As part of our continued commitment to sustainability and energy savings, the Parking and Transportation Services Department is pleased to be able to offer the use of 26 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations (52 total spaces) to UH students, faculty, staff, and visitors. All charging stations are a part of the ChargePoint network and are Level 2 chargers (average of four hours to fully charge a vehicle).
Charging stations are located in the Elgin Street Garage and the University Gateway Garage as follows:
Elgin Street Garage (26 total spaces)
- Level 1 (Paid visitor parking, open to the public): 6 dual-head chargers (12 spaces), near the elevators. (Requires paying the applicable visitor parking rate to access)
- Level 2 (Student, Faculty, & Staff parking): 5 dual-head chargers (10 spaces), near the elevators (Requires an Elgin Street Garage parking permit to access)
- Level 3 (Student, Faculty, & Staff parking): 2 dual-head chargers (4 spaces), near the elevators (Requires an Elgin Street Garage parking permit to access)
University Gateway Garage (26 total spaces)
- Level 1 (Student, Faculty, & Staff parking): 13 dual-head chargers (26 spaces) (Requires an East/University Gateway Garage parking permit to access)
General Usage Rules/Regulations
The following rules and regulations are meant to ensure all EV owners have fair and equitable access to the charging stations each day:
- Vehicles parked in an EV charging space must be a plugin (electric or hybrid) vehicle and must be actively charging.
- There is a four-hour daily charging limit. Vehicles may not go over the time limit or occupy multiple charger spaces during the same day, nor can the time limit for charging be split into smaller segments by leaving and returning to a charging station the same day.
- EV charging stations are a shared resource and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. EV owners should not expect to have a dedicated space available to them at all times.
- The following usage violations may result in citation:
- Parking a non-plugin vehicle in an EV-only space
- Not actively charging while parked in an EV charging space
- Remaining parked in an EV charging space beyond the 4-hour limit (or past when the vehicle is fully charged, whichever comes first)
- After three subsequent offenses, PTS has the right to revoke access to on campus EV charging stations.
- If a non-plugin vehicle is parked in an EV-only space, contact PTS at 832-842-1097 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All privately-owned electric vehicles are prohibited from charging at standard electrical outlets found in parking facilities or campus buildings. Charging vehicles by any means other than a designated charging station is subject to citation and/or confiscation of charging cable.
- The University of Houston assumes no responsibility or liability for damage to vehicles using the EV charging stations.
At this time there is no fee associated with the use of the charging stations. However, users must display a valid parking permit for the facility in which the charging station is located, or pay the applicable visitor parking rate if using a charging station located within the visitor section of the garage.
UH PTS reserves the right to assess charging fees in the future to offset electrical, infrastructure, parking and administrative costs; to maintain the chargers; and to help expand the charging program to other locations.
Etiquette for Shared/Limited Equipment
- Don't charge if you don't need to. Leave the spot free for another EV driver that might really need the charge.
- Only occupy an EV charging spot while your car is being charged. When the charging session is completed, unplug and move your car to free up the spot for another EV driver.
- When completed with a charging session, wrap the charging cord neatly and place it back on the charging station where no one can trip on it or drive over it.