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Hinds becomes first Mississippi community college to install EV chargers

Six electric vehicle chargers are now available on Hinds Community College's Raymond campus (Photo courtesy of Entergy Mississippi)

For the first time, a community college in Mississippi is offering a charging station for electric vehicles.

Hinds Community College recently had six chargers installed on its Raymond campus through the Adopt a Charger’s Charge Up! Mississippi Initiative. The program in and around the metro Jackson area is supported through a $160,000 grant from Entergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund.

“Partnering with sustainable initiatives like Charge Up! Mississippi helps further Entergy’s commitment to strengthen our communities for the future,” Kelli Dowell, director of environmental policy at Entergy Mississippi said. “We’re proud to support projects through our Environmental Initiatives Fund that will reduce environmental risk, across our service area.”

On the Hinds Community College campus, EV charging stations are available for public usage at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center & Resort and the Student Union Building. Tesla donated their Universal Wall Connector for each charging station, which has the compatibility to add up to 25 miles of range per hour.

“Hinds Community College is proud to be the first community college in Mississippi to have EV chargers located on campus,” Brock Haas, director of Eagles Ridge Conference Center & Resort at Hinds Community College, said.

“We understand the growing demand for EV charging options. These new stations ensure our students, faculty, and visitors have the practical resources they need to choose more sustainable transportation methods. This new technology will help aid in accomplishing our mission to move people and communities forward by helping develop their purpose, passion, and profession.”

Adopt a Charger will continue in its mission to install 24 EV charging stations in and around metro Jackson with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Children’s Museum tabbed to be the next sites for charging stations.

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