Rural Reimagined works with five states in the Appalachian region: Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia. People who live in these states will be given a chance to drive an EV and see how the cars work with their transportation needs.
Jennifer Kidd, a senior project manager with East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, said the project wants to focus on expanding EV usage into rural areas.
“The goal of the project is to give residents of the Appalachian region a little bit of experience driving an electric vehicle. They also have a component that will supply electric vehicle charging stations to different potential site hosts in the region,” Kidd said. “We’re just trying to just build a little bit more of a network and bring some electric vehicles and infrastructure to the area.”
A new electric vehicle (EV) charging station is set to be installed at Perry County Park, officials announced during the Fiscal Court meeting on Jan. 9.
Bill McIntosh, Perry County community development coordinator, said the charging station is part of an initiative already adopted by cities such as Prestonsburg and Campton.
“Tennessee Tech currently has a program where they’re selecting certain sites to participate in an electric vehicle charging station program,” McIntosh said. “They will provide the station to us at no cost and train our men to install and maintain the charging station.”
McIntosh emphasized the potential benefits for the public and tourists.
“We have the opportunity to provide a service to the public and even tourists coming through with the use of this charging station,” he said. “I know Prestonsburg and Campton are participating. We would be the first one in our neighborhood to participate in this program. So we have an opportunity to explore this and see if it will be beneficial and become something we continue to do later on and put up other charging stations around the county to allow people traveling to stop in Hazard and Perry County, which hopefully would boost our economy a little bit.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Citizens and Tennessee officials alike have been thinking of new ways to make the state greener.
For years, there has been an uptick in electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads. Meanwhile, different local organizations have started producing their own ideas on how to encourage drivers to make the change from gasoline to electric power.
Rural Reimagined is one of these innovative programs that encourages buying EVs.
Pingen Chen, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Tennessee Tech University, is helping with the Rural Reimagined program. He said that this program is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded large-scale EV community project.
The goal of the project is to become the backbone of the EV ecosystem in rural communities and make a greener economy.
Saltville is the first location in Smyth County with a public electric vehicle charging station.
Town Manager Brian Martin announced the plan at the Nov. 14 town council meeting and the station was installed last week. It is expected to be operational in the next week or two and has been listed on the Virginia Department of Transportation EV map and linked into Google maps.
The station was installed in the post office parking lot next to the town commons. Martin said it is the only station not at a private business at this point between Wytheville and Exit 7 of Interstate 81.
“We’re eight miles off the interstate but we’re the only one for 80 miles,” Martin said, “and if we have it right here in our downtown I think that will be a good spot for people to plug in and have a meal, check out the museum, whatever.”
RICHMOND, Ky. (FOX 56) — Have you considered going electric for your next car? The once-viewed fad has turned into the next wave of driving across the nation.
But if you’re still unsure about driving on electric, a new program in parts of eastern, central, and southern Kentucky offers you to try before you buy. The program allows anyone who lives in one of 54 select counties to test drive an electric vehicle for two-six weeks before deciding to buy one.
West Virginia really stood out in the Rural Reimagined EV project (www.rural-reimagined.com)! Yesterday, Tennessee Tech delivered three more ChargePoint dual-port level-2 charging stations to three rural cities in WV (Hinton, Montgomery, and Webster Springs). These charging stations will soon be installed to serve rural communities and EV visitors in WV. Had really good meetings with community leaders and truly appreciate the partnership and leadership from Ted Kula (Commissioner of Summers County), John Tuggle (Director of Region 4 Planning and Development Council), Chris Graham (Webster County EDA Director), Greg Ingram (Mayor of Montgomery).
The recent decision to add electric car chargers will soon be bringing a big-town feel to Mountain City. According to local officials, the modern technology is hoped to be up and running this week on South Church Street at the metal building beside City Hall. Although the new service has been on the City Council’s agenda for months, implementation has taken longer than originally expected.
“I have had requests for the last three years,” said Mayor Jerry Jordan. “Mostly salesmen who travel to Mountain City from Kingsport use electric cars and request somewhere to charge them so they can get back home.”
The center of Jefferson City became the pulse point for plug-in transportation Saturday afternoon when Appalachian Electric Cooperative coordinated the “2023 Lakeway Area EV Ride and Drive” event on Carson-Newman University’s campus. Various Teslas, Chevrolet Bolts and a couple of Fords were available for driving or ride-along opportunities.
Working with East Tennessee Clean Fuels (ETCF) and the Knoxville Electric Vehicle Association (KEVA), AEC assembled a cadre of EVs the public could review. Those registered could select one for a test drive on a predetermined 4.2-mile route.
Visit Wytheville and Wytheville Meeting Center staff have been using the electric vehicle provided by Virginia Clean Cities to make deliveries and run errands associated with the operation of the Visitors Center and Meeting Center. Virginia Clean Cities has loaned the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier to the Town of Wytheville during March as part of the Rural Reimagined program.
Throughout the month of March, you may see Town of Wytheville staff driving an electric vehicle around town as they accomplish their daily tasks. Virginia Clean Cities is loaning the Town a 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier as part of the Rural Reimagined program.
Rural Reimagined is a project aiming to bring electric vehicles (EV), outreach, and education to the rural Appalachian region spanning the states of Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Funded by the federal Department of Energy, this initiative is endeavoring to kick-start electric vehicle adoption and clean-energy job opportunities.
Virginia Clean Cities has the goal of advancing air quality improvement, economic opportunity, and energy security through the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, education programs, and other petroleum reduction activities. The Clean Cities program is sponsored by the Department of Energy.
PENNINGTON GAP, VA. (Powell Valley News) — A Chevy Bolt EUV has been seen around Pennington Gap and the surrounding area during February with Town manager Keith Harless positioned behind the wheel.
Harless can be heard offering high praise for the electric vehicle with the low operating cost, zero tailpipe emissions and technological innovations that the EUV utilizes all features that he finds attractive.
“I’ve noticed the trend for electric cars over the past several years and our area is like a desert when it comes to charging stations for public use,” said Harless. “That deters people from visiting Pennington Gap.”
He conducted research on EVs which allowed him to discover a campaign to promote electric vehicle travel in areas such as Southwest Virginia which are lacking infrastructure. Virginia Clean Cities, which is based in Harrisonburg at James Madison University, was along with the regional project which is called “Rural Reimagined” with the campaign part of an initiative to help bring greater access for travel through charging infrastructure to rural areas.
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WV News) — The Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority on Tuesday afternoon became the first public transit organization in the state to unveil an electric van, which will be used as part of a larger initiative to increase alternative energy in Appalachia.
The initiative, called the “Rural Reimagined, Building an EV Ecosystem for Appalachia” project, is led by the Tennessee Technological University, with other partners including schools like West Virginia University, power and electric companies, local governments and others across West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia.
Overall, the project aims to promote the increased adoption of electric vehicles, support infrastructure to provide charging for those vehicles, encourage the availability of electric vehicles in rural areas and “spur green economy development around transportation electrification.”