More electric vehicle charging at Royal Roads
We wanted to take a moment to shine a spotlight on an important campus upgrade mentioned in our Operations & Resilience campus highlights earlier this month. Four new electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) have been added to campus. These public charging stations are in the newly opened parking plaza in front of the Learning and Innovation Centre (LIC).
Conveying the significance of this upgrade, Associate Director of Operations, Ron Granados explained, “The LIC plaza is a great welcoming area to campus and having the four new EV chargers there really demonstrates our commitment to sustainability. These chargers are also a milestone on the way towards our goal of electrifying our entire fleet by 2030. Another twelve to fourteen chargers will be added to the 7B complex as we transition our entire fleet of fossil-fuel service vehicles to electric in the upcoming years.” Much gratitude to Ron and the Operations team who have persevered to bring this project to completion.
This addition brings the total number of EV parking spaces across campus to 14. The others are located west of the Sherman Jen building (4 spots), in P7 across from the Learning & Teaching Auditorium (2 spots), and behind Nixon (4 spots). Please note that some units can charge two vehicles at once and some are for a single vehicle at a time. For those who are new to EV charging on campus, more information can be found through the EV Community of Practice.
Sustainability and climate action are a priority for our institution. RRU’s concerted effort to optimize the efficient use of its vehicles and reduce mileage has yielded success. Greenhouse gas emissions associated with mobile fuel combustion decreased by 15% from 2018 to 2019. On our path to fleet electrification, RRU will retire two minivans for pick-up truck gas variants and trial electric utility trucks in the next year.
Operational upgrades are one key aspect of the climate action happening at RRU - stay tuned for more details as Royal Roads launches its Climate Action Task Force this Fall.