Tennessee Tech University – Upper Cumberland EV Demonstration Testbed
Tennessee Technological University (TTU) unveiled in July 2022 a new Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) station that serves a U.S. Department of Energy-funded EV Testbed Project in the 14-county 'Upper Cumberland' region of Tennessee, as well as the greater Cookeville area. The unit was installed in a TTU parking lot along a busy corridor in Cookeville and will be the primary refueling site for an all-electric E450 shuttle bus that the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency will utilize to provide electric transit services in the surrounding area. The grant's Principal Investigator, Dr. Pingen Chen, is an Assistant Professor in TTU's Department of Mechanical Engineering and has brought a diverse group of about ten partners into the project. Lead project infrastructure partner Seven States Power Corporation managed the charger installation.
Vanderbilt University – MoveVU
MoveVU is Vanderbilt's strategic transportation and mobility plan that falls under the FutureVU comprehensive campus planning efforts. MoveVU goals align with FutureVU guiding principles to beautify the campus, preserve and enhance the park-like character people enjoy, create a walkable and sustainable campus, and better connect areas of campus that feel disconnected. MoveVU calls for diversification of transportation options, reduction of the drive-alone rate to campus that aligns with university goals to become carbon neutral, prioritization of pedestrian and micromobility, and improvement of accessibility. MoveVU aims to give commuters more options when deciding how they will travel to and from campus.
More information on the Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards can be found at http://www.tn.gov/environment/TSTA.