Champlain College fully embraces the shift to electric vehicles (EV). This revolution comes in the form of electric cars, electric bikes, electric scooters, and someday electric shuttles. We must balance our support of electric vehicles with our commitment to reducing the drive-alone rate.
First and foremost, we seek to encourage Champlain employees and students to use alternative transportation to get to campus.
We currently have two electric vehicle charging stations (which have two plugs each) at Champlain College. They are located at:
Both stations were installed in partnership with the Burlington Electric Department and are open to the public 24/7. They are operated by Chargepoint and users must have a Chargepoint account to use.
Any regular 110V outlet that is adjacent to a normal parking space is permitted to be used for free electric vehicle "trickle charging". For now, only those Champlain affiliates that have the correct parking permit for that zone are allowed to use the spaces and chargers. These are not open to the general public. At present the locations (which have signs installed beside them) of available 110V outlets are:
More locations will be added over time. As light poles are replaced in certain lots, outlets will be added to allow for charging. It is Champlain Transportation's vision to make EVERY lot an EV capable lot.
NEW! A Level 2 charging station is located in the Perry Hall/West Hall parking lot, for the exclusive use of visitors coming to Champlain for an Admissions Tour. There is no charge for this unit. Simply park in the assigned space, plug in, and charge. An admissions visitor parking permit must still be displayed at all times (obtained from the front desk in Perry Hall).
Looking to purchase an EV? There are many resources out there to help you navigate the types of vehicles, ranges, and rebates available, such as:
There is a micro-mobility revolution happening right now where "little vehicles" are becoming electrified and a viable tool for commuting to work or class.
These are bicycles that have a small motor that gives a small amount of assistance to the rider. They are just like regular pedal bikes, but offer a small boost to help conquer that hill, shorten your commuter, and help you get to work less sweaty. E-bikes should be ridden on the roads, not sidewalks. They can be purchased at any local bike shop. Burlington Electric Department is offering a $200 rebate and a free CarshareVT membership to Burlington residents who buy an e-bike at participating shops. It is anticipated that the Greenride Bikeshare fleet of 7-speed bikes will be completely replaced by e-bikes in the summer of 2019.
Think childhood Razor scooter, but improved and electrified! These small electric vehicles also help you navigate the hills of Burlington without overworking, and can be easily taken on public transportation or put in the back of the car. It is anticipated that Burlington will soon have a citywide scooter-share system where members can use any scooter in the network. This will likely roll out in Summer or Fall 2019.
Electric skateboards are gaining in popularity just like other electrified transportation for their ease of use and portability. You may even see your professor cruising to work on one to beat the traffic and save time. Other amazing electric little vehicles gaining traction are One Wheel, Trikes, Monowheels, E-Skates and more**. "The future will be electified".
**(Please keep in mind that Champlain College currently has a restriction on 'hoverboards').