Electric vehicle chargers are a hit at UQ

The University of Queensland’s electric vehicle (EV) charging stations were installed just on a year ago – and the end-of-year data confirms how enthusiastically the community has embraced the technology.

UQ Energy and Sustainability Manager Andrew Wilson said the chargers had delivered 7800kWh of electric charge in 12 months.

“That’s enough to drive almost 40,000km, or right around Australia twice,” he said.

Mr Wilson said this equated to 5300 litres of fuel, which would have resulted in 7500kg of carbon dioxide emissions.

Mr Wilson said UQ had installed the charging stations—two Veefil DC fast chargers and two Tesla Destination chargers—at St Lucia and Gatton campuses to help increase electric vehicle uptake and boost sustainable transport options in Queensland.

“They’re also powered by UQ’s solar arrays—so charging is emissions-free when the sun shines,” he said.

In September 2016, two additional KEBA Level 2 charging stations were installed beside UQ’s new sports precinct at St Lucia.

All the chargers are free for staff, students and the public.

 “So far, almost all charging has been by members of the public, as only a small proportion of UQ staff and students have electric vehicles. But the UQ charging station usage is really encouraging, because it’s a sign that electric vehicle use is steadily becoming more popular.”

Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) Secretary Leslie Smith has congratulated UQ on its pioneering uptake of electric vehicle charging technology.

“It is very inspiring to see The University of Queensland provide a practical and reliable solar-powered charging capability, where previously, it was considered impossible,” he said.

“The solar-powered Veefil DC fast chargers at Gatton and St Lucia have provided significantly reduced charging times for electric vehicles travelling from Beaudesert, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.”

Mr Wilson said UQ had added a Tesla Model S – its first fully electric vehicle – to its campus fleet.

“The Tesla S is one of the safest and most high-tech vehicles in the world, and it will be a valuable research tool for UQ engineers and scientists working in renewable technology,” Mr Wilson said.

Media: Andrew Wilson, UQ Property and Facilities, a.wilson@pf.uq.edu.au,  +61 3365 1935.

Last updated:
19 April 2017