Knoxville Unveils First Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Nissan LEAF charging

Two Nissan Leafs "fuel up" in Knoxville

This week the city of Knoxville unveiled its first public charging station for electric vehicles (EVs). The EV project, a joint venture between the U.S. Department of Transportation and ECOtality North America will bring a total of 12 EV charging stations to Knoxville by the end of the year. The 240-volt chargers installed at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville allows EVs such as the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt to reach a full charge in four to eight hours.

As part of a first wave of nationwide infrastructure building for EVs, Tennessee has been selected as one of six test states; charging locations are being deployed for travel between the cities of Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville. In total, around 15,000 charging stations will be made available in 18 cities in five other states: California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Texas.

With the rollout of charging stations across the country, it is encouraging to see one of the barriers to widespread adoption of EVs being slowly, but surely removed. SACE supports EVs as a way to cut our dependence on foreign oil, reduce transportation sector emissions for healthier communities, and ultimately build out a clean grid so that fueling and operating EVs can happen with 100% clean energy.

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How much does it cost to charge the car at the charging station?

Comment by Tesla Lover on July 16, 2011 7:51 am

Right now electric charging is free! Many of the business are doing it to get customers in, i.e., “loss leader” and support the program. This may change over time. There is a law in many southern states that prevent anyone who is not a “utility” from “selling” electricity.

Comment by Stephen Smith on July 16, 2011 1:10 pm

Soon, the City of Houston will have the largest fleet of electric cars and the largest electric fleet charging site in the country. The transition to electric vehicles requires pioneering communities to embrace new technologies—Houston is leading the way.

“The City of Houston is proud of its vision and ongoing leadership in electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid technology,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “This innovative technology is part of our alternative transportation future, helping the City save money by reducing gasoline costs while also reducing in-city tailpipe emissions. Due to the significant support from the City’s partners, Houstonians can feel confident about charging their cars anywhere.”

Showcased by the Mayor today, the Theater District garage is the hub of the City Centralized EV Fleet. The City is purchasing twenty-five all-electric vehicles to add to their existing Prius plug-in hybrids and plans to have the full fleet assembled before the end of the year. GRIDbot ‘s stations provide networked electric vehicle energy management to the City fleet.

Funded in part by the State of Texas through a grant from the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ), twenty-eight GRIDbot charging stations are being installed in the Tranquility Park Garage to provide charging for this Centralized Fleet. The grant was won with the help of Good Company Associates, which is providing strategic and operational support to the new venture, to demonstrate the technology, collect data to evaluate the impacts of electric cars on air quality and the acceptance of this new technology. The air quality modeling is being conducted by the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

GRIDbot spokesperson, Richard Donnelly says, “Our networked charging solution is now ready for prime-time. Our products are the only stations designed to offer EV drivers access to charging stations at their workplace, apartment, or favorite retail store, with simple access from a cell phone.”

GRIDbot charging stations were also recently installed at Cypresswood Estates, Houston’s premier affordable Active Adult green community. This new complex was the vision of the Harris County Housing Authority. GRIDbot helped them to achieve the highest possible LEED green building standard.
GRIDbot is now ramping up production and distribution of its line of user-friendly charging stations. A secure network communication between the stations, the vehicles, and the driver sets the stage to maximize the use of off-peak (nighttime) power.
Based in Austin, TX, GRIDbot is raising the bar in the public charging, multi-family and fleet access electric charging equipment market.
Good Company Associates, is a clean energy business development consulting practice, also based in Austin.

Comment by Christine Herbert on September 12, 2011 3:24 pm

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