Electric Vehicle Charging

Electric cars can be re-charged on the University of Minnesota campus.  Charging stations come in three different types: fast-charging, half-day and all-day.

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Level 3 Charger (Fast-Charging) Information & Locations

A fast-charging station re-charges a vehicle's battery to 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes.

East Bank campus
  • Graduate Hotel meter lot (accessed from Walnut Street) - one fast charger is located at the last meter in the lot near Harvard Street

For questions or information about Level 3 Green Lots station, visit greenlots.com

Level 2 Chargers Information & Locations

These half-day charging stations are all inside various public parking facilities throughout campus.  Each Chargepoint charging station accommodates two vehicles.  These charging stations run on two 240 volt batteries and take an average of four hours to fully charge a vehicle. 

Morning users are encouraged to move their vehicle to a regular parking stall at lunchtime to allow others to take advantage of this amenity.

Use of the charging station is free, but the posted parking fee to go into the parking facility must be paid. Depending on the circumstance and location, payment can be at the entrance or exit.

East Bank campus
  • 4th Street Ramp - ground floor (2 chargers)
  • Oak Street Ramp - ground floor adjacent to the west exit (2 chargers)
  • University Avenue Ramp - ground floor (2 chargers)
  • Washington Avenue Ramp - level 2 down-slope toward public exit/next to Hourcar spaces (2 chargers)
  • Church Street Garage - ground floor (2 chargers)
  • East River Road Garage - ground floor (2 chargers)
West Bank campus
  • 19th Avenue Ramp - main level past the entrance (2 chargers)
  • 21st Avenue Ramp - level 2 east end next to elevator lobby and Hourcar spaces (2 chargers)
  • Lot 86 - adjacent to entrance lane on the north side of lot (2 chargers)
  • West Bank Office Building Ramp (for contract parkers only) - level 2 of ramp (2 chargers)
St. Paul campus
  • Gortner Avenue Ramp - level 1 across from public exit (2 chargers)

Parking Facilities

Level 1 Chargers Information & Locations

These charging stations can take up to eight hours to fully re-charge a vehicle.

East Bank Campus
  • 4th Street Ramp - ground floor (2 chargers)
  • Oak Street Ramp - ground floor adjacent to the west exit (2 chargers)
  • East River Road Garage - ground floor (2 chargers)
St. Paul Campus
  • Gortner Avenue Ramp - level 1 across from public exit (2 chargers)

Parking Facilities

For questions or information about the Chargepoint stations, account benefits, and registration, visit chargepoint.com.

If you don't have a Chargepoint account/card, you can always call the toll-free number posted on the charging station to initiate a charging session.

Watch a video to see how charging works.


Find Charging Stations

To see where all public electric vehicle charging stations are in the metro area, including the U’s Level 3 charger, visit plugshare.com.

Electric vehicles support a clean environment, reduce dependence on oil and operate at a lower cost than gasoline-powered vehicles.


Electric Vehicle Charging Frequently Asked Questions

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I am a parking contract holder. Can I get access to another facility to charge my EV?

PTS does not grant special contract access to other facilities for electric vehicle owners.

Your contract offers access to other facilities for free during off-peak hours, which start at 3:00pm weekdays - events may impact access. Use of the charging stations are first come, first serve and currently at no additional cost.  If you would like to change your contract location to a facility that has an EV charger, you can get on the waiting list for that facility.

The University's role is not to become a fuel provider. Most, if not all, charging needs of a typical day's use of an EV can be accommodated at an owner’s home. We continue to encourage the sustainability factor of EVs, along with using transit and other forms of active transportation. 

Thank you for your efforts to reduce CO emissions.

Can an EV charging station be installed in my contract facility?

PTS will not be adding any chargers to any facilities in the near future.  If you would like to change your contract location to a facility that has an EV charger, you can get on the waiting list for that facility.

PTS operates and maintains roughly 40 charging plugs in 14 locations across the Twin Cities campus.  Most of these locations are in public facilities with hundreds of spaces. The charging equipment is primarily networked Level 2 chargers, a handful of non-networked Level 1 chargers, and one Level 3 networked charger. The installation of this original infrastructure was in an attempt to provide basic charging infrastructure in our largest facilities in order to encourage EV use by mitigating "range anxiety."  With the increased range of EVs, we are moving towards supporting one level 3 fast charging station in a publicly available high traffic site located on the West Bank and in St. Paul.  A level 3 fast charging station is already available at the Graduate Hotel parking meters on East Bank. PTS will continue to monitor the industry and how best to integrate fast EV chargers based on available technology and our community needs. The University's role is not to become a fuel provider. Most, if not all, charging needs of a typical day's use of an EV can be accommodated at an owner’s home.

The chargers are always full in my facility. What can be done about this? What are you doing to solve this issue?

Currently, PTS is working with the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) to issue warnings/tickets to customers not obeying the posted signs. To allow for more users to gain access to the EV charging network, PTS asks that customers be considerate of others and move their vehicles when charging is complete, and obey the posted time limit.  If you observe a vehicle abusing the privileges of parking in an EV charging spot, please report it through the PTS Feedback Form.

Where can the general public charge an EV on campus?

PTS operates and maintains roughly 40 charging plugs in 14 locations across the Twin Cities campus.  Most of these locations are in public facilities with hundreds of spaces.  A level 3 fast charging station is located at the Graduate Hotel parking meters on East Bank.  Use of charging stations are first come, first serve and currently free, but the posted fee to park at the parking facility must be paid.

The University's role is not to become a fuel provider. Most, if not all, charging needs of a typical day's use of an EV can be accommodated at the owner's home. We continue to encourage the sustainability factor of EVs, along with using transit and other forms of active transportation.

Thank you for your efforts to reduce CO emissions.