Tennessee Tech University has received a more than $775,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a rural electric vehicle (EV) testbed to demonstrate and evaluate the applications of electric vehicles over a diverse range of activities serving a rural and largely economically distressed area. In this case, the the first-of-its-kind study is focused on the Upper Cumberland region.
The research will consist of a small electric vehicle fleet including three Nissan Leafs, one plug-in light duty truck, and one battery electric transit bus along with an EV charging station network. In addition to Tennessee Tech, other research partners include the University of Texas at Austin, Nissan North America, Lightning Systems, East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, Seven States Power Corporation, ChargePoint and the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency.
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