed in the new, north
College Park garage at UTA Boulevard between Pecan and Center streets. The
parking structure opens for campus use Aug. 22 and is one of two that will
serve the College Park residential and retail center. The full development is scheduled
to open in August 2012.
The charging station was donated
by City Electric Supply’s Arlington office. City Electric Supply is a
distributor for General Electric, the maker of the EV Charger.
Arlington is committed to environmentally sustainable practices, and
this donation from City Electric Supply helps us take that commitment a
said John Hall, UT Arlington vice president for administration and
operations. “With City Electric’s generous gift, we can encourage
car buyers in our community to consider new, energy-efficient vehicle
The north garage was developed in partnership
with the First Baptist Church of Arlington and the city of Arlington. It provides
1,089 new spaces for students, faculty and staff as well as church staff and
visitors. A second phase will add 721 parking spaces and be complete in summer
Room for six additional charging
stations with space for two cars at each are included in plans for the final
phase. The electric car market – which already includes the Chevrolet Volt and
Nissan LEAF – is expected to expand in 2012 with the addition of plug-in models
by Ford, Honda and others.
College Park District spans
more than 20 acres along Center Street at the University’s eastern border. It includes
the College Park Center, a 7,000-seat event venue expected to be completed late
this year, and the mixed-use College Park development.
Joel Lee, DFW Group
Manager for City Electric Supply, said UT Arlington was the perfect customer to
debut the new charging station. City Electric’s Arlington branch manager Jaclyn
Cooper and outside sales representative Joshua Randall worked with the
University to arrange the donation. Lee said the easy-to-use model would fit in
well with students’ lifestyles.
“If they’re doing
research at the library, they can plug it in, go do their research, go to some
classes and when they come back, it’s ready to go,” he said.
UT Arlington’s Office
of Facilities Management has undertaken several projects to help make Arlington
more environmentally sustainable. University officials also are working with
the city of Arlington and waste management company Republic Services to develop
a shared fueling station for compressed natural gas vehicles.
The University of
Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of 33,800 students
in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu
to learn more.