Brevard College teams up with Tesla to offer Tesla Destination Charging on campus

Tesla High-Speed High-Power Wall Connector and standard J1772 unit installation at Brevard College on October 21st. Photo courtesy of Brevard College

Brevard College has teamed up with Tesla Motors to provide the Brevard community with a Tesla Destination Charging facility. One of the facility’s two charging stations will be officially unveiled Monday, Oct. 26, at 11:30 a.m.

Brevard College is the first college or university in the country with a facility offering free public-access to both a Tesla High-Speed High-Power Wall Connector as well as standard J1772 units for other types of electric vehicles, according to college authorities, who note the facility is also the first EV charging station in Transylvania County.

The facility can charge up to four vehicles simultaneously. Because the facility has no credit-card or other point-of-purchase system, users will be able to charge their vehicles for free for the foreseeable future. “The College is providing free public charging as part of our efforts to encourage others to reduce their carbon emissions, attract EV drivers to visit Brevard and the College, and help keep Brevard and Transylvania counties’ air clean,” said Elizabeth Harrison, director of comunications and media relations at the college.

Interest in charging facilities in Brevard emerged earlier in May, when Brevard City Council heard a proposal from Jim Hardy to construct a public charging station.

Tesla High-Power Wall Connectors add 58 miles of range per hour to the Tesla Model S, and can fully charge the vehicle overnight.

“Brevard College is constantly finding new ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” said BC President David Joyce. “By combining leading-edge technology and the forward-thinking of Tesla with our commitment to being a leader for higher education in the environmental movement, we now have the ability to offer the Brevard community a seamless and convenient charging experience.”

The College is part of a growing network in Tesla’s Destination Charging Program.

Brevard College will soon show up, along with other Tesla Destination Charging locations, on Tesla’s interactive webpage and will be GPS located on the Model S navigation through a free software update sent wirelessly to the car. Tesla owners will be able to use the Model S 17” touchscreen to easily plan trips and locate the chargers at the college.

Tesla Motors’ goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. Tesla reports it has delivered more than 90,000 electric vehicles to customers worldwide.

(L-R) Burke Ulrey, assistant director of facilities, Deborah Hall, vice president of business and finance, and Henry Haywood, director of facilities. Photo courtesy of Brevard College
(L-R) Burke Ulrey, assistant director of facilities, Deborah Hall, vice president of business and finance, and Henry Haywood, director of facilities. Photo courtesy of Brevard College
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One thought on “Brevard College teams up with Tesla to offer Tesla Destination Charging on campus

  1. Very cool! Thanks to Brevard College, Tesla, Jim Hardy, Bob Harris, Transylvania County, and all who can see and work towards the future!!

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