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UCSC Electric Vehicle Charging and Parking On Campus
Where can I charge my electric vehicle on the UCSC campus?
At this time, electric vehicle chargers are only located in the Core West Parking Structure at the intersection of Heller and McLaughlin Drives on the main campus. Nine Level 2 chargers will soon be available for use 24/7. A valid UCSC parking permit will be required during permitted hours of
Any UCSC parking permit valid for the time and day of your charging session will be valid for use in Core West during your charging session. However once your charging session is complete, you must move your vehicle to a lot appropriate for your permit.
For unpermitted hours, the charging stations will be enforced for active charging/plugging in to maintain the availability of the chargers.
Why is a perking permit required?
All parking stalls on campus require a parking permit Monday–Friday 7:00am–8:30pm. Fees for the use the of the EV charger are collected separately at the charging station.
What do I do if I purchase a parking permit but all of the EV charging stations are full?
If you are planning on staying on campus for the rest of the day, please check the ChargePoint Network Map or Smartphone App to see when the stalls open up. If you aren't staying on campus, please drive immediately back to the Main Entrance Kiosk orthe TAPS Sales Office to ask for a refund. We recommend logging into your account on www.mychargepoint.net or the smartphone application to check availability or make a reservation.
How do I use the EV chargers?
The chargers are operated by ChargePoint (one of various EV charging networks). If you are a registered member of the network with an active pass card and credit card on file, please go to www.mychargepoint.net to view step by step instructions or download a PDF. If you are not a ChargePoint member, you may activate the charger by calling 888/758-4389 to provide credit card information to a ChargePoint customer service representative. Those with smart credit cards can activate the charger on site.
What do I do if the charging station is not working?
Because the chargers are maintained by the service provider, we are unable to assist you with malfunctioning chargers. Please call 888/758-4389 for assistance. You can set up an alert to be notified if the charger you scheduled to use is out of order. You can set up this notification on www.mychargepoint.net or on their smartphone application.
How do I know if my vehicle is done charging?
The ChargePoint Network has a dynamic notification system which can send you an email or text message to let you know when your vehicle is fully charged, or if something goes wrong during your charging session. Go to www.mychargepoint.net or their smartphone application to set up notifications.
Why is there a fee to charge?
There are only a limited number of EV chargers on campus, and we want to ensure that the chargers are available to those that need them. By assessing an hourly fee, we can discourage routine charging by those drivers that don't really need it, leaving the chargers available for those that do. While we understand that patrons would prefer to not have to pay to charge their EVs, these same drivers will be glad to have a charger available to them when they require it. The fees collected will also help offset the costs paid to install, operate and maintain the EV chargers, and the electricity cost is passed on to the user.
Is there a time limit to EV charging?
At this time, there are no time limit restrictions for EV charging. However, all users will be charged a $1 per hour fee for any time actively charging or plugged in to the system. Once an EV is not actively charging and/or plugged in, the car must be moved to its appropriately-permitted parking location. An EV will be ticketed if it is parked in an EV charging space while not actively charging or plugged in. Please be courteous to other EV users who may need to charge by moving your vehicle as soon as active charging is complete. If demand for EV chargers grows, in the future time limit restrictions may be enacted.
What do I do if the charger does not activate when I wave my ChargePoint card in front of the station?
Please hold your Chargepoint card still in front of the station for a few seconds until it activates; do not wave the card.
Who do I contact for more information?
For information about the ChargePoint Network and Coulomb Charging Stations, please go to www.mychargepoint.net or call 888/758-4389.
What benefits do EV carpoolers receive?
EV carpoolers receive the same benefits as regular carpoolers. They share the cost of a carpool permit and can agree to share fueling/charging costs. In addition, EV carpoolers with a valid UCSC Carpool Permit can park in one of the many campus reserved carpool spaces (within their permit type).
Do EV users receive any special incentives or rewards for driving a zero-emission vehicle?
While the UCSC encourages those that need to drive to campus to use the most fuel-efficient vehicle possible, TAPS does not offer any special incentives to EV users. EV charging is provided as a convenience for "topping off" charging needs for EVs but is not intended to be the primary charging location for any vehicle. These charging spaces are utilizing prime parking spaces in the campus core and must be shared among all EV users and will no longer be available to non-EV users. In addition, it is expected that employees will manage their own time and breaks in order to move their vehicles to appropriate parking locations once charging is complete.
Are there any accessible EV charging locations?
The charger space located to the left of the ADA-compliant parking space and to the right of the TAPS Maintenance space is accessible. It is possible to charge from this space or from the ADA Complaint space to the right of this charger.
Recoiling of Cords
Please be sure to re-coil the charger hoses when you are done to avoid creating a tripping hazard, and to help maintain the integrity of the hoses.
Purchasing or Leasing an Electric Vehicle?
Be sure to ask your dealer if they have any special offers for UC affiliates.
Let Us Know Who You Are
If you would like to add your name to a list of known UCSC EV Users for notification of future power shutdowns or any changes to the electric vehicle chargers or policies contact Teresa Buika at TAPS, email@example.com or call 831/502-7941.