Electric & High Efficiency Vehicles
High Efficiency Vehicle Parking
High Efficiency Vehicle (HEV) parking spaces were created on campus to meet certain requirements of LEED building projects. The number of HEV parking spaces was calculated to achieve LEED certification points for these building projects. The goal is to encourage people to think about fuel efficiency and emissions when they drive and purchase cars.
The Zilkha Center has updated the HEV parking policy to better reflect the college’s sustainability goals and the growth in clean vehicles. Drivers/owners of vehicles that qualify for HEV parking and follow the instructions below can obtain a “High Efficiency Vehicle” sticker and are permitted to park in the designated spots.
To register your vehicle,
- Check that your car meets the updated HEV policy;
- Present the vehicle registration information to DeeDee Lewis at the ’66 Environmental Center, who will verify your vehicle is eligible and issue a HEV sticker;
- Vehicles displaying this decal adjacent to the standard Williams parking permit are permitted to park in the preferred spaces.
EV Charging Stations
Williams has both designated HEV parking and EV parking/charging stations (see list below). You can also see the locations on an interactive map by following this link, or by visiting the ChargePoint website. Please note that on the campus map both HEV & EV stations are marked with the same symbol – click on the pin to see which are offered at that location.
‘62 Center Parking Garage (upper deck) — 2 units: 3 Public spaces and 1 Public handicap space
Chapman Rink — 1 unit: 2 Faculty/Staff only parking spaces
Hollander Hall — 1 unit: 2 Faculty/Staff only parking spaces
Sawyer Library — 1 unit: 2 Public parking spaces
Spencer House — 1 unit: 2 Faculty/Staff only parking spaces
Spring Street Lot — 1 unit: 2 Public parking spaces
Williams Inn — 1 unit: 2 Public/ Patrons parking spaces
Weston Field — 1 unit: 2 Public parking spaces
**Facilities — 1 unit: 2 spaces EXCLUSIVELY for facilities vehicle use, strictly enforced
EV Use and Battery Care
We have put together some helpful tips on how to use and care for an electric vehicle.
EV Fun Facts
When charged using (mostly) green electricity, electric vehicles (EVs) produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change than conventional gas vehicles, and no tailpipe emissions. Although the vehicle’s battery adds to the initial environmental impacts, the use phase makes up for that in typically 1-3 years.
Did you know?
- 80% of the energy in an electric vehicle battery is transferred directly to powering the car, whereas in a combustion engine vehicle only 15% of the energy goes directly toward powering the car.
- Gasoline vehicles are responsible for $37 billion in health and climate costs each year. If electric vehicles represent 65% of all vehicles in only 10 states by 2050, those costs would drop by $21 billion.
- It’s cheaper to drive an EV. On average, the cost per mile to drive an electric car is approximately half the cost per mile for the average combustion engine car.
- Switching to an electric vehicle can reduce your carbon footprint by up to 50%.