Electric vehicle charging station comes to UMass

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s the first of its kind in Massachusetts, and UMass is its new home. 22News is working to tell you about the installation of the first Level 3 electric car charger.

This is all part of UMass’ mission to reduce carbon emission and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. On Tuesday, the University unveiled the state’s first Level 3 electric car charging station.

UMass Transportation Specialist Bill Watts says the 440V unit was donated and made possible through a partnership with Nissan USA.  The University only paid for the installation. The charger will be located in front of the UMass Transit Services station. It will provide electric car users with an up to 80% charge in 30 minutes.

“It’s going to help faculty, students and staff by being able to allow them to commute back and forth without fear of getting stuck. And on top of that it’ll also benefit the community because it is a public barging station,” said Watts.

Each charge will allow for a 100 mile range. The University also plans to install four Level 2 charges by the end of the year. Those units can charge a car in 4-5 hours.

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