Electric vehicle chargers

Vehicle parked at charging station

The University has taking advantage of recent rebates to install 50 new EV charging stations in seven parking structures and two surface lots around the Midtown campus. The upgraded stations will replace the 10 outdated charging stations that have been on campus for nearly 10 years.

EV owners will be charged a nominal fee of $1.00 to connect and 35 cents per kilowatt to use the new Level 2, single-port chargers, which will be more efficient and faster than the outgoing first-generation chargers once additional power resources are put in place.  Payments for utilizing the EV chargers can be made via the free Enel X Way App on your device from the App Store or Google Play or by scanning the QR code located at each charger and setting up your payment arrangements. How to start charging.  The dedicated spaces are intended for active charging sessions only.  PTS expects EV users to continue to be courteous to each other and move their vehicles after they are done charging so others may also use the chargers. However, to help incentivize drivers to move their vehicle when done charging, individuals who stay more than two hours after charging is complete, will be assessed an initial “Idle fee” of $5.00.

WSU’s Sustainability team also created a WhatsApp for the WSU EV Community to connect to each other. You can join here: WSU EV Community WhatsApp. The existing EV community has really taken to using it as many individuals work with each other to make sure they can charge their vehicles as soon as possible.

The formal ways for users to report equipment problems (e.g. won't charge, damaged, payment won't process, etc) to our service provider Charge EV are:

email: support@charge-ev.co

Phone: 866 606-CHARGE (24/7)     

WhatsApp Business: https://wa.me/18666062427


The new EV charging stations have been installed in the following Wayne State parking areas:

Location Vehicle Charger Location

Parking Structure #1

450 W. Palmer (six stations). Located on the first level in section 2E

Parking Structure #2

5150 Lodge Service Drive (six stations) Located in the southwest corner of the structure in sections 1/2 and 3/1

Parking Structure #4

555 E. Canfield (six stations) Three are located on the first ramp (southbound) into the garage from the Canfield entrance and three are located on the level one ramp (northbound)

Parking Structure #5

5501 Anthony Wayne Drive (six stations) Located on the first level in sections 1/4 and 1/5

Parking Structure #6

61 Putnam (six stations) Four are located on the second level in the east end of the structure Student/Staff side.

Two are located on the first level in the Visitor section

Parking Structure #7

3717 John R. (six stations) Three are located in section GN and three are located in section 2S

Parking Structure #8

91 W. Forest (six stations) Located in the lower level of the structure at the bottom of the west ramp

Lot #50

1200 W. Warren (four stations) Located just west of the Warren Ave. entrance close to the parking booth

Lot #75

545 E. Canfield (four stations) Located on the northeast side of the lot near Structure 4 north entry/exit gate


WSU electric vehicle etiquette

EV spots for EVs

It's absolutely never acceptable for an internal combustion car to park in a spot designated for a plug-in car. That's a firm rule, no matter how crowded a parking lot is, and no matter how infrequently the charging location is used.

No nasty notes

Electric car drivers should never leave nasty notes. If the charging spot you counted on using is ICEd (the term referring to a charging spot occupied by an internal combustion engine car) by all means, the plug-in driver should leave a note on the windshield explaining the predicament. The note can be firm, but should be expressed in polite language, in a good-will gesture that will hopefully convince the offender not to make the mistake again.

Charge only when necessary

Don't charge if you don't need a charge. Leave the spot free for another EV driver that might need the charge to safely complete his or her daily travels.

Charge up and move on

Only occupy a charging spot while your car is being charged. As soon as the charging session is completed (either when your battery is full or when you have adequate range to comfortably reach your destination) be prepared to unplug and move your car as soon as possible, making way for a fellow plug-in driver.  Many charging networks and car apps can be set to notify you by email or text when your charging session is completed.

It's okay to ask for a charge

If a charging spot you needed is being used, and you are able to park next to a car that is currently charging, it's perfectly fine to leave a note asking the owner to plug your car in after his or her session is complete. If you have receive such a note, honor the request. If the charging session requires a fee, you are obviously not obligated to activate the charging session (and incur a fee) although that kind gesture will likely be returned someday. As with any note left on a windshield, it's advisable to include your name and cell phone number so you can be contacted.

Don't unplug plug-in hybrids...

An owner of a pure electric car owner, like a Nissan LEAF, does NOT have the right to unplug a plug-in hybrid, such as a Chevy Volt, just because that car has a back-up gas engine.

...Except when plug-in hybrid Is done charging

The exception to Rule #6 (and applicable in fact to any other plug-in car) says that it's okay for one plug-in car owner to unplug another car, if the first car has clearly finished charging. In this event, the driver who makes the switch should leave a note explaining why it was unplugged. The note should be full of gratitude and include your cell number.

Safety first

Practice safe charging. The means properly managing the cord. Neatly wind the cord on its holder, and tuck it in so people will not trip on any excess length, or drive over it.

For more locations of alternative fuel and electric vehicle charging stations in the Metro-Detroit area, visit afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/.