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Article posted: 12/14/2012 2:22 PM

Electric car chargers now at Harper

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By Submitted by Harper College

Drivers of electric vehicles now have a spot to charge their cars on the Harper College campus -- part of an ongoing campus effort to become more environmentally friendly.

A new two-vehicle charging unit has been installed in Parking Lot 14 near the Wojcik Conference Center on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine.

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The stations are part of the ChargePoint network, whose technology allows users to reserve charging time and receive a notification when their charge is complete.

The unit's launch comes amid the growing popularity of electric vehicles in the U.S., and is a finishing touch on a parking lot reconstruction that also included other environmentally friendly projects in line with Harper's green initiative.

The new parking lots have landscaped medians filled with native plants that naturally filter water runoff -- helping to prevent pollutants like battery acid or oil from reaching and contaminating nearby ponds -- as well as nearly an acre of additional green space and nearly twice as many trees.

The charging stations cost $2 an hour, and charge a vehicle at nearly twice the speed as a regular home outlet.

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