• EV Charging at CSUN

CSUN EV Charging - Fueling the EV Revolution

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is currently expanding its present network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus. EV commuters will soon have access to 90 convenient charging stations in total, as all current Level 2 and Level 3 chargers are being replaced with new “smart” chargers. Installation is expected to be completed by the end of March 2022, and the new system platform will be “powered by Chargie,” the largest installer of EV charging stations in Southern California.

Through the easy-to-use Chargie smartphone app, CSUN students, faculty, and staff can set up an account and payment method, preload funds, scan the QR code of the corresponding station, and follow the charging status of their vehicles in real time.

Although campus EV chargers are no longer free to use, the cost to you is the same blended rate CSUN pays per kilowatt-hour. This fee helps CSUN cover a portion of the operational costs of these chargers. 

EV Charger Installation Update: 4/21/2022

  • Online:
    • B2: 8 chargers
    • B6: 4 chargers
    • G3: 4 chargers
    • G6: 36 chargers, 4 still awaiting commissioning
    • G9: 4 chargers
    • B4: 2 chargers, 6 awaiting electrical upgrades
    • B5: 10 chargers
    • F2: 8 chargers
  • Coming online in 3-4 weeks:
    • F5: 2 DC fast chargers (~1st week of May)
    • E6: 2 chargers

 


EV Charging Locations

A map with the locations of the CSUN EV Chargers can be found by clicking the link below.


 

EV Charging at CSUN Powered by Chargie.
How Chargie works:

 

 

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FAQ

 

Where are the new chargers located?

The new EV Chargers are located in parking areas throughout campus and can be found using the map at the following link: https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/EV%20Charging%20Map%20%28Final%29.pdf

Why is my EV charging more slowly than usual?

The new EV chargers all utilize load sharing technology, which has allowed CSUN to expand our EV charger network without costly substantial electrical infrastructure improvements. Local load management allows us to use a building’s existing electrical panel power capacity to charge multiple electric vehicles. These "smart" chargers communicate with one another to equally distribute the available electrical current between all the vehicles plugged in at a given location. This means that the more vehicles that are plugged in, the less current each one will receive. For example, an electrical panel that provides 80 amps has four 40-amp chargers. If two vehicles are plugged in, each one will receive the full 40 amps. If two more vehicles were to begin charging, each vehicle would now receive 20 amps. While this reduced charging rate is not ideal, providing full charging capacity to all EV chargers simultaneously would require extensive upgrades to the campus' electrical infrastructure.

How much does it cost to charge?

The current rate for charging your car is $0.18/kWh, which will be displayed in the Chargie smart phone app as well. This rate is set at the campus utility rate and is a direct pass-through to the user.

How to report an issue with payment or a broken charger?

Drivers can utilize the mobile app to connect with the Chargie support team. There is also a customer support email listed on the stations themselves.

For how long can I charge my vehicle?

Drivers are no longer required to move their vehicle after 4 hours of charging. However, drivers should move their car if it is 100% full and/or not charging anymore.

Where can I get more information about this program?

You can send an email to energy.sustainability@csun.edu for additional information or questions.