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July 12, 2022 | Tom Ballard

“Tennessee Smart Mobility Expo” set for early next month in Nashville

Tennessee leaders will come together next month in Nashville for a first-of-its-kind event that celebrates the state’s position as an automotive manufacturing giant and generator of smart mobility solutions from electric vehicle (EV) charging to open road test beds.

The event is the inaugural “Tennessee Smart Mobility Expo” set for August 4-6 at the Music City Center in Downtown Nashville. Hosted by TennSMART, the three-day expo will be the first-ever public showcase of the latest transportation research, technologies, and solutions being developed, built, and deployed by corporations, institutions, and organizations located across Tennessee.

Highlights of the expo include a demonstration space complete with full-size electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles, features on smart freight and logistics, technical sessions, and panel discussions led by national innovation leaders, policymakers, and engineers.

The expo will also spotlight the critical role Tennessee’s world-renowned research institutions are playing to advance smart state solutions, such as cutting back on EV charging times and helping to ensure Tennessee has a workforce ready to support OEMs for generations to come. On the last day of the expo, the Tennessee Valley Authority will host a “Ride + Drive” event featuring a range of electric vehicles for spectators to take for a spin.

“We believe Tennessee is a place where businesses can succeed in the transportation technology industry because of the rich, collaborative environment supported by organizations like TennSMART,” said Rich Davies, Board President of TennSMART and Director of the Sustainable Transportation Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “We’re excited to convene this event and feature the projects and initiatives that are driving innovation in Tennessee and beyond, and we thank our leading partners and other sponsors for helping to make this event a reality.”

Lead partners supporting the expo are FedEx, Nissan, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

TennSMART is a public-private consortium encompassing a growing number of organizations working together to assess, develop, and deploy new intelligent mobility innovations that could change how America transports people and goods.

Tickets to the expo for TennSMART members start at $175 and at $300 for non-TennSMART members. They can be purchased online at

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