Besides U-C-L-A, Kevin Borg’s favorite letters of the alphabet might be EV, as in electric vehicle. Borg, currently the assistant athletic director for facilities & project management in UCLA Athletics, started commuting to campus from his South Bay home in 1988. Initially, he drove alone to his job in the Morgan Center, followed by an eight-year stint as a UCLA vanpool driver.
In 2016, Borg bought a Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid sedan and switched back to a solo commute. He did this to be able to fit more work into his day without extending his on-campus work schedule. Borg has been able to do this thanks to his in-car Bluetooth receiver for hands-free phone calls and his DMV-issued Green Clean Air Vehicle decals which allow him to drive solo in the 405 Freeway carpool lane. He normally parks on the north side of Structure 7, where unlimited Level 1 charging is available for EVs.
Last March, Borg broke his fibula and needed to use crutches and a knee scooter to move around campus and his office. After obtaining a temporary parking placard for individuals with temporary disabilities from the DMV, he spotted ADA parking stalls available on the opposite end of the structure near an elevator and began to park there.
“One day, after pulling into one of the ADA parking spaces, I noticed EV charging equipment mounted overhead,” Borg said. “I followed the directions and began using it every day. What a sweet, convenient, experience. You just push a button, an attachment drops down for easy plug-in, and when you leave, you unplug the cord and it automatically retracts slowly upwards.”
Fully accessible Level 2 chargers are located in parking stalls in each of three ADA spaces for EVs in Parking Structures 2, 7 & 8. These are part of UCLA Transportation’s ongoing efforts to address demand for EV charging for faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors, and meet the goal of converting two percent of all structure spaces (approximately 400) to EV-available by the end of fiscal year 2017-18. Once these are all in, the department will evaluate how this initial expansion is working, with the expectation that even more EV charging capability will be put in place based on customer demand and increased EV ownership.
Once Borg fully healed and completed physical therapy, he was able to return to EV parking on the north side of Structure 7 in a regular parking stall. Looking back on his experience, Borg said he is thankful to the University “for encouraging a carbonless footprint and providing resources which allow employees and visitors to take advantage of convenient EV charging.”