Eastern Washington University Opens EV Charging Stations


Eastern Washington University (EWU) has opened four new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Challenge.

The Level 2 PowerPost EV charging stations were installed by Telefonix Inc., a developer of cord reel technology and manufacturer of PowerPost commercial EV supply equipment (EVSE).

According to the university, two units are located in front of EWU’s computing and engineering building, and another two are located outside of the campus visitor center. Each station includes a four-hour meter, which costs $1.25 per hour and includes the cost to both park and charge. A four-hour charge typically provides 40 miles of driving, according to EWU’s release.

President Cullinan cutting the ribbon
EWU President Mary Cullinan cutting the ribbon on the charging station.

The university adds that vehicles must be charging to park at these designated stations.

EWU says that these charging stations are the first PowerPost EVSEs installed with an eGauge system, an electrical power meter that will solely monitor EV Charger usage. The eGauge system is installed directly to the circuit to track total energy consumption, allowing EWU to research the energy efficiency of PowerPost EVSE, without monthly networking fees or maintenance contracts.

“PowerPost EVSE is the perfect charger for installations where cars are parked for two hours or more, like a university,” says Bill Williams, business development manager at Telefonix. “The energy efficiency and low cost per use keeps money in the university’s pocket so they can spend it on what truly matters – providing quality education.”


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