New EV charging stations unveiled on ETSU campus

Dignitaries from ETSU, BrightRidge, TVA and Seven States Power Corp. participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the installation of a new electric vehicle charging station on ETSU’s campus. The EV station is the 100th installed by Seven States in the Tennessee Valley and runs on electric fuel provided by BrightRidge. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERTSON


East Tennessee State University and BrightRidge celebrated the installation of eight electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus last week. 

The project marked the 100th installation by Seven States Power Corporation in the Tennessee Valley. The stations are funded through student fees and powered by BrightRidge, which is providing the electric fuel. 

Seven States Power Corporation, an energy solutions company, is serving as project manager. According to Seven States, these eight Level 2 Clipper Creek EV charging stations are capable of providing 25 miles of range per hour for any electric vehicle manufactured for North America. 

The charging stations will be located in lot 15 on the corner of John Robert Bell and Seehorn Road, and in the ETSU parking garage. These stations provide the equivalent of planting 66 trees by only being used seven hours each weekday. 

As EV adoption grows, they will be able to provide enough electric fuel to reduce a level of carbon equivalent to planting more than 200 trees.           

“This has been a wonderful partnership, and we thank our friends with BrightRidge and Seven States Power Corporation for making this option available for members of the ETSU community,” said ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland.  “The presence of these charging stations on campus will help reduce any barriers to EV adoption and will also promote sustainable transportation in the Appalachian Highlands.” 

Seven States completed its first installation in 2019 in partnership with BrightRidge at the Hands On! Discovery Center and Gray Fossil Site in Gray. 

“It is an exciting day as we celebrate the installation of eight electric vehicle charging stations on the campus of ETSU,” said Betsey Kirk McCall, President and CEO of Seven States Power Corporation. “This partnership will help enable the next generation of EV drivers. It also marks the 100th installation in less than three years in the Tennessee Valley by Seven States Power Corporation, which is a remarkable milestone for our company. We thank ETSU and BrightRidge for their partnership and hope today will serve as an example to other communities across the region.” 

“BrightRidge is honored to support East Tennessee State University in its effort to ease the region’s evolution from fossil-fueled to electric-powered personal transportation,” BrightRidge CEO Jeff Dykes said Thursday. “Today’s event underscores the rapidly changing nature of transportation, and its partners like ETSU and Seven States that will help us achieve the goal of reducing range anxiety by ensuring we have ample charging capacity as these new models begin reaching our roads.”


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