POSTED: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 4:57pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 9:01am
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — 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.