Barbara Christiansen – Daily Herald
Utah Valley University is taking a step toward cleaning the air, plus making a statement about the future.
The university cut the ribbon Monday on two charging stations with the capacity to charge four electric vehicles. One is dedicated to UVU fleet vehicles. The other is open to the public to charge their vehicles at no cost. The stations offer level 2 charging, up to 240 volts, which is estimated to charge a battery in 3-8 hours.
“UVU is providing the charging stations to the public free of cost to demonstrate our commitment to this project and improving air quality along the Wasatch Front,” said Val Peterson, UVU’s vice president for administration, in a press release. “This project is an important step in heeding the Governor’s call and turning a vision into a reality from which all Utahns will benefit.”
Jeff Barrett of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development said the charging stations are an important step.
“In a lot of ways, another electric vehicle charging station is a drop in the bucket,” he said. “UVU is the largest institution in the state, and vehicle use is especially critical at that institution. Emissions and air quality are largely attributed to vehicles, especially at a school that is fueled by commuters.”
Along with the composition of the university, its location is important.
“We saw an opportunity, right on the I-15 exit of one of the most trafficked interchanges along the Wasatch Front,” Barrett said. “It is a great partnership.”
He praised UVU for committing to provide power to the public at no charge.
“It is certainly legal for them to sell power, but that is not their goal,” Barrett said. (…)