Wright State University is plugging into the future

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - One local university is making sure students and staff can charge their way into the future.  They may not be to popular yet, but there are many drivers in the Miami Valley behind the wheel of electric cars. But they can only go so far on one charge.  That’s why Wright State University is letting students and staff fill up while their at work or class.

“If we say i’m getting about a hundred to the electric gallon and I only have a 22 mile trip I’m spending less than forty cents,” Todd Brittingham Assistant Registrar at Wright State University.

You won’t see Todd Brittingham pumping gas.  His car, a Nisson leaf runs only on electricity. Electric charging stations aren’t as plentiful as gas stations but trying to find a place to plug in just got a little easier.

Wright State University has installed two car charging stations for faculty and students to use.

“This is an effort to try and encourage to use a newer technology we wanted to to be a model here at wright state and show we have a vision for a future and that includes electric vehicle,” explains Hunt Brown, Wright State University Director of Sustainability.

Dayton power and Light, Wright State and a donation from James Halderman paid for the two stations.
Halderman is a retired professor and travels a lot. During his visits especially out west he noticed a lot of electric cars and wondered what he could do to help make it easier for those who need a place to charge them.

James Halderman says, “You have to think long term you can’t think next year or five years you have to think 10 years. Because in this country we have mandated fuel economy standards of 53 miles per gallon. The only way we can reach this is hybrid or plug in vehicles.”

The two charging stations are in a permit required parking lot which means only faculty and students can charge their cars. But they can do it for free for up to four hours.

For Todd there’s no more worry about running errands on empty. “It’s for the peace of mind knowing if I had to run an extra or long errand I would have a full charge.”

Wright State isn’t the only university with charging stations. The University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College also has electric stations for their staff and students to use too.

In July, 2 News Investigates looked into how often taxpayer funded electric car charging stations are used.  To watch that story again click here.

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