Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Transportation Museum To Install Electric Charging Station Downtown

The Virginia Museum of Transportation is all but finished installing an Eaton Level 2 Pow-R-Station electric vehicle charging station (like the one above) at the Museum in downtown Roanoke.

The charging station is part of the Museum’s efforts to highlight emerging transportation technologies and their impact on community development throughout the Commonwealth. “Alternative energies and fuels have an important place in the future of transportation,” says Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr., executive director of the Museum.

Plug-in electric vehicles offer improved fuel economy, lower emissions and strong acceleration with a quiet operation – all from a domestic energy source. Some industry forecasts predict an annual volume of 400,000 battery-operated electric vehicles in North American by 2020. These electric vehicles will require substantial residential, commercial and public infrastructure to support them.

“We’re thrilled to have the first charging station in downtown Roanoke,” says Fitzpatrick. “Our hope is that it doesn’t end here. We’d like to see more power stations throughout the Roanoke Valley.”

The Eaton Level 2 Pow-R-Station is NEMA 3R-rated for outdoor use. The charging station supplies the connection to the grid where the vehicles are parked and provides the electric car’s onboard charger with the electricity it needs to refill the battery.

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