New EV Charger Additions Support SFU Emissions Reduction Goals

September 28, 2023

To align with SFU’s 2022-2025 Strategic Sustainability and Climate Action Plan goals, a new EV charging hub has been activated to provide additional charging ports for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the Burnaby campus.

Located on the West Parkade 7000 level, this new EV charging hub will provide 14 level-two EV charging ports with two of the ports and stalls reserved for those with accessibility needs. To use the accessible charging stalls, a valid SPARC placard in your vehicle will need to be displayed.

These new chargers will join those already existing in East Lot, South Parkade and Nelson Way bringing our total of level-two charging ports to 20 as well as 62 level-one charging ports across the Burnaby Campus.

The level-two chargers—provided by ChargePoint—will allow your vehicle to recharge conveniently over a few hours while you are in classes or at work and help make an accessible alternative to fossil fuels. SFU ChargePoint locations have the highest usage out of all the chargers in the ChargePoint ecosystem with an average of four users per day per space and an average charging time of two hours and 47 minutes.

“We are excited about adding these new EV charging spaces and improving accessibility,” says David Agosti, Director of Parking and Sustainable Mobility Services. “With such high usage rates, sustainable transportation's importance to the SFU experience is evident. We will continue to work towards meeting our emissions reduction and sustainability goals.”

In 2022, roughly 18 per cent of light-duty passenger vehicles purchased were electric and
with British Columbians adopting ZEVs faster than any jurisdiction in Canada, charging infrastructure is being increased across the province. SFU is supporting the transition to clean transportation and a 25 per cent reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. In 2022, there were 31,158 hours of charging at SFU Burnaby, using 128,289 KWh of energy, and preventing 130,342KG of GHGs from entering the atmosphere compared to gasoline-powered vehicles.

“SFU is making bold, forward-thinking additions in an effort to achieve its emission reduction targets,” says Senior Director of Ancillary Services, Sid Metha. “Our strategy includes getting our campuses ready for a world of commuting led by zero-emission vehicles.”

Through a commuting survey to track GHG emissions, led by a Living Lab student researcher in 2022, critical decisions like the installation of EV chargers were made based on the input received. With these and the planned future additions of EV charging stations at the Burnaby Campus, as well as recommendations for fleet electrification at SFU, we’re all working together to accomplish our GHG reduction goals.

More about EV Charging locations at SFU can be found here.