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USA: Electric car charging stations open at UT

Driving an electric car in Knoxville gets easier today as the University of Tennessee opens a dozen new vehicle charging stations on campus.

The stations will be available in four-hour increments to faculty, students and staff who receive an electric vehicle parking permit, and for the general public who obtain a temporary permit.

There are six charging stations on the agriculture campus, south of the Research Greenhouse near the intersection of E.J. Chapman Drive and Jacob Drive. Another bank of six stations is in a staff lot south of the former Student Health Center at Pat Head Summitt Street and Andy Holt Avenue.

“We believe this will meet the need we have now,” said Mark Hairr, director of parking and transit at UT. “We know we have some (electric cars) on campus, and we’ve worked with some of the owners … as we’ve looked at planning and installation of these.”

About 12 faculty members have either the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt, Hairr said.

The new campus charging stations are part of the EV Project, a federally funded deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure through the San Francisco-based company ECOtality.
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