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Spotlight: Nissan Goes Green at Center City

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

UNC Charlotte, in partnership with Nissan North America and Levine Properties, now provides an electric vehicle charging station at UNC Charlotte Center City.

The station features two electrical nozzles for owners of electric vehicles. Located at Brevard and Ninth streets, the chargers will be available for use by the public, offering up to two hours of free charging.

The chargers were donated by Nissan North America, manufacturer of the U.S.-built, zero emissions, Nissan LEAF, to foster the expansion of electric vehicle infrastructure in downtown Charlotte. The site and wiring infrastructure were donated by Levine Properties.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at noon on July 18, followed by an “EV Ride & Drive” for attendees on Nissan LEAF electric vehicles.

In conjunction with the event, the University will honor Jay Wu, director of UNC Charlotte’s doctorate program in Infrastructure and Environmental Systems (INES), for his work in the area of Renewables and Energy Efficiency. Wu has been at the forefront of innovation for environmental sustainability, and UNC Charlotte is one of a handful of institutions that offer a doctorate program in this area.

In 2009, Chancellor Philip L. Dubois signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which designates UNC Charlotte as one of 16 colleges or universities across North Carolina to sign the pledge to address global warming.

By signing the pledge, UNC Charlotte also joins more than 650 institutions of higher education across the nation that have declared they would address global warming by neutralizing their greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate.

Other community organizations participating in the event include the Charlotte Chamber, Clean Air Carolina, Power 2 Charlotte and Sustain Charlotte.