Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric Vehicle Charging


Transportation Services operates an Electric Vehicle Charging program on the UC Riverside main campus. The department’s goal is to support the University of California’s commitment to reducing resource usage and greenhouse gas emissions and to support California’s overall goal to increase electric vehicle usage.

Program Principles:

  • Provide the infrastructure for Electric Vehicle users to obtain electricity for their vehicles while on campus to increase their available driving range in order to complete their commute. The program is not intended to provide Electric Vehicle users with the resources to become users’ primary method of charging their personal vehicle(s).  This method is commonly referred to as, Topping-Up.
    • Level II (240vac/30amp) charging stations are located in areas of the campus where electricity is readily available and accessible to current Electric Vehicle users and potential Electric Vehicle users visiting the campus.  
    • Level I (120vac/20amp) charging infrastructure will be located in long-term parking areas of the campus, usually in conjunction with the construction of new parking facilities.
  • Provide on-campus residents with the option to fully charge their Electric Vehicles on campus in the Residential Electric Vehicle charging stalls.
    • Level I (120vac/20amp) charging infrastructure will be located in long-term residential parking areas on campus.
  • Maintain a rate structure that recovers the total cost of the program, including equipment, ongoing maintenance, and utility costs.
  • Support the adoption of electric vehicles and the smart vehicle selection processes.

Chargepoint (Level II Charging) Account Directions


    To use ChargePoint EV charging stations, users must first sign up for a ChargePoint account online or by calling ChargePoint Customer Service at 888.758.4389.

    1. Creating a ChargePoint account:

          a. Please visit www.chargepoint.com to create an account.

          b. Download the ChargePoint App or request a ChargePoint card that can be mailed to the address provided during registration.


    UCR Faculty, Staff and Students will receive a discount for the first 2 hours by adding the connection code UCREV1 to their ChargePoint account.  Once you have logged in to ChargePoint's system, click on the title "Connections".  At the top of the Connections screen, you will see a place to enter the Connection code.  Enter the Connection code and right click to apply.  You will be asked for your UCR employee ID or student ID number.  After you have submitted your application, Transportation Services will be notified and asked to approve the application before the discount is applied.  Requests are usually processed the next business day.

    NOTE: Lot 22 and Lot 27 chargers are not eligible for the UCR discount.

    As a reminder, ChargePoint will bill you for your usage based on the length of time your vehicle is connected to the charging station so please make sure you move your vehicle accordingly.


    Use the following steps to charge your vehicle at the ChargePoint charging stations on campus.

    1. At the charging station
      1. Tap to charge. With the ChargePoint app installed, open the app and hold your phone over the reader symbol on the station. Your payment will be received via credit card or Android/Apple Pay.
        • iPhone: In the ChargePoint app, go to Menu, select Account, and then Manage Cards. Pick "set it up," add your ChargePoint pass to Apple Wallet and tap your phone on the station to charge.
        • Android: Enable NFC, turn your phone screen on and tap your phone on the station to charge.
        • Note: To use tap to charge, you'll need iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus running iOS 10 or newer, Apple Watch Series 2, Series 1, and 1st generation or Android 4.4 or later with NFC.
      2. Use the ChargePoint card. Tap your activated ChargePoint card on the card reader symbol on the station.
    2. Contact ChargePoint Customer Service. Call 888.758.4389 to start a charging session over the phone.
      • The charging port will be released.
      • Plug the port in to your vehicle to begin charging.
      • The ChargePoint app can now provide you with updates about your vehicle's charging status and notifications when your vehicle is fully charged.
    3. Begin charging session
    4. End charging session
      • Disengage the port from your vehicle and place it back on the ChargePoint station to end your session.
    Electric Vehicle Charging Rates as of 7/1/2021 Timeframe
    UCR Affiliates



    First 2 hours

    Per hour rate after first 2 hours.




    First 2 hours

    Per hour rate after first 2 hours.


The University of California, Riverside, reserves the right to refuse, revoke or deny parking privileges and may temporarily close or modify any parking facility or space if deemed necessary. The University assumes no liability for loss or damage to any vehicle or its contents while it is operated or parked on campus facilities which may result from the use of parking facilities or services, or enforcement of regulations. Parking rules and regulations may change without prior notice as deemed necessary.