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Purdue, GE to put new charging station to use with Chevy Volt

December 13, 2010

Purdue and General Electric will unveil an electric vehicle charging station on campus today (Dec. 13) with a new Chevrolet Volt taking the first charge.
  
The event will be at 2 p.m. at the charging station, located between Elliott Hall of Music and Purdue Armory.
The charging station is the first of as many as 10 that GE Energy-Industrial Solutions will place on campus. Designed to recharge electric-powered vehicles quickly and easily, the GE EV charging stations will be used by various classes and researchers working on electric-powered technology and by units with University-operated electric vehicles.
  
GE Energy-Industrial Solutions has worked with the Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium (I-AEVTEC) to bring the charging stations to campus.
 
Funded by a $6.1 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, I-AEVTEC includes Purdue, the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University Calumet and Indiana University Northwest.
  
The consortium is developing curricula for vehicle technicians, bachelor's and master's degree programs for electric vehicle design and manufacturing engineers, and a certificate program in electric vehicle safety for emergency responders. It also is establishing an outreach program to secondary schools and a resource-driven public website about electric vehicles.

I-AEVTEC sponsors the EVGrandPrix for electric vehicle karts. The first one was held in April at Purdue. In 2011, a preliminary event will be at Purdue in late April and an expanded EVGrandPrix, open to colleges and universities throughout the country, will be held May 7 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

GE Energy-Industrial Solutions introduced the EV charging station in July and said it would be piloted this year at commercial sites, along with Purdue and the University of California, San Diego.
  
The EV charging station, used either indoors or outdoors and mounted on a wall or a pedestal, decreases the time needed for recharging an electric vehicle from as long as 12-18 hours to as short as four to eight hours.

The Volt is the first electric vehicle with extended range. It is powered by electricity for the first 35 miles of gas- and tailpipe emissions-free driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature. For longer-range driving, a highly refined gasoline engine powers the electric motors for an additional 344 miles.

General Motors will start selling the car in selected markets by the end of the year and will expand throughout the country over the next 12-18 months.
  
Students from across campus will get an up-close look at the Volt and its propulsion system after the unveiling today.

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