Oct. 10, 2011
(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University and Entergy Mississippi, Inc. connected to the future on October 10 with the unveiling of a newly installed electric vehicle (EV) charger on JSU’s campus.
The charger is the first of three that Entergy is donating to Mississippi universities, which include the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi State University and JSU. The charging stations are one of Mississippi’s first major forays into the electric vehicle market.
“This project will provide two things for students – a hands-on experience and a research experience,” said Dr. Farshad Amini, chair of JSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Jackson State and the other schools will allow students, faculty and staff who own electric vehicles to use the chargers at no cost. The charging stations are currently capable of providing a full charge to any electric vehicle on the market. JSU researchers and Entergy will collect usage data and conduct critical research about the chargers’ impact on consumers and the electric grid.
“Electric vehicles are gaining widespread acceptance as an important technology solution for the nation’s energy future,” said Napoleon Johnson, vice president of customer operations for Entergy Mississippi, Inc.
“However, the infrastructure must be in place to support the evolution of the technology. We hope our donation of EV chargers to these Mississippi universities will help start that process in this state.”
The next generation of affordable, consumer-friendly EVs—such as the Nissan Leaf, which was used to demonstrate how JSU’s charging station operates—are hitting the U.S. market. A total of 3.2 million plug-in electric vehicles will be sold worldwide by 2015, according to Pike Research.
“The Jackson State University community is excited about the partnership with Entergy to provide an electric vehicle charging station on our campus,” said Dr. Carolyn Meyers, president of Jackson State University. “Having this station on campus aligns with my administration’s strategic direction in enhancing our student and faculty knowledge base in alternative energy research and education as we bring value in reducing our nation’s transportation system cost.”
The charging station program is part of Entergy’s Generation E initiative, which supports technologies that foster environmental sustainability and provide for clean, efficient and affordable power for today and the future.
The chargers are manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, which specializes in electric vehicle charging systems and operates in 14 countries, with network operations centers in the U.S., London and Hong Kong.
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