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Direct current fast charger electric vehicle charging station unveiling | April 10, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contacts: Holly Henley, Center for Automotive Research, henley.53@osu.edu, 614-292-4217
Tia Garcia, Clean Fuels Ohio, tia@cleanfuelsohio.org, 614-884-7336

The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research, along with partner Clean Fuels Ohio, will unveil a new level three direct current (DC) fast charger for electric vehicle charging, donated by Nissan North America, April 10, 2015.

The media and public are invited to attend this ceremony, which will showcase the electric charging station and its significance to Central Ohio. The highlight of the program will be a demonstration of the Nissan LEAF plugging in to the station, followed by a Nissan LEAF ride and drive.

The ceremony will take place Friday, April 10, 2015 from 10:00 to 10:15 a.m. at the Center for Automotive Research, 930 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212.

The charging station has been generously donated by Nissan North America as part of an initiative—Nissan EV Advantage Program—to install a network of DC fast chargers throughout the region. The Ohio State station is the first in Central Ohio. Assisting locally is Clean Fuels Ohio, which is acting as liaison to spearhead the initiative.

City of Columbus Green Steward Erin Miller, Sam Spofforth of Clean Fuels Ohio and Cynthia Maves of Nissan North America, are among the expected guests at Friday’s ceremony.

The charging station, manufactured by Signet, was installed by ChargeUp LLC and is integrated with the photovoltaic panels located on the roof of the center. As part of the Nissan EV Advantage Program, the center received the charger as a donation. Financial support for installation was provided by Ohio State alumni and ChargeUp LLC partners, Charles Bagwell and Kelly Dietz.

The DC fast charging station delivers 480 volts at 400 amps, offering a quick recharge. With two charging arms available—CHAdeMO and CCS combo—consumers may charge a vehicle up to 80% in 17-22 minutes. Dependent upon the vehicle, users may be able to achieve a full charge in approximately 30 minutes. Each connector will only supply energy to supported vehicles. The station is open to the public with a limit of 30 minutes allowed in the parking space per use. It joins the seven other electric vehicle charging stations at the center, which have standard SAE J1772 connectors and charge vehicles in approximately four to eight hours.

Ohio State has been involved in research programs related to hybrid and electric vehicles through its Center for Automotive Research since 1993.

What: Unveiling ceremony for DC fast charger electric vehicle charging station
When: Friday, April 10, 2015; 10:00-10:15 a.m.
Where: Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research, 930 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212
Who: Center for Automotive Research, Clean Fuels Ohio and Nissan North America
Why: Installation and demonstration of new DC fast charger electric vehicle charging stations
Editors: Photographers and videographers are welcome to attend the event and take photos or videos during the ceremony.

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About the Center for Automotive Research

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is the pre-eminent research center in sustainable and safe mobility in the United States and an interdisciplinary research center in The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. CAR research focuses on: energy, safety and the environment. CAR offers state of the art facilities for students, faculty, research staff and industry partners. With a concentration on preparing the next generation of automotive leaders, CAR is recognized for: interdisciplinary emphasis on systems engineering, advanced and unique experimental facilities, collaboration on advanced product development projects with industry and a balance of government and privately sponsored research. More: car.osu.edu; @OSUCtrAutoRsrch.

About Clean Fuels Ohio
Clean Fuels Ohio is a nonprofit which strives to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Ohio’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles.

About Nissan LEAF
With more than 165,000 global sales since launch, Nissan LEAF is the world's best-selling electric vehicle. LEAF seats up to five passengers and boasts an estimated driving range on a fully-charged battery of 84 miles and MPGe ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined. The starting price of a Nissan LEAF is about $22,000 after the available maximum $7,500 federal tax credit, and LEAF offers the benefits of lower running costs and less scheduled maintenance. For more information, visit www.nissanusa.com/LEAF

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