New Charging Station to be Dedicated at Bridgewater College

BRIDGEWATER, Va. -- People at Bridgewater College will dedicate an electric vehicle charging station on Monday morning.

The new station is part of an effort to be more sustainable.

The Director of Sustainability said they received a $6,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Energy's Transportation Electrification Initiative.

Teshome Molalenge said it's a way to reduce petroleum consumption and more electric cars come along it will make the college self sufficient.

After you swipe a card to pay, the charging station has two ports.

The charging station will be used to charge four electric carts on campus and an electric truck.

Molalenge said it will be a way to attract students and faculty members who have electric cars.

Part of the campus goals are to promote clean energy, which is part of an industry Molalenge hopes will continue to grow.

"When the technology gets better and prices come down, you'll see more people using electric cars. If that's the case, I think you know we will probably add more charging station," said Molalenge.

Molalenge said you can't just attach a cord to a building and charge the cars, because that really becomes a safety issue.

The idea for the grant all started actually when a chemistry professor decided to convert his Mazda Miata into an electric car.

Monday's dedication will be at 11 a.m. in the Stone Village parking lot on campus.

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