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Mt. Hood Community College Celebrates Successful Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

November 08, 2023

GRESHAM, Ore. – Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is proud to announce the successful installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on its campus. What began as a vision in 2008 has now become a reality, marking a significant milestone for the college in supporting sustainability on campus.

In 2008, MHCC's facilities team first contemplated the idea of installing EV charging stations on campus. However, the project faced numerous challenges and was eventually placed on hold.

After two unsuccessful grant proposals in 2019 and 2020, MHCC finally received $300,000 in funding in 2021 by incorporating two electric vehicles into the automotive program in support of hands-on education for MHCC automotive students.

Dr. Lisa Skari, president of Mt. Hood Community College, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, "This achievement is a testament to the vision and determination of the MHCC campus community, made possible by our partners. We are thrilled to take this significant step toward a greener future and enhanced educational opportunities for our students."

Collaborating with EV Connect and their contractor, Apex Mechanical, MHCC embarked on the installation process. In light of unexpected challenges related to COVID-19 and supply chain disruption, the college made strategic adjustments to the plan, consolidating the charging stations into Y lot, optimizing resources, and saving approximately $100,000 in the process.

The comprehensive installation included three dual-port pedestals, two wall pack chargers, new electrical infrastructure, a transformer, switchgear, circuit panel, and meter. Additionally, MHCC proudly introduced two electric vehicles to its campus, a Ford Mach E and a Chevy Bolt, serving as valuable educational assets for the automotive program.

MHCC remains committed to sustainability, technological advancement, and providing a greener future for its students and the community. This project has been made possible by DEQ’s Oregon Clean Fuels Program via the PGE Drive Change Fund.

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