Campus expands electric vehicle charger access

New parking structure includes 93 charging spaces

October 8, 2021
Author: Imran Ghori
October 8, 2021

UC Riverside has more than doubled the number of electrical vehicle charging spaces on campus with the recently opened Big Springs Parking Structure 2.

The new structure has a total of 93 level 1 chargers available to faculty, staff, and graduate students. In addition, the campus has had 64 level 2 chargers at various lots available to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

More new charging spaces are expected due to the lower installation costs and user fees for the level 1 chargers, according to Transportation and Parking Services.

EV charging station
New charging stations for electric vehicles were installed in the Big Springs 2 Parking Structure at UC Riverside. (UCR/Stan Lim)

The department is encouraging electrical vehicle use as a cleaner commuting option and as a way for UCR to reduce its carbon emissions.

“To make electric vehicles viable, it’s key for drivers to know they’ll be able to charge their ride and have a place to park for the duration of their time on campus,” said Irma Henderson, director of Transportation and Parking Services.

The level 1 chargers can be plugged into a standard 120-volt, 20-amp circuit wall outlet and average 4 miles of driving range per hour of charge.

Electrical vehicle owners who wish to use the spaces must purchase a blue lot/electric vehicle Level 1 charging permit, which costs $45 per quarter in addition to the $207 per quarter or $69 per month for a blue permit.

Unlike the level 2 chargers already on campus, the level 1 chargers do not require access cards, phone apps, or special processes. Users supply their own charging cord and simply plug in. Cords need a standard residential 20-amp wall plug.  

The charging spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Users can park in the spaces if they are actively charging.

The level 2 chargers deliver current from a hardwired unit via a connector and average 25 miles of driving range per hour of charge. Users must have a valid UCR parking permit and initiate a charging session through a ChargePoint account

Level 2 rates are 75 cents an hour for the first two hours and $3.50 an hour thereafter for students, staff, and faculty. 

Further information can be found online at https://transportation.ucr.edu/electric-vehicle-charging