First Public Level 3 Electric Vehicle Charger in MA Installed on Campus

Electric vehicle fast charger at UMass Amherst
Thursday, February 20, 2014

The installation of the Commonwealth’s first public level 3 electric vehicle fast charger was marked on February 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard K. Sullivan Jr., Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and other campus officials. Located near the Transportation Services building on the campus, the charger was obtained through a partnership with Nissan USA.

The unit allows for an 80% charge in 30 minutes, with an average charge time of 12 minutes. Nissan Leafs are currently the only electric passenger vehicles in the U.S. that allow for fast charging, but other models are expected to begin using an adapter for fast charging within the next year.

Read the full story and watch a video. (You'll also see some footage of the campus in the snow!)