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Electric Charging Stations

As part of Caltech's commitment to encourage alternative transportation and support electric vehicle commuters, three electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now available on campus through the ChargePoint Network. Two charging stations have been installed in the South Wilson parking structure, and one in the Holliston parking structure.  The fee for use of the stations for the Caltech community is $1.25/hour, with a 1 hour minimum. The general public will be charged $2.00/hour, with a 1 hour minimum. Charging time is limited to 4-hours. The Caltech EV charging stations are meant to be "top-off" locations (not primary charging locations), so the time limit will allow for turnover throughout the day. A valid parking permit is required to park while charging the vehicle. All chargers are part of the ChargePoint Network, so users must be a member of the ChargePoint program.

To register your vehicle, come by the parking office at 515 S. Wilson (second floor) to get your "ChargePass" card. Please bring your Caltech ID when you register in order to receive the discounted rate. The ChargePass card can be used at any ChargePoint Network charging station, including more than 350 stations throughout California. The card must be activated before it can be used. Activation instructions are included in the ChargePass packet you will receive when you register. You can set SMS and email alerts from your ChargePass account to advise you when:

  • Your vehicle is fully charged
  • Plug-Out Detection

Your ChargePass account will collect all usage history for your public charging with:

  • Start and end times
  • Energy (kWh) used
  • Greenhouse gases saved
  • Occupied time
  • Location

Finding an available charging station to charge your electric vehicle is easy and fast from any browser or smart phone. Simply go to and click Find Stations, or download a ChargePoint app for your smart phone.

For more information or questions contact Kristina Valenzuela at (626) 395-4729 or email

EV Charging Stations in the California Parking Structure

In an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in our environment and begin a campus wide shift to the use of renewable resources, a research group led by Steven Low, professor of computer science and electrical engineering in the engineering and applied science division, has installed 54 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for use by all Caltech and JPL personnel and visitors. The stations, four of which are handicapped-accessible, were first installed in the California Parking Structure in February and are currently free to use. A Caltech parking permit is required to use the charging stations. Additional information can be found at