Loyola University is the first college in Louisiana to install electric vehicle charging stations on its campus. The first plug-in kiosk for electric vehicles, installed this summer, offers two plugs and stands in the "horseshoe" of the university's St. Charles Avenue-facing campus. Another station was installed in the parking lot of its Broadway Street campus. Both are available to Loyola staff, faculty, students and campus visitors.
Charlie Marshall, Loyola's director of facilities systems, says the idea to install charging stations developed following renovations to make Thomas Hall more sustainable. "It was one idea that came up we decided would be to start off a symbolic gesture" of increased campus sustainability initiatives, he says. "There's definitely going to be an increase on campus and off (in electric vehicles). The technology increase is going to gain traction."
The university also uses WeCar, a car-sharing program offered by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, though its fleet is gas-powered. Marshall says the university is on the waiting list for electric vehicles, which will be parked at the charging stations.
"There will be a need for (charging) stations," Marshall says. "There's the idea you charge from home, but just as people stop to put gas in their car, they'll need a place to plug in."