EV charging station opens at Tarrant County College Opportunity Center

FORT WORTH, Texas — As electric vehicles continue to gain popularity across the country, an EV charging station is now available at Tarrant County College’s Opportunity Center at 5901 Fitzhugh Ave. The Revitalize Dual Port Level II station is accessible off the Southeast Loop 820 access road and is one of only two public charging stations on Southeast Loop 820.

Installed in January, the station underscores TCC’s commitment to Tarrant County, especially in underserved communities.

“Most public EV chargers in Fort Worth are west of I-35, leaving the eastern half of Fort Worth in a virtual EV charging desert,” says TCC Manager of Sustainability Lori Lewis. “TCC recognizes that installing EV chargers makes the purchase of an EV or plug-in hybrid a little more accessible, thereby reducing the overall cost of car ownership. The reduction in air pollution is a plus, too.”

This sustainability program is supported by a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that enabled TCC to buy and install the station for eligible vehicles — battery electrics (BEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). Teslas require an adapter.

Charging costs $1 per hour. A session begins when the vehicle is plugged in and ends when the plug is removed or the charging process is complete. Payment can only be made at the charging station through a mobile app connected to a credit or debit card.

Tarrant County College is one of the nation’s largest higher education institutions and boasts the second lowest tuition of Texas’ Top 10 community colleges. A comprehensive two-year college with six campuses in Tarrant County and online classes, TCC offers a range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees; workforce and economic development programs; technical and skilled trades programs; and customized training for area businesses and corporations.