University of Montana installs four ChargePoint EV charging stations on campus

April 21, 2022
The new stations mark the University’s effort to support EV ownership by students and employees and provide charging infrastructure for future state-owned electric fleet and utility vehicles.

The University of Montana has installed four level II dual-port ChargePoint electric vehicle charging stations on campus, partly funded by a Montana Department of Environmental Quality program “Charge Your Ride.”

The four EV charging stations are at the Parking Garage, near the University Center, on the south side of campus in Lot E and near the Fitness and Recreation Center. The spaces next to the charging stations are reserved for EVs.

The new stations mark the University’s effort to support EV ownership by students and employees and provide charging infrastructure for future state-owned electric fleet and utility vehicles. It is the latest effort by the university to address vehicle emissions and climate change.

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“Over the next few years, our goal is to add more stations to campus, including in our facilities compound and at the residence halls,” said Eva Rocke, UM’s sustainability director. “This grant is a game-changer for us as we become one of the only college campuses in the region to install high-quality EV charging stations. Hopefully adding a few more stations to those that already exist in Missoula will make it that much easier to own and drive an EV.”

“Expanding on-campus EV charging station access is just one of the proactive steps we are taking to address air quality issues in our valley and do our part to make a low- or zero-carbon future campus that much more attainable,” she said. “Our shared goal is to make sure UM leads the effort towards a sustainable future.”

The installation of the charging stations follows the UM’s groundbreaking on a new Combined Heat and Power Plant project, which will reduce the emissions on campus by 30%.