Montgomery County Community College will open a new parking lot at its Blue Bell campus this fall designated for students, faculty and staff who carpool or drive energy-efficient vehicles.
The new parking lot is the first at the college to offer charging stations for electric vehicles. Ten GE Durastation charging stations at five pedestals will enable drivers to charge their electric vehicles in four hours, half the time as a typical charge cycle of eight hours, officials said.
The new lot will take electric and hybrid vehicles, along with vehicles that have earned an EPA rating of 27 combined city and highway MPG or higher.
The lot is beside the Advanced Technology Center. Drivers can apply for a permit to the 185-space parking lot through the college's online portal. Accepted applicants will receive an access card and parking decal. The lot will be open for general access parking on weekends.
In addition to the charging stations, the lot has LED lighting, a subsurface runoff infiltration system, rain gardens to deter erosion and planted swales.
To learn more about the college’s sustainability initiative, visit: http://mc3green.wordpress.com.