Electric Vehicle Project

UWF BEI envisions a fleet of all-electric cars that could be used by students as a cost-saving alternative to bringing personal cars on campus. The car-sharing concept would help open up more parking spaces using green technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Electric Vehicle Project?

The proposed project combines three popular energy-saving initiatives: car-sharing, electric vehicle transportation and solar power. The concept is for UWF Business Enterprises, Inc., with a private sector business partner, to provide a fleet of all-electric vehicles on campus. The cars will be available to the university community to rent on an hourly basis. The cars will be stored in a charging area with solar panels. Wireless induction technology will be used to charge the cars.

Is car-sharing a popular trend?

The Transportation Sustainability Research Center at U.C. Berkley found car-sharing to be a viable transportation alternative with an estimated 1.7 million car-sharing members in 27 countries. It is especially prevalent in urban areas and on college campuses where, for many, occasional use of a car is all that is needed. According to Car Share Network, the average car in North America is driven just 66 minutes a day. If car-sharing is made available, people find it to be useful.

Are there advantages for UWF students?

UWF BEI anticipates that resident students would be most interested in the program. They would have a car available when needed for shopping, errands, going downtown or to the beach.

How does wireless induction work?

Professor Marcel Jufer of Lausane Institute of Technology in Switzerland, developed the basic principle of an inductively coupled power transfer system. It consists of transmitter and receiver coils that generate a magnetic field, which induces a voltage in the receiver coil. This voltage can be used to charge electric vehicle batteries. UWF BEI cars would park in the designated spaces where transmitter coils are installed so the batteries could charge.