When it comes to deploying electric-vehicle charging stations, University of California Davis is giving it the old college try. The school, located just outside of Sacramento, has 38 plug-in vehicle charging stations on campus, making it the most charging-friendly institution of higher learning in the country. That's according to ChargePoint, which says more than 1,100 on-campus stations have been deployed since the first one was installed at Pasadena City College four short years ago.

In fact, the number of on-campus charging stations has jumped 35 percent in the past year alone, indicating that students may be a little more open to electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids than they used to be. Not surprisingly, the most plug-in friendly campuses tend to be of the urban variety, as Maryland's Towson University has 36 stations; California's Santa Clara University is home to 26; Western Michigan University has 22 [Ed Note: Go Broncos!]; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (where lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems was founded) has 21 stations.

Colleges have long been at the forefront of alternative transportation models, so it's not surprising that more of them are adding charging stations. Car-sharing companies such as Zipcar and Car2go have aggressively expanded operations either at universities or college towns to appeal to students who are usually more amenable to trying alternatives to traditional car-ownership in order to save cash. Find more in ChargePoint's press release below.
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Electric Vehicles Charge Ahead on College Campuses with 35% Increase in Charging Stations

UC Davis, Maryland's Towson University lead universities nationwide

Campbell, Calif.– As college and university students across the country return to school this month, ChargePoint – the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network – today released new data showing an increase in on-campus EV charging.

There are currently 1,134 charging spots at colleges and universities on the ChargePoint network. That's up about 35%, with just 838 at this time last year. On-campus EV charging is still relatively new, with the first ChargePoint station installed at the end of 2010 at Pasadena City College.

"American universities are often our hubs of innovation and technology" said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint's CEO. "It is no wonder adoption of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure has prospered on college campuses. Our data demonstrates which colleges and universities are leading the way when it comes to supporting low and zero emission vehicles. We hope this helps spur friendly competition between campuses to be the greenest institutions in the world.

" With 38 on-campus charging spots, the University of California at Davis has the most of any university on the ChargePoint network.

Here are the top 5 colleges and universities with the most ChargePoint EV charging spots:
· University of California at Davis: 38
· Towson University, Maryland: 36
· Santa Clara University, California: 26
· Western Michigan University: 22
· Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 21

To find out if your local college or university offers EV charging, check out ChargePoint's real-time station locator. # # # About ChargePoint ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 18,500 charging locations. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint's open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join. ChargePoint's real-time network information including the availability of charging locations throughout the nation is available through the ChargePoint mobile app, online and via the navigation systems in top-selling EVs including the new BMW i3 and the Nissan LEAF. A driver connects to a ChargePoint station every 8 seconds and by initiating over 6 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 5.2 million gallons of gasoline and driven over 126 million gas free miles. For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com or on Twitter @ChargePointnet

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