UTM conference’s focus is electric LEAF

UTM conference’s focus is electric LEAF

Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 6:01 pm

The EV Project is the largest deployment of electric vehicles and charge infrastructure in history.

ECOtality North America is partnering with Nissan North America to deploy up to 5,700 zero-emission electric vehicles, the Nissan LEAF, and nearly 15,000 charging systems to support them in strategic markets in five states: Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.

In a special presentation planned for Thursday from 6 until 7 p.m. at the University Center’s Room 206 on the campus of UT Martin Stephanie Cox from Ecotality will speak about the Nissan LEAF and the electric car infrastructure that is developing in Tennessee. The event is sponsored by GEARS.

The EV Project will collect and analyze data to characterize vehicle use in diverse topographic and climatic conditions, evaluate the effectiveness of charge infrastructure, and conduct trials of various revenue systems for commercial and public charge infrastructure. 

The ultimate goal of The EV Project is to take the lessons learned from the deployment of these first 5,700 EVs, and the charging infrastructure supporting them, to enable the streamlined deployment of the next 5,000,000 EVs.

If someone in Martin purchases an electric vehicle, they would be able to travel all over the state. http://www.ecotalityna.com/PHEV-activities/the-ev-project.php.

Sen. Lamar Alexander has advocated for people across the state to “plug in” as he has recently with a lease of the Nissan LEAF.

“Plugging in my new LEAF will give me the patriotic pleasure of not sending money overseas to people who are trying to blow us up,” Alexander commented on Monday.

wcp 3/08/11

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