Jeannine Sato can power up her Nissan LEAF when she visits campus for meetings.
Sato typically charges her 100 percent electric car at American Tobacco Campus, where her office is located. But now she can pick from 11 electric vehicle-charging stations on Duke’s main campus, including seven in the new Science Drive Garage. A total of 19 charging ports are available across campus with more on the way.
“Hopefully, this will encourage people to buy an electric car,” said Sato, a communications strategist for Duke’s Office of Information Technology, which is at American Tobacco. “It’s a big leap to go from an all gas car to an electrical car. Some of the initial fears are getting stranded without access to a charging station. It’s all about access.”
Duke has been working over the past year to install more stations to meet demand among community members, said Andy Scott, operations coordinator for Duke Parking and Transportation.
“We’re serious about building sustainable commuting options,” Scott said. “We’ve heard our customers and want to be able to meet that demand.”
Here are the charging locations at Duke, which require a valid Duke permit to access with the exception of the Bryan Center surface lot:
- Seven ChargePoint stations with 14 ports in the Science Drive Garage.
- One ChargePoint station with two ports in Research Drive Garage.
- One Eaton fast-charger (no charge) with one port in the Smith Warehouse North Lot. (At this location, a car can be charged in 45 minutes.)
- Two General Electric stations (no charge) with two ports in Bryan Center surface lot.
Two additional ChargePoint stations are on the way; the locations are being finalized. Duke is working to transition all stations to ChargePoint, the world’s largest charging network that already maintains eight of Duke’s 19 stations. ChargePoint requires a membership with the service to plug into its system.
According to ChargePoint, driving on electricity reduces or eliminates greenhouse gas emissions. The average American can avoid more than 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year by driving an EV.
Sato, who drives the Nissan LEAF, saves $100 to $120 per month on gas. Between charging her car at home and using other charging, she spends less than $10 monthly on energy. One charge provides 80 miles, and she loves the feel of her energy efficient car.
“It’s so quiet and cool, it glides,” Sato said. “It’s fun to drive.”
Learn more about Duke's charging station program and related fees here.
Find electric vehicle charging stations on Duke’s campus map.