June 12, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Drivers with electric vehicles are invited to use a charging station in the lower level of the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp on Bostwick Avenue NE, part of GRCC’s effort to become more sustainable and promote use of green technology.
The college installed two charging stations last year, each able to charge two cars at a time in adjacent parking spaces. One is installed in the ramp’s staff section, and the other is in an area open for students and members of the public.
“GRCC is committed to sustainability as one of its strategic goals,” said Dorothy Paradis, GRCC’s Energy and HVAC project manager. “More and more people are using electric vehicles. We want to provide accessible, economical opportunities for students, staff and the public to charge their green vehicles. It’s one of the ways GRCC can give back to the community we serve.”
Much of the Bostwick Avenue ramp is open to the public and is accessible through the Fountain Street entrance – a short walk from downtown shops, restaurants and attractions.
Drivers must create a free account through ChargePoint to use the stations. ChargePoint manages the stations and charging stations and provides support around the clock through a phone number posted on the device. Instructions and account information are available through a free mobile app.
Drivers using the charging stations must move their vehicles to a regular parking space within the Bostwick ramp or exit the ramp when fully charged to ensure that the service is available for as many users as possible. When the vehicle is charged, ChargePoint will send the user a notification that the car is charged, and that they have 30 minutes to move the vehicle.
People using the stations are charged 15 cents per kilowatt hour, then $1 an hour after the first 30 minutes.
Drivers also must pay designated parking fees. The first 30 minutes are free, with $2 for each additional half-hour with a $12 maximum on weekdays and a $6 maximum after 5 p.m. and on weekends.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.