Friday 30 October, 2020

UWI launches first electric charging station

Drivers attending the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, now have no excuse not to have an energy-efficient vehicle as the university now has an electric vehicle charging station.

The university said in a statement issued Friday that the station it is the first Level Two, 230-volt station in Trinidad and Tobago to be successfully installed and inspected by the GEI.

The launch, which took place on December 10, 2019, featured an on-site demonstration of the use of the charging station which allows electric vehicles to fully charge in just over four hours.

A typical electric car (60kWh battery) takes just under eight hours to charge.


The UWI said it continues to make strides towards becoming a climate-smart university and lead in E-mobility research with this development. 

The project was a collaborative effort of the Faculty of Engineering with Massy Motors, BELEC Power and Energy Solutions Limited, the Government Electrical Inspectorate (GEI) in the Ministry of Public Utilities, and the Electric Vehicle Company of Trinidad and Tobago.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland attended the launch along with representatives of the partner companies and other project partners. He was also given the opportunity to use the charging station.

Dr Sanjay Bahadoorsingh, Deputy Dean, Enterprise Development and Outreach and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, led the execution of the project.

“The global future of transportation is electric and The UWI has an opportunity to actively demonstrate its capacity to encourage and adopt this transportation revolution in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said. He further explained that encouraging the use of electric vehicles will help to reduce the Campus’ carbon footprint.

The UWI said earlier this year it was selected by the International Association of Universities (IAU) as its global leader in the mobilisation of research and advocacy for the achievement of a climate-smart world.

The UWI said the St Augustine Campus is also the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency’s hub for e-mobility and is leading the region in E-mobility research.

This project will assist the Faculty of Engineering in further research on E-mobility; including the impact on the nation’s power system and the conversion of gasoline and diesel engines to electrical power trains. Future plans for this project include employing renewable energy technologies to power the electric charging stations.

The university said the charging station is open for use by students, staff and invited visitors to the Campus.

It is located at the parking spot bordering the Faculty of Engineering Building on the southern side of Campus, close to the south gate. 

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