Electric Vehicles: What You Should Know

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is a great place to work if you drive or are considering purchasing an electric car.

If you are thinking about buying an electric car, there are a number of things to keep in mind.

EVs (electric vehicles) and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) have several advantages over gasoline vehicles — most notably cost savings and environmental benefits. EVs require no gasoline and, when recharged from renewable energy sources, produce zero emissions. Vehicles powered by gas, on the other hand, produce 33 percent of all the carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.

If all drivers in the United States switched from gasoline cars to EVs and PHEVs recharged by existing utility grids (which mostly use fossil fuels), there would be an average of 42 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions nationally, according to research by Peter Lilienthal, CEO of HOMER Energy, LLC.

There are a few downsides to electric cars. While the battery is used to drive the electric drive-motor, it also is used for air conditioning and heating. This depletes the charge more rapidly, and that decreases the distance the vehicle can operate on battery power alone, resulting in more battery wear overall. The availability of charging stations, while on the rise, also can be a concern. Questions to consider on charging your electric car include:

  • Where will you charge your EV?
  • What if all of the charging stations are occupied and you are on a time-sensitive schedule?
  • If you live in an apartment building or a condo, is there anywhere to install EV chargers?
  • Is your work parking area equipped with EV charging stations?
  • What is the distance your EV can travel when its battery is fully charged?

The distance an electric car can travel on a charge varies for different EVs. A Mercedes-Benz-engineered smart car has a range of 68 miles, while other cars such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt can go 200 miles or more.

On-campus electric charging stations

The University has 16 electric vehicle charging stations open to UMB faculty, staff, students, and affiliates.

Station locations include:

  • Baltimore Grand Garage, second level
  • Lexington Street Garage, first level
  • Plaza Garage, first level
  • Pratt Street Garage, first level
  • Pearl Street Garage, third level
  • Penn Street Garage, first level
  • Saratoga Street Garage, fourth level

Charging your vehicle

The stations, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, charge two vehicles per station. One port provides 120 volts for a 12-hour charge. The other port provides 240 volts for a six-hour charge.

To charge your vehicle, use one of three options:

  • An RFID (radio frequency identification) credit card.
  • Contact 1-888-758-4389.
  • ChargePoint ChargePass.

There is no fee for charging your vehicle. The service is covered through your parking fee. More information is available on the UMB Parking and Transportation website.

Information courtesy of:

IVEY Engineering — http://www.iveyengineering.com/reasons-buy-electric-vehicle/

Komando.com — https://www.komando.com/cars-trucks-tech/388980/5-things-you-must-know-before-you-buy-an-all-electric-car/2

  
Dana Rampolla Community ServiceNovember 17, 20170 commentsCO2 emissions, EVs (electric vehicles), PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles), University of Maryland Baltimore.

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