As part of its continued commitment to sustainability and energy savings, The University of Tampa has two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations located on the first floor of the Thomas Parking Garage. These EV charging stations can charge all new generation electric vehicles, such as the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric and Honda Fit Electric. The stations are completely reliable and easy to use. It’s as simple as plugging in your cell phone.
How to Charge an EV
- Hold your SmartCard up to the charging station’s card reader symbol to activate.
- Unplug the connector from the charging station and insert it into your electric vehicle; once you hear the “click” sound, the connection is secure.
- When the charging station status turns from “available” (signified by the blue lights) to “charging” (signified by the green lights), you have started uploading a charge to your vehicle.
- When your electric vehicle is fully charged, or you decide to end your charging session, simply unplug the connector from your vehicle, coil the cord around the bracket and plug the connector back into the station.
The EV charging system includes Web-based tools for drivers, including the SmartCard. The SmartCard will be mailed to registered users and is needed to activate the EV charging stations.
Drivers can go online to Sema Connect to establish an account, provide a credit card number, indicate text messaging preferences and receive a SmartCard in the mail.
Is There a Fee to Charge?
Vehicle charging will be free for the month of September. In October, as part of energy awareness month, a 4-hour duration charge period is being provided at no cost throughout the month. Starting in November 2014, a fixed fee of $1 per hour will be assessed for each hour that the vehicle is connected to the charging station.