LSU gets plugged; electric car chargers on campus

Monday, July 4, 2011 - 10:38am

On Wednesday, July 6, LSU and Entergy officials will unveil the state’s first major foray into the electric vehicle market with electric vehicle car chargers being installed at LSU. A ceremony to unveil the chargers will be held at 10 a.m. in the parking lot across from Patrick F. Taylor Hall on Nicholson Extension.

Expected to be in attendance are LSU Chancellor Michael Martin; Bill Mohl, president and chief executive officer of Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana; Christopher Knotts, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Technology Assessment Division director; Allan G. Pulsipher, LSU Center for Energy Studies executive director; and Lauren Stuart, Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition coordinator. LSU mascot Mike the Tiger will get the honor of charging the first vehicle on campus.

Two chargers are installed on campus – one across from Patrick F. Taylor Hall and one in the Hart Lot near Kirby Smith. These chargers, which were donated to LSU by Entergy, are the first installed at any Louisiana university; and they will provide students, faculty and staff with free power for their electric vehicles. The charging station will also enable university areas, such as the Center for Energy Studies, and Entergy to collect usage data and conduct critical research about the chargers’ impact on consumers and the electric grid.

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