Wednesday, May 23, 2012

RSC Supports EAA Phoenix Effort to Promote Clean Transportation

The Phoenix chapter of the Electric Auto Association (EAA) recently hosted a 100 mile Electric Vehicle Rally with Tempe-based Rio Salado College as the final destination. Participants took a tour of the Garden @ Rio and learned about the college's sustainability efforts while their vehicles recharged using the seven on-site electric vehicle charging stations.

Installation of publicly available EVSE charging stations is planned for locations across all ten Maricopa District community colleges in an effort to support clean transportation.

According to EAA Phoenix Chapter President Jim Stack, the Phoenix area is well ahead of the curve when it comes to providing infrastructure and support for alternate fuels and electric vehicles.

"There are over 200 EVSE charging locations throughout the Valley," Stack said. "My Nissan LEAF actually shows them on an in-dash display, but anyone can find them using the Blink Network map."

"Rio Salado makes a big impact," Stack said."They have so many locations around town. There are seven stations at the Tempe headquarters and two stations at most of their satellite locations."

Stack also said he believes there is a trend among local businesses to support electric vehicles. "Rio Salado is a leader, but the entire Valley community is behind the movement towards clean energy."

The Phoenix EEA chapter is a 100% non-profit organization for electric vehicle enthusiasts. The group sponsors events like the Electric Vehicle Rally to help raise awareness of the advancing capabilities of next generation electric vehicles.

"Our events help show the greater Phoenix area how easy it is to drive an electric vehicle," Stack said. "We also show how EV's can be very efficient and surpass the range and economy of other vehicles."

"The winner of our 100 Mile EV Rally for the 21st Century event drove over 8.5 miles on each kilowatt hour (KwH) of electricity at around 10 cents per KwH," Stack explained. "He could drive around 85 miles at a cost of about a dollar."

"The new electric vehicles regenerate when they slow down or brake which adds another 10-15% to their range, " Stack said. "It also stops brake wear and brake dust. No other car in the world can do that."

Rio Salado College is one of ten Maricopa Community Colleges and the largest online public community college in the nation. Founded in 1978, Rio Salado offers degree and certificate programs, general education courses and support for dual enrollment, military and incarcerated students. It is also the largest provider of adult basic education in Arizona.