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LSU puts electric car charging stations on campus

POSTED: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 5:57pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 10:01am

LSU took a big leap forward in providing an alternative fuel on campus; electric car charging stations were installed on campus by Entergy.

Students and faculty will have the chance to charge up for free.

This is a major step for the city to create an infrastructure that allows more options for cars that run on alternative fuel sources.

"In a campus and urban setting, electric vehicles are perfect," states Christopher Knotts with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

LSU Chancellor Michael Martin adds, "I think as students and faculty see this experiment, and know they can charge and recharge their vehicles here. More will take the chance to get the benefits of an electric vehicle."

Lauren Stuart of the Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition agrees. "They (student and faculty) want to have the option to fuel somewhere else besides just their home and that's what these stations offer to the public."

Two chargers are installed on campus – one across from Patrick F. Taylor Hall and one in the Hart Lot near Kirby Smith.

As far as where you can get an electric vehicle, Baton Rouge is also first in the state to offer that option. The Nissan Leaf is currently being pre-sold here in the Capitol City, and is priced around $25,000.

For more information on the Nissan Leaf, click here and here.

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Even though there is a push everywhere to have more and more electric cars being sold, it seems that it is not really welcomed by the public. Despite some incentives, but the public has not really grasped it. I know some schools in the US and Europe have deployed electric cars, especially in universities that are big and quite difficult to go around by foot. Bicycles dominate the universities’ streets, but recently a few schools introduced vehicles of alternative fuel sources.

Im still wondering what is the difference between an electric car and a normal one. I mean in parts. Do they have the same parts like the brakes, engine or the Splash Shield perhaps?

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